February 12 is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, and February 22 is George Washington’s. According to History.com, Americans have been recognizing our first president’s birthday since the 1800s, but President’s Day didn’t officially come around until the 1960s and 70s. Here are some fun ways for you and your family to celebrate two of our most admired presidents.

Washington State History Museum
Monday, February 18
1911 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402
10:00am – 5:00pm

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Come with the family to see Click! Classic Photographs from Washington and see how our state, (the only state named after a US President) was represented, packaged, and sold to outsiders. You’ll come away with an introduction to the photographic history of Washington. Plus, there’s free admission to military personnel and their families on President’s Day. Valid military ID required.

The Presidents of the United States of America concert
Sunday, February 17
Showbox At The Market
1426 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101

Okay, this is a bit tongue and cheek, but if they are in town over President’s Day weekend, then why not? This Seattle based alternative rock band is stopping by their hometown before they head to New Zealand. Plus, every ticket purchased to see The Presidents Of The United States Of America on Sunday, February 17 can be redeemed the night of show for a FREE full length cd from their merch table! First come, first served as supplies last. Buy tickets online.

High 5 Pie
1400 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

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The old saying goes that young George Washington once told his father, “I cannot tell a lie. I chopped down the cherry tree.” So to honor George, and do something with all those cherries, why not head to Capitol Hill’s High 5 Pie for a slice of their delicious Cherry Almond. A traditional cherry pie with almond extract and a lattice crust, you can also find turn overs, and pie pops. Not into cherry pie? There’s a whole host of other flavors available, with gluten free and vegan options, too.

Seattle Children’s Museum
Monday, February 18
10:00am – 3:00pm
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, Wa 98109

Do you know which President chopped down a cherry tree? How about the name of the President on the penny? Join in for a kid sized dose of American history and dream about what you would do if you were President! Kids up through age 10 and their caregivers will enjoy a day of learning and hands on activities.

See “Lincoln” the Movie

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With 12 Oscar nominations, two SAG awards (for Daniel Day-Lewis and Tommy Lee Jones) and a Golden Globe for Day-Lewis, the Steven Spielberg directed movie is an outstanding portrayal of our 16th US President, Abraham Lincoln, at the end of his tenure, just before his assassination. The civil war, the emancipation of slaves and the turmoil of the nation are all on Lincoln’s mind as he balances the presidency with his own family issues. See it in the theater, or rent it later this month, when it’s released on Blu-Ray and DVD on February 26.