(photo credit: Thinkstock)

(photo credit: Thinkstock)

President’s Day has historically been about patriotism and celebratory eating. Originally a day to mark the birthday of America’s first President, George Washington, this holiday was changed in 1968 to include all great American Presidents and combine Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson who had their own days.  Since the culmination of this significant holiday, President’s Day has been associated in celebration with other patriotic holidays such as Memorial Day, Labor Day and Veteran’s Day.  It is a day typically set aside to enjoy American activities.  Here are a list of five ways to do just that in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Carnegie Museum Of Natural History
4400 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 622-3131

History and President’s Day go hand in hand. Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Natural History is holding exhibits throughout the season that explore Empowering Women, Age of Dinosaurs, Population Impact and several other ongoing displays. Families of all sizes can explore the museum on President’s Day and enjoy extended holiday hours for the holiday. Knowing how America began and how far it has come is a great way to celebrate the day honoring the men who have lead America into modern society. With the exhibit on Empowering Women, a visit to the museum even gives a hint into the future of just what a future president may look like.

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Three Rivers Cup Tournament Series
330 Hookstown Grade Road
Moon Township, PA 15108
(412) 264-2222

Hours: Through Feb.18

Hockey, like most sports, is a big part of living in Pittsburgh. Going to a hockey game with the whole family is a great way to celebrate America and President’s Day. Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Cup Tournament Series, sponsored by Hockey Time Productions is holding a USA Hockey sanctioned event in greater Pittsburgh to celebrate the holiday. The event is free to get into and there are several games to watch. Nothing is more American and celebratory of our founding fathers then a sports event in Pittsburgh.

Carnegie Museum Of Art
4400 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 622-3131

Hours: Feb. 18


Carnegie Museum of Art is open on President’s Day to invite visitors in for exploration into the Celebration of Two Decades of Heinz Architectural Design in Pittsburgh. An important cultural study in America is its history of Architecture. The design and structure of each institution and significant historical building (including The White House) can be traced through study of Architectural Design. Pittsburgh’s own unique history of design is being celebrated in art and design at Carnegie Museum of Art.

Children’s Museum Pittsburgh
10 Children’s Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 322-5058

Hours: Feb. 18

Pittsburgh’s Children’s Museum is holding a Move It Just Dance Tournament on Presidents Day. Getting healthy and moving is part of celebrating America’s future and what a better way to do that with the family than dancing? The Children’s Museum has several rooms and floors to explore the ingenuity that has gone into America’s progress and with the addition of this get moving event, the museum’s President’s Day event can bring everyone in the family to their feet.

Related: Best Ways To Experience The Presidential Inauguration In Pittsburgh

Senator John Heinz History Center
1212 Smallman St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 454-6000

Hours: Feb. 16 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Celebrate Presidents Day Weekend by meeting some of America’s most famous presidents — or at least actors who will do a good job of impersonating them. The Senator John Heinz History Center will bring in Abraham Lincoln in the morning and George Washington in the afternoon. The two legendary presidents will be available to take photos with visitors, answer questions and just hang out. Besides, as the largest history museum in Pennsylvania, the Heinz History Center would be worth a visit any day.

Angel Rodrigues relocated to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and loves exploring all things in the ‘Burgh. Whether it’s the local eateries, bakeries or shopping outlets, Pittsburgh is an exciting place to explore. You can find her work on Examiner.com.