Things To Do Presidents Day Weekend Queens
Things To Do In Queens Over The Presidents Day Weekend
February 10, 2020 / Things To Do Queens NY / Queens Buzz NYC.
Presidents Day Weekend Weather. The Temperature highs will be in the mid 30's on Friday, dropping to the high 20's on Saturday and rising into the 40's on Sunday and Monday. The temperature lows will be in the low teens Friday, the mid 20's on Saturday, rising into the 30's Sunday and Monday. Precipitation - There's a small chance [30%] of a small amount of precipitation [way under an inch] later Sunday and early morning Monday. Winds will be around 15 mph Friday, dropping into the single digits for the rest of the long weekend. The Humidity will be in the high 30% range on Friday & Saturday, rising to about 60% on Sunday and Monday. Click for Queens Weather.
The photo at right was taken at Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island which commemorates Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 1941 speech declarating the inalienable rights of all people. The four freedoms are 1) Freedom of Speech, 2) Freedom of Worship, 3) Freedom of Want and 4) Freedom of Fear.
Presidents Day is a time to reflect on the performance of our current presidents and legislators, and how they stack up against their historical peers. And in that reflection it's worth asking ourselves what we've done to contribute or detract from the national conversation.
Brief History of Presidents Day Holiday in NYC
A day commemorating Lincoln's birthday was first passed in Buffalo, New York in the early 1870's. Presidents Day originated as Washington's Birthday which was a holiday narrowly prescribed for federal government offices in Washington, D.C. in 1879. The holiday was dedicated to honoring the memory of the first American president, George Washington who was born on February 22, 1732.
In 1885 the holiday was expanded to include all federal government offices around the nation. In 1951 there was a push to create a Presidents Day holiday [vs a George Washington's birthday holiday] to include President Lincoln whose birthday is February 12, 1809 and was also celebrated by localities, but it didn't pass.
In 1971 the holiday was moved off of George Washington's birth date to being the third Monday in February. Thus while it never falls upon Washington's birthday 2/22, the official name of the holiday remains Washington's Birthday. But today, most folks refer to it as Presidents Day and to recognize the presidents who honored the U.S. Constitution and served the interests of the people.
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Things To Do Presidents Day Weekend Queens
Things To Do In Queens Over The Presidents Day Weekend
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History & Historic Sites In Queens - Presidents Day Weekend Events
Queens has a number of historical societies, most of which are affiliated with one of the historical sites in Queens. The Queens Historical Society is located in the Kingsland Homestead, an early American home [built 1785] in Flushing. The location is 143-35 37th Avenue at Bowne Street in Flushing.
The Bayside Historical Society is located at 208 Totten Avenue inside of Fort Totten, an old historic fort overlooking the area wherethe East River meets the Long Island Sound in northern Bayside.
The Ridgewood Historical Society is located in the Onderdonk House at 1820 Flushing Avenue between Onderdonk Avenue and Cypress Avenue. It's a Dutch settler's home dating back hundreds of years.
The King Manor Museum is located in King Park in Jamaica, which is located along Jamaica Avenue between 150th and 153rd Streets. The home was once a large farm owned by Rufus King, one of the signers of the U.S. Constitution.
The photo at right was taken at King Manor, showing some of the historical roles and connections played by the King family in American history.
And the Astoria Historical Society which was located in the Quinn Building on Broadway in Astoria is now located at 44-02 23rd Street in Long Island City.
Most of these historical societies have exhibits, programs and films that run through the year.
Queens also has a number of interesting historic sites located within an approximately 10 square block area in hisstoric Flushing, many of which date back to colonial times. In addition to those mentioned above, there's the Flushing Town Hall, which has been transformed into a cultural center, but also provides some historical references.
The Quaker Meeting House is located on Northern Blvd in Flushing, not far from Flushing Town Hall. It was one of the early Quaker places of worship in the New World.
The Bowne House, not far from the Kingsland Homestead, was the colonial home of John Bowne who pleaded for religious freedom to the Dutch East Indies Company back in the 1600's.
Some of the newer sites include the Voelker Orth House, which is a well preserved Victorian Home located in Flushing.
The Louis Latimer House, where the famed African American inventor, who worked for Thomas Edison, once lived.
And the Louis Armstrong House, where the famous jazz musician lived.
Art Exhibits In Queens - Presidents Day Weekend Things To Do
Click here to view some of the in-progress art exhibits in Queens this Presidents Day weekend.
The PS1 MoMA Museum located at 22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue in Long Island City is open throughout the weekend and oftentimes hosts a number of different art / music performances.
There's also the Noguchi Museum of sculpture which is located at 9-01 33rd Road at Vernon Blvd along the northern LIC / Astoria neighborhood border.
And the Sculpture Center is located at 44-19 Purves Street off Jackson Avenue, only a few blocks from MoMA PS1 in LIC.
And in Flushing there's the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park which has an array of artistic, cultural and historic exhibits and programs and films.
The photo at right shows one of the works in an exhibit in 2009 about immigrants from the Middle East at the Queens Museum.
Theater In Queens - Presidents Day Weekend Things To Do
Queens has an array of theater venues for the performing arts, many of which have performances going on through the MLK Weekend. Some of the more notable performing arts venues in Queens include the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center at 31-10 Thomson Avenue between Van Dam and 31st Street in Long Island City.
The photo at right shows a theatrical performance at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center in LIC.
Nearby there are two independently run theaters, the Chocolate Factory and the Secret Theater - both also in LIC.
The Chocolate Factory is located at 5-49 49th Avenue off Vernon Blvd in Long Island City.
The Secret Theater is located at 44-02 23rd Street between 44th Avenue and 44th Road in Long Island City.
There's also Queens Theater [in the park], is located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
The York College Bassin Performing Arts Center is located at 94-45 Guy Brewer Blvd between Archer and Liberty Avenues on the York College campus in Jamaica.
And there's the Queens College Kupferberg Center located at 65-30 Kissena Blvd off Harding Expressway on the Queens College campus. Both also a highly regarded performing arts center in Queens.
Flushing Town Hall located at 137-35 Northern Blvd between Linden Place and Leavitt Street in Flushing is a center for musical, dance and cultural performances.
And the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning at 161-40 Jamaica Avenue and the Jamaica Performing Arts Center at 153-10 along Jamaica Avenue are both centers of cultural activities - including art, dance, theater and music.
And, while not a performing arts venue, the Museum of the Moving Image, or MoMI as it is called, is located at 35th Street and 35th Avenue in Astoria / LIC is worth a considerable mention. They have film screenings, film and related exhibits throughout the year and there are also oftentimes thematic programs related to issues, culture, people and events of today and of yesteryears.
Click here to view the Theatre section of the Queens Events Calendar to see what's doing this Queens Presidents Day weekend things to do - Queens events Presidents Day NYC.
Shopping In Queens - Things To Do over the Presidents Day Weekend
This is a great weekend to do a bit of shopping. Click here to view our shopping sections of the following neighborhoods: Astoria Shopping, LIC Shopping, Sunnyside Shopping, Woodside Shopping, Jackson Heights Shopping.
Each of these shopping sections includes links to home pages, which have slide shows of merchandise as well as maps, store hours, phone numbers and telephone numbers.
Dining In Queens - Presidents Day Day Weekend
Food in Queens has always been good. The authentic ethnic restaurant choices are difficult to match anywhere, and the prices too. Click here to view the Queens Restaurants section of the site, which includes reviews of the restaurants we've selected to review.
Presidents Day Events In Queens NYC
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