Today is Presidents’ Day, a day to honor all 44 U.S. Presidents. But did you know that it was originally created as a day to celebrate George Washington’s birthday (Feb. 22, 1732)? It was later combined with Abraham Lincoln’s birthday (Feb. 12, 1809). Later, when Congress decided to create a consistent system of federal Monday holidays in 1968, it evolved into what is now known as Presidents ‘ Day around the country.
In honor of Presidents’ Day, here are a few fun activities for learning about the presidency.
Do you know how a person becomes a president?
Although we hold elections and vote for our choice, presidents are not directly elected by voters. The Electoral College officially elects the president, but it wasn’t always that way. Learn about the Electoral College.
Can you name all 44 U.S. presidents?
With the Britannica Kids: U.S. Presidents app, it’s easier than ever to learn not just their names, but some interesting facts about them too.
Britannica Kids: U.S. Presidents takes young learners on a fun and educational meet-and-greet with the 44 U.S. presidents. Bring the Oval Office into your living room with detailed profiles for every President. Tap into a wealth of interesting Presidential facts, and solidify your knowledge through quizzes, achievement badges and voiced over text.