George Washington, the man whose portrait bedecks our dollar bill, is coming up on his 281st birthday, which is celebrated as part of Presidents Day (Monday, Feb. 18). So the Hudson Valley is celebrating with an array of events in honor of all Wshington contributed as the first president of the United States. Here they are, separated by date and location (Westchester, Rockland and the Hudson Valley).
Saturday-Monday, Feb. 16-18 in White Plains: The Royal Hanneford Circus is back for its 38th year this Presidents Day weekend. The all-new show features tigers, motorcycle madness, quick change magic, high-flying beauties, the famous Hanneford Elephants, and special guest star Grandma. Showtimes are 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Info: Westchester County Center, 198 Central Ave., White Plains; 914-995-4050; countycenter.biz; $29.50 for adults, $23.50 for children; free for kids under 2.
Sunday, Feb. 17 in White Plains: Celebrate Washington’s 281st birthday at the Jacob Purdy House, a historic site source-documented as his headquarters when he was a general fighting the British. There will be a flag-raising ceremony, revolutionary color guard, refreshments and entertainment. The event is from 1 to 3 p.m. Info: Jacob Purdy House, 60 Park Ave., White Plains; 914-328-1776; whiteplainshistory.org; free.
Monday, Feb. 18 in Mount Vernon: Presidents Day will mark the opening of a new exhibition, “St. Paul’s Church & the Civil War,” at St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site. The display chronicles the struggles of the parish and the town during the conflict from 1861 to 1865. The site is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features a talk by professor Robert Valentine about religion and the Civil War and afternoon re-enactments commemorating Presidents Day and Black History Month. Info: St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site, 897 S. Columbus Ave., Mount Vernon; 914-667-4116; nps.gov/sapa; parking and admission are free.
Saturday-Monday, Feb. 16-18 in New Windsor: See musket and cannon firings, military medicine and other Army demonstrations for three days at the New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site. The program runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. Info: New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site, 374 Temple Hill Rd., New Windsor; 845-561-1765, ext. 22; nysparks.com; free.
Monday, Feb. 18 in Kerhonkson: Make the most out of the snow and join park educators for a snowshoe hike, winter scavenger hunt, a thicket game in the woods and a bird feeder craft activity in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. The program is recommended for children ages 7-10 accompanied by a parent or guardian. Snowshoes may be rented from the Park Preserve Office. Preregistration is required. Meet at Peter’s Kill Climbing Area at 1:30 p.m. Info: Minnewaska State Park Preserve, 5281 Route 44-55, Kerhonkson; 845-255-0752; nysparks.com; free admission, parking is $8 per car, and showshoe rental is $5 per person.