BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — This Monday is President's Day, the federal holiday honoring all U.S. presidents past and present. It's also the start of a week off for thousands of students on their Mid-Winter break.
Whether you're trying to to learn more about presidential history, or you're just looking for something fun to do on your day off, we've got your list of the best events happening around Boston on Monday February 17, 2020.
Free Admission At The ICA
The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston is offering free entry to all visitors on President's Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Included with free admission are the art-making activities in the Bank of America Art Lab on the 1st floor, and the free films all directed by women screening in the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater on the 3rd floor.
Free Admission At The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Visitors will be admitted free to the Gardner Museum on President's Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Frank Hatch Free Day is held annually in honor of Francis "Frank" Hatch (1925-2010), a longtime museum trustee, community advocate, and supporter of the arts.
The museum will be offering a family-fun day with hands-on art making, performances, music, gallery games, and local artists engaging social issues of our time.
JFK Presidential Library Family Festival Day
In celebration of President's Day, JFK Library is hosting its 9th annual Family Festival 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and kids get in free. The day will feature presidential storytelling, make-and-take creative activities, musical performances, museum tours, and hands-on programs for visitors of all ages.
According to the website, the library will have actors portraying past presidents and other historical figures, who will engage visitors in conversation. There will also be pop-up musical performances, and a closing A Capella concert at 4 p.m. All Festival Day activities are free with paid admission, and visitors under the age of 17 are admitted free of charge. There are EBT, military, and student discounts available.
A President's Day Walking Tour
Local tour company Boston By Foot will be hosting special walking tours on President's Day, where you can learn about the presidential history of Boston from the Old State House through Beacon Hill and into Back Bay.
Tour guides will educate visitors on the words and history of four generations of Adamses, and the trove of documents the Adams family left behind which describes Boston from the eve of the Revolution to the turn of the 20th century.
Faneuil Hall Kid's Pizza Classes
Starting on President's Day and going through the rest of the week, there will be several daily activities around Faneuil Hall for kids on break to enjoy.
On Monday Feb. 17, Regina Pizzeria is running a children's cooking class where kids over the age of 10 can learn to make their own pizza and decorate a delicious cookie. There are two start times; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Parents can sign their kids up ahead of time for $10 by clicking here.
Check out the events going on at Faneuil Hall Marketplace throughout the rest of the week by clicking here.
Winter Fun on the Farm Day
Whether it's snowing or not, there will be activities-a-plenty at the Chestnut Hill Farm on President's Day.
While snow-based activities like sledding and snowman building contests may not end up happening, there will be guided winter hikes where visitors can learn all about how animals live in cold weather.
There will also be a place to warm up in the farm's workshop where kids can try some winter nature crafts, hang out by the bonfire, and relax with a hot drink. Hot cocoa, hot cider, s'mores kits, and popcorn will be on sale.
Free Family Arts Day In Concord
The Umbrella Arts Center is holding a free day for families to enjoy art projects together on Monday afternoon. From 2-5 p.m. families are welcome to join in art activities using various materials, tools, and mediums provided. The projects are designed to take up to 45 minutes to complete.
Visitors are also welcome to stay for the Summer Camp Open House to learn about The Umbrella's three creative summer camps for 2020.
USS Constitution Tours and Salute
A tour of the last remaining frigate would be a classic way to celebrate President's Day since the USS Constitution was named by President George Washington after the document that defines the nation.
Although it's usually closed on Mondays, the crew of the USS Constitution in Charlestown are scheduled to open the ship from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on President's Day. At noon sharp, they will fire a 21-gun salute to honor the holiday.