BOSTON - As one of the original colonies of the United States of America and one of the states that is often referred to as being connected to the "cradle of liberty," Massachusetts has a ton of history that is often tied to political history, as well.
Much of this history is celebrated during President's Day weekend in February. After all, a ton of presidents have ties to the state of Massachusetts, including both John Adams and John Quincy Adams, Calvin Coolidge, and the great John F. Kennedy. But all of these presidents have long since passed. And while there might be a new president with local roots soon, how are we supposed to celebrate this 2020 instance of President's Day?
As it is a national holiday, many of Massachusetts' services will be like services around the country. Many banks, libraries, and postal services will be closed, as shared by Masslive. Of course, school is out of session, as well, with many local districts currently embarking on February vacation.
The MBTA has mostly transitioned to operating on a Saturday schedule today, rather than a typical Monday schedule. But many privately-owned operations, like shops and restaurants, will remain open today. It really is more of a government holiday, after all.
At least, it won't be as bitterly cold as it was at the end of last week and over the weekend, too. Today's high in Boston is 43 degrees with a low of 25. Couple that with no chance of precipitation and a mostly sunny day and that's pretty good weather to explore what the city has to offer for those looking to celebrate President's Day in style.
The most obvious option is to explore the areas of Massachusetts that have been dedicated to our local presidents. Make a visit to the presidential libraries of Kennedy and Coolidge! Fortunately, President's Day is not one of the holidays they close for. (They will likely do big business today as people have presidents on the mind!) The Adams National Historical Park, however, will have to be visited a different day as it closes for federal holidays.
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