President’s Day is this Monday and instead of stressing about how to plan out your day, we did it for you: Enjoy Silence Dogood’s Guide to Making the Most of President’s Day.
President’s Day is George Washington’s birthday and also a federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of the first President of the United States.
Here is the first good news, there is a high of 62°F and only a 10% chance of rain, so it’s going to be a fantastic day to walk through museums and enjoy Historic Philadelphia for everything it has to offer.
The President’s House
Take some time to visit the President’s House. No, we don’t mean the White House, we’re talking about the site on the corner of 6th and Market St. President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation explores the paradox of slavery and freedom at the nation’s first executive mansion.
Both George Washington and John Adams lived here during their terms.
This is closely located to the Liberty Bell Center and Independence Hall. It just seems particularly fitting to kick off your President’s Day by visiting the first executive mansion.
The Presidential House site is open from 7a.m.- 10p.m.
Next stop…A museum dedicated to Ben Franklin, sounds like one of our other favorite stops in Philly (more on that later). The Benjamin Franklin Museum features animations, artifacts and hands-on displays to learn about Franklin’s life as a printer, a scientist, a diplomat and a founder of civic institutions.
This is an underground, high-tech museum that highlights all facets of Ben Franklin’s life from a musical instrument he invented, to a working printing press where you can buy prints. While it usually costs $5 for admission, on President’s Day there will be free admission and we definitely recommended that you check it out.
The museum opens at 9a.m. and takes about an hour to walk through making it the perfect morning activity.
You just spent your morning in a museum dedicated to Benjamin Franklin, now it’s time to head to Silence Dogood’s Tavern, a bar/restaurant inspired by Benjamin Franklin.
Fuel up with one of their flatbreads, some tater tots, maybe a salad, whatever keeps you going.
At Silence Dogood’s, the mission is simple: “Stiff drinks, hearty food and a convivial place to gather and debate the news of the day. Whether you’re a Philadelphian by birth or just passing through, we hope you will find in our modest establishment good friends and good food that will keep you moving the rest of the afternoon.”
Now you have some food in your stomach, so what comes next?
The National Constitution Center, also offers free admission this Monday. You can stop by to check out hands-on activities, exhibits and a number of special events including a voting booth activity and a costume contest.
This museum gives an excellent overview of the Constitution and its amendments and how the document came into being and has evolved over time.
Whether you are a history buff or want to learn more, this museum is perfect to entertain both. With interactive exhibits and a live show, it is both engaging and educational, especially on President’s Day.
A crowd favorite are the bronze statues of the signatories situated as if they were really in the act of the signing.
Museum-goers have reported it taking anywhere from two and a half to three hours to make it through the museum, so it is the perfect afternoon activity before you go home and get ready to start your week.
If you need a little more guidance as you explore Historic Philadelphia, check out Big Red Pedal’s Historic Square Mile Tour that covers many of these sites and takes you beyond “the beaten path” all around Old City.
Visit www.bigredpedaltours.com to book your President’s Day ride today!