Paducah Parks and Recreation has partnered with the Paducah Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution to hold the fourth annual ‘I Heart Presidents Day’ on Saturday, February 9. The event will take place at the Robert Cherry Civic Center and its a free, so Kids and families can stop by at any time between 10 am and 1 pm. There will be free snacks and gift bags while supplies last.
“‘I Heart Presidents Day’ is a unique event with fun presidential themed activities for the whole family, “ explained Recreation Specialist, Taylor Morsching. The activities are educational and remind us of our great American culture.”
“New this year will be story time with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln - each president will make an appearance and read a book about themselves. There will be lots of other great activities and games which will make for a fun day. Best of all its a free to attend.”
Kids of all ages will have the opportunity to make crafts and learn about different presidents and early American culture. Organizers have been very creative and there’s lots to do including:
Snapping your own presidential portrait in colonial attire; story time with President George Washington and writing him a letter; making a tricorn or mob hat; coloring and making a George Washington or Abraham Lincoln mask, or silhouette; Presidential Plink; learning to use a quill pen; Pin the Hat on the President, and much more!
They will have decorations highlighting each president with some fun facts and posters with information on the White House. Many of the activities such as quill writing, making a tricorn and mob hats, and taking a presidential portrait in colonial outfit reflect what people were wearing and doing back in colonial times.
You’ll want to get there early because this year the first 60 children will receive a gift bag containing presidential activity books, pencils, president rubber duckies, patriotic disc shooters, patriotic mini blow-up balls, and bookmarks. There will also be light refreshments served including cookies, lemonade, and water.
“We expect around 60-100 people stop by during the three hours,” Morsching told me. “Last year was the first year we had George Washington and Abraham Lincoln attend and we are happy to announce they will be back this year. George Washington will be reading a story about himself at 11 am and then Abraham Lincoln doing the same at 12 pm. They will also be around for a ‘meet and greet’ with the kids and adults in attendance.”
For more information about ‘I Heart Presidents Day’ event and other Paducah Parks & Recreation activities, call 270.444.8508 or visit the Parks office located at 1400 H.C. Mathis Drive.
Presidents’ Day is celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on February 22 - Washington’s actual day of birth - the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers.
While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents, past and present.