When is Presidents Day? The Perfect Long Weekend, a 3-Day NY Winter Holiday

A Winter Weekend in Brooklyn

••• The official name of this annual February American holiday is still Washington's Birthday. But everyone calls it Presidents Day. Graphic courtesy of US Govt.

The annual three-day weekend in February known as Presidents Day is a great time for a quick winter getaway to Brooklyn. Tourists by the tens of thousands pour into New York City, including Brooklyn, on this holiday. So, first things first, when is the three-day Presidents Day weekend? Presidents Day is February 20th, 2017, so plan either a weekend or a full week in Brooklyn. 

You can follow this itinerary for a Weekend in Brooklyn, but you should also note the fun events wintertime actives in Brooklyn or if you have kids in tow, you can use this guide for the best kid-friendly spots around Brooklyn.

 The borough offers year round actives and must-visit locations. 

Just to note, Presidents Day is a federal holiday and so federal offices and post offices are closed. (Find out about federal holidays.) Although there are no parades or major public events in Brooklyn, though the event is marked by programs at some museums and public libraries (though Brooklyn libraries, too, are closed on Monday for the holiday). An added plus, typically, major national chain stores have big Presidents Day weekend sales, mostly at malls. (Find out more about shopping at Brooklyn malls.) Many local shops also offer holidays sales. 

If you're looking for some Presidents Weekend Activities, here are five great ways to celebrate Presidents Day. 

Get Schooled in American History: If you can't score tickets to Hamilton, you can still learn about our founding fathers at these historic spots around Brooklyn.  Brooklyn is teeming with historic spots, spend a day at the The Harbor Defense Museum at Fort Hamilton or take a trip to a historic 18th-century house in Prospect Park, where you can enjoy an interactive historic experience by partaking in activities including churning butter, candle making, etc.


Spend the Day in Nature: Although the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is usually closed on Mondays, the gardens open on a select few Mondays in the year including Presidents Day and Martin Luther King Day. Spend Presidents Day strolling through the scenic gardens or warm up inside in the Desert Pavilion in the the Steinhart Conservatory.

The roses and cherry blossoms might not be in bloom, but the gardens are still a serene spot to reflect and embrace the last few weeks of winter. If you have access to a sled, after your trip to the gardens, you should walk toward Prospect Park and go sledding. 

Being Romantic: Spend the weekend smooching all over the borough at these best places to kiss in Brooklyn or head to these romantic spots. This year Presidents Day falls after Valentines Day, so you can extend your celebration with a trip to Brooklyn. From walks down snow covered quaint tree lined streets to main streets with a plethora of indie shops, there are many ways to spend it with your special sweetie.

Go Bowling: Head to Brooklyn Bowl for their annual Presidents Day Family Bowl, where you can attempt to bowl a strike as you devour cuisine from the gourmet restaurant at the alley, Blue Ribbon. Don't forget to order some fried chicken. After you've bowled a few games, if it isn't bitterly cold, explore Williamsburg. Brooklyn Bowl is located in the heart of Williamsburg, making it an ideal spot to start your stroll through this industrial trendy hood.

See a Flick: Forget Netflix or spending the afternoon at a ubiquitous multiplex, head to Brooklyn for a unique film going experience.

 With the new addition of the Alamo Drafthouse in Downtown Brooklyn, another fantastic dine-in movie theater in Brooklyn, you should definitely have a meal and see a flick in Brooklyn this winter. It's a perfect way to warm up and see some Oscar contenders before the awards. Check out these incredible Brooklyn movie theaters, from great dine-in theaters to movie halls that show foreign films, there are many places to see a film in Brooklyn.  

Edited by Alison Lowenstein