Presidents Day Worksheets
All About These 15 Worksheets
This series of 15 worksheets is an engaging and educational resource designed to commemorate and explore the history, significance, and achievements of Presidents Day. These worksheets provide students with an opportunity to learn about the presidency, notable presidents, and the impact of their leadership. Through a variety of activities, they will deepen their understanding of the presidency, foster critical thinking skills, and develop an appreciation for the role of the president in shaping the nation. Through these worksheets, students will:
- Learn all about the origins of Presidents Day and demonstrate their knowledge on it through a variety of exercises like fill-in-the-blanks, infographic making, writing prompts, and true or false questions;
- Enrich their vocabulary skills on terminologies related to Presidents Day and leadership;
- Reflect on the responsibilities of a president and think of what they would do should they be put in that position of leadership;
- Choose a famous quotation from a former U.S. president and relate it to the current state of the country;
- Do a research on a former U.S. president to share facts on who they are and what they did;
- Compare and contrast two former U.S. presidents;
- And express what they think leadership is.
This series provides an immersive and educational resource for students to commemorate and explore the history, significance, and achievements of Presidents Day. Through activities encompassing the presidency, notable presidents, quotations, fun facts, and reflection on leadership, students will deepen their understanding, foster critical thinking skills, and develop an appreciation for the role of the president in shaping the nation. In summary, these worksheets promote a sense of civic engagement, historical appreciation, and inspire students to recognize the importance of leadership in a democratic society.
What is Presidents Day?
Presidents Day, also known as Washington’s Birthday, is a federal holiday in the United States celebrated on the third Monday of February. The holiday was initially established in 1885 to honor the birthday of George Washington, the first President of the United States, who was born on February 22, 1732. Over time, the holiday has evolved to recognize and celebrate the lives and accomplishments of all U.S. presidents, with a particular focus on Washington and Abraham Lincoln, who was also born in February (February 12, 1809).
The official name of the holiday remains “Washington’s Birthday” according to the U.S. government. However, the term “Presidents Day” became more common in the 1960s and 1970s, when the Uniform Monday Holiday Act moved the celebration of several federal holidays, including Washington’s Birthday, to Mondays in order to create more three-day weekends for American workers. This change, which took effect in 1971, contributed to the holiday’s association with both Washington and Lincoln, as well as other presidents.
Presidents Day is typically observed with various events and activities that celebrate American history and the contributions of past presidents. This can include parades, reenactments, museum exhibitions, and educational programs. In addition, many businesses and retailers offer special sales and promotions during the holiday weekend.
While the federal holiday is observed on the third Monday of February, individual states may choose to celebrate the lives and achievements of past presidents in different ways or on different days, with some states opting to recognize specific presidents with their own designated holidays.