Washington's Birthday is a federal holiday in the U.S. celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States (actually born on February 22). Usually, it's commonly known as President's Day and is often an occasion to remember all the presidents, not just George Washington or Abraham Lincoln (born on February 12). The term "President's Day" was informally coined in a deliberate attempt to use the holiday to honor multiple presidents and is virtually always used that way today.
Many buinessess are open as usual and many stores hold sales on President's Day, while most federal offices are closed for the holiday obsered on Monday, February 16th this year. Some schools also close for the whole week as a mid-winter recess.
For some ideas of things to do in Albany, this holiday weekend, check out the following website for ideas: http://www.wegoplaces.com/albany-ny-presidents-day-weekend
Another great choice on President's Day is to visit the Albany Institute of History & Art for free! The whole family will enjoy their new exhibit Triple Play! Baseball. A few additional activities that will be held at the Institute on Monday, February 16th will be:
- Drop-In Art Making: 10am - 4:30pm
- Performances by Storyteller Nancy Marie Payne at 1pm & 3pm
- Gallery Talks at 1pm and 3:30pm