#CelebrateWithDE – Presidents’ Day

Presidents’ Day is a federal holiday that honors the legacies of former U.S. Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Use the Discovery Education Streaming and Social Studies Techbook resources to explore the history of this holiday, and learn more about the two presidents it honors.

Virtual Viewing Party

Friday, February 17 | 1 PM (ET)

Discovery Education is hosting a Presidents’ Day Virtual Viewing Party on Friday, February 17. Visit our event page to find out more and register your class. You’ll also find more instructional suggestions to support your teaching around Presidents’ Day.

Featured Resources

Presidents’ Day Content Collection
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Content Collection

Trace the history of Presidents’ Day, a federal holiday in the United States held on the third Monday in February. Designated to honor George Washington, the country’s first president, the holiday was initially celebrated on the day of Washington’s birth (February 22). However, more recently the name “Presidents’ Day” was introduced as a deliberate attempt to fashion the day into one that honors all presidents and all things presidential.
Holiday Facts and Fun: Presidents’ Day
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, Full Video

This video explains why Washington is known as the “father of his country.” It also tells the story of Lincoln’s emancipation proclamation and explains how our 16th president prevented the United States from being destroyed. Taped in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, Salem, Illinois, and Mount Vernon, Virginia, as well as many other locations, this program brings history to life for young viewers.
The Civil War: Two Views: Abraham Lincoln’s Leadership
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Audio

Traces Abraham Lincoln’s presidential campaign against Stephen Douglas, highlighting the important issues that ultimately influenced his election, focusing specifically on slavery. Describing the polarizing effect John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry had on both Republicans and Democrats, the track explores the impetus behind South Carolina’s secession from the Union and the establishment of the Confederate States of America.
George Washington Content Collection
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Content Collection

Witness the life of one of the United States’ best-known historical figures, the general and statesman George Washington. A native of Virginia, Washington was a planter who served in the military during the French and Indian War, and later led the American army in the Revolutionary War. He won unanimous election as the nation’s first president under the Constitution, and his administration set many important precedents still used in government today.


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