Best Presidents Day Weekend Things To Do In New Jersey

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Presidents Day

President's Day is a United States federal holiday that was initially created to honor and celebrates the life and achievements of George Washington, the first President of the United States (1789-1797) and 'The Father of his Country'. More recently In 1971, it was changed to the third Monday of February to honor and remember all past US presidents, and in particular Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson. The celebration of President's Day has become a three day weekend event and an occasion for community celebrations and parades. Many stores and businesses hold special sales.

This year Presidents Day is Celebrated on Monday, February 18, 2019.

Northern New Jersey President's Day (weekend) Events

Kidz Bop Live
Friday, February 15, 2019; 7:00PM
Prudential Center
Newark, NJ
A family concert featuring kid-friendly versions of today's biggest pop music hits sung by kids

Frozen Carnival in Ice

February 15 - 18, 2019
Skylands Stadium
94 Championship Place
Augusta, NJ
(973) 383-7644
Parking is Free  
This indoor/outdoor event will feature more than 100 tons of ice transformed into breathtaking displays by the amazing ice artists at Sculpted Ice Works. Frozen in Ice will thrill both adults and children, and offers plenty of great photo and selfie opportunities! You can also enjoy hot food and beverages, s'mores for roasting, carnival games, shopping, and more.

Maurice Hines Is Tappin' Thru Life
Sat Feb 16, 2-10: 3:00PM & 7:00PM
New Jersey Performing Arts Center - Victoria Theater
Newark, NJ

Maple Sugaring Demo & Festival
Saturday & Sunday, February 16, 17, .2019
Seatings: 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center .
247 Southern Boulevard
Chatham, NJ
Cost: $3 per person age 3 & up
973.635.6629. No registration is required, but seating is first come, first served. All ages welcome.
Learn how to identify and tap maple trees, collect sap, and make syrup over a wood-fired evaporator. Taste-test different syrups at the end.

Jersey Shore Home Show
February 16 & 17, 2019: Saturday 10AM to 8PM & Sunday 10AM to 6PM
Meadowlands Expo Center
355 Plaza Drive
Secaucus NJ
The New Jersey Home Show, where there is something for in and around your home! Come see a wide selection of home improvement professionals in a fun, interactive environment. Meet with and compare our expert exhibitors.

Journey of Sap to Syrup
February 16, & 18, 2019: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Watchung Reservation
452 New Providence Road
Mountainside, NJ 07092
See how 100% real maple syrup is made from the sap of a sugar maple tree. Find out what equipment is needed to collect sap and take part in a taste test to see if you can identify the real thing. Dress for the weather. There will be a short walk to the tapped tree.

Maple Sugaring
Sunday, February 17, 2019
Visitor Center
Tenafly Nature Center
313 Hudson Ave.
Tenafly, NJ
This is a great, family outdoor winter experience. Learn how to identify a maple tree and the history of syrup making and how technology has changed the way we gather sap over the centuries. The group will check Tenafly Nature Center's tapped tree and boil down sap to make fresh, warm maple syrup, a sweet treat for all to taste. All ages are welcome.

Maple Sugaring at the Environmental Education Center
February 17, 2019; Noon and 2:00pm
The Environmental Education Center
190 Lord Stirling Road
Basking Ridge
Visit Site
Visitors will get see how trees are tapped, view sap-collecting methods past and present, and see the boiling process that produces delicious New Jersey maple syrup. This 90-minute program is conducted at our Sugar Shack, a ½-mile hike from the EEC.
Please arrive at the EEC 20-30 minutes before the program start time and dress appropriately for the weather conditions.
Boots are recommended as the trails can be wet, muddy, and/or covered by snow.
Organized groups (such as schools) may schedule weekday demonstrations by calling the EEC at 908 766-2489, ext. 332.

Presidents Day For Kids
Monday, February 18, 2019; 10:00 AM 12:00 PM
Crane House & Historic YWCA
110 Orange Road
Montclair, NJ
Cost: Admission is $10/child. Registration required in advance
Presidents' Day should be about more than just a good sale. At the Crane House and Historic YWCA, your child will discover how our past presidents (and their wives and children) lived through crafts and other activities at this drop-off progra. Appropriate for children ages 6 to 10, children under 6 cannot be left unattended.

Presidents Day Trailside Talks

Monday, February 18, 2019
Watchung Reservation
452 New Providence Road
Mountainside, NJ 07092
For families ages 5 & up. Preregistration Required. Fee: $5/person IC, $6/person OC
10:00 - 11:00 AM --- Hoo - Hoo Eats Who?
Wild Birds Unlimited of Scotch Plains will introduce you to some of the owls in the neighborhood. Listen to their calls and discover the mystery of what owls are eating. Owls often swallow their prey whole, but parts like teeth, skulls, claws and feathers are too dangerous to pass through the owl's digestive tract.
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ---- Ssyrup is made from the sap of a sugar maple tree. Find out what equipment is needed to collect sap and take part in a taste test to see if you can identify the real thing. Dress for the weather. There will be a short walk to the tapped tree.
1:30 - 2:15 PM --- Matinee: Magic with Joe Fischer. Join Joe Fischer for an afternoon filled with a perfect blend of magic, audience participation, comedy and excitement.

3:00pm - 4:00pm ---Animal Clue Winter Walk Search for buck rubs, animal tracks, nibbled twigs and other signs that tell us our animal neighbors have visited. Warm up around a campfire with hot chocolate and toast marshmallows.

American Girl Live
Mon Feb 18, 2019; 2:00PM & 5:30PM
Community Theatre At Mayo Center For The Performing Arts
Morristown, NJ

Central New Jersey President's Day (weekend) Events

A Conversation with Martha Washington
February 16, 2019; 2pm
The Historic Village
Allaire Village Chapel
4263 Atlantic Avenue
Farmingdale, NJ
Cost: $15
ortrayed by Pat Jordan - join us for an historical interpretation in the Allaire Chapel of Martha Washington, as she offers her insights into her life and times and the man who became the First President of the United States. (Seating is Limited!) Although Martha Washington was never considered a beauty, the diminutive "Lady Washington" was known for her deep compassion and for her ability to listen and converse with interest and intelligence with people from all walks of life and in all social circumstances. Martha could dance a lively jig and enjoyed a rollicking reel. She ran Mount Vernon while "The General" was busy fighting the Revolution. And nothing delighted her more than the sound of children's laughter, although her four children all died by age 27. This "most agreeable consort" partnered our First President, traveling great distances to be by his side to inspire her husband and the troops. And she bore great hardships apart from her husband, including long absences during the years of his Presidency. Martha compared her life with George to "two coals glowing in the fire."

Chicago - The Musical
Sat Feb 16, 2019; 2:00PM & 8:00PM
State Theatre - NJ
New Brunswick, NJ

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Iowa Hawkeyes
Sat Feb 16, 2019; 6:00PM
Louis Brown Athletic Center
Piscataway, NJ

Maple Sugaring at Happy Day Farm

February 16th & 17th, 2019 (weather permtting)
Happy Day Farm
106 Iron Ore Rd
Manalapan, NJ
Facebook page
(732) 977-3607
Cost: $3.00 per person, children under two are FREE. Tractor ride included
Come lend Farmer Tim a hand in the process! You can't make this chemistry up! Real science. Real maple. Come see the process for yourself in Olivia's Sugar Shack!
Freezing nights and thawing days mark the beginning of maple sugaring season, and at Happy Day Farm the work of tapping trees and boiling sap is underway. This is a great outdoor winter experience where attendees will take a tractor ride of our 130-acre farm with over 600 maple trees and it takes 35 to 40 gallons of sap to make a gallon of syrup.

Jack Hanna's Into the Wild Live
February 18, 2019 (10am, 12pm, &3pm)
State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
A show for animal lovers of all ages! America's most beloved animal expert, Jack Hanna, brings his Emmy Award®-winning television series to the stage with Jack Hanna's Into the Wild Live! In this awe-inspiring event, Jungle Jack will introduce you to some of the world's spectacular animals. Jack will also share humorous stories and amazing exclusive footage from his worldwide adventures.

Southern New Jersey President's Day (weekend) Events

Atlantic City RV & Camping Show
 February 15 - 17, 2019
Atlantic City Convention Center
One Convention Blvd.
Atlantic City
Camping enthusiasts can find the all under one roof opportunity begin planning your camping vacations for the coming season, trading up to your dream RV, see the new 2017 RVs, or just learn about the joys of travel in a recreational vesicle.

Brian McKnight
Fri Feb 15, 2019; 8:00PM
Revel Ovation Hall
Atlantic City

Sea Turtle Awarness Weekend
February 16 - 18 , 2019
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ
844-474-FISH (3474)
This weekend long event features an array of turtle-y awesome activities all weekend-long as we raise money for the Sea Turtle Conservancy, an international non-profit organization headquartered in Florida that works to conserve and recover sea turtle populations through research, education, advocacy and protection of the natural habitats.

President's Day Weekend at Sahara Sam's
Friday, Feb 15th – Monday, Feb 18th, 2019: Hours: Friday 2/15: 12 PM – 7 PM Sat. 2/16 – Mon. 2/18: 10 AM – 7 PM
Sahara Sam's Oasis
535 North Route 73
West Berlin, NJ 08091
Celebrate the leaders of this country with a splash! What makes for a great weekend? Celebrating former presidents + a day off from school! This year, we can help you keep some extra George Washingtons in your pocket! Use promo code SSPRES4 when you purchase tickets online for visits February 15th – February 18th and save an extra $4! PS: Season Pass Holders splash for FREE every day of President's Day weekend! *29.99 – 32.99 price is based on using the promo code when purchasing tickets online for President's Day weekend

Theresa Caputo
Sat Feb 16, 2019; 8:00PM
Borgata Events Center
Atlantic City

Patti LaBelle
Sat Feb 16, 2019; 8:00PM
Tropicana Showroom at Tropicana Casino
Atlantic City

Erykah Badu
Sat Feb 16, 2019; 8:00PM
Boardwalk Hall Arena - Boardwalk Hall
Atlantic City

Cape May Wine Trail
February 16, 2019; 11AM - 5PM
Trolley leaves from the Physick Estate at 11am and returns approx. 5 pm.
Physick Estate
Cape May, NJ
Cost: $75
Includes lunch and a brief tour and wine tasting at Willow Creek Winery, plus a wine tasting, cheese and crackers and a souvenir glass at Natali Vineyards.

Connect with Nature: Maple Sugaring
Sunday, February 17, 2019, 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Rancocas Nature Center
794 Rancocas Rd.
Westampton, NJ 08060
Preregister by calling RNC at 609-261-2495. Cost: RNC members: $7/person, $15/family (limit 5) Nonmembers: $9/person, $21/family (limit 5)
Visit Site
What a tasty way to spend a winter afternoon! Bring the whole family and enjoy a program about maple sugaring, the oldest continuous industry in North America. Learn about the sugar maple tree and the history of maple sugaring, observe a tapping demonstration, and enjoy a maple syrup tasting. To ward off the chills, we'll have an old-fashioned campfire burning.

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