Fredericksburg is a city rich with history, particularly in regard to the American Presidency. There is no better way to spend this upcoming long weekend than immersing yourself in both the history of Fredericksburg, as well as other activities unique to this city. Here are some ways to enjoy President’s Day weekend in Fredericksburg:
- Experience (and celebrate) the presidential history of Fredericksburg – One of Fredericksburg’s proudest facts is that we are the boyhood home of President George Washington. For that reason, Fredericksburg is the perfect city in which to celebrate Washington’s birthday, whether it be the annual stone throwing contest at Ferry Farm (Washington’s home), where you can also enjoy birthday cupcakes, or free cake and crafts for children at Mary Washington House. Tickets to the Washington Heritage Museums will be half price on President’s Day, and tours of the city will be available, including the Presidential Fredericksburg Traipse Tour or the James Monroe Museum Tour.
- Learn more about the local history of Fredericksburg – In addition to Fredericksburg’s presidential history, this city has a vast array of stories that broaden its foundational scope. In honor of Black History Month, there are a number of ways to celebrate the stories of historical black figures in Fredericksburg, including the Black Business and Entrepreneurship Walking Tour and UMW Step Show at Dodd Auditorium, both on Saturday. Saturday will also be Chatham Living History Day at Chatham Manor, where you can learn more of the United States Army’s encampment in Stafford County, which marks the 160th anniversary of the event. You can also visit the infamous Fredericksburg Battlefield, or take a tour of Gari Melchers Home and Studio.
- Catch a live show – Once you have completed your encapsulation of the city’s history, Fredericksburg is fortunate to have four live shows, including live music, for President’s Day weekend. Experience Cats by Stage Door Productions, Men on Boats at the UMW Klein Theatre, Escape to Margaritaville at the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts, or enjoy some chill live music at Curitiba Art Cafe.
- Indulge in our delicious eats – Our revered mix of restaurants will be open for President’s Day weekend, including Carl’s Frozen Custard, which will re-open on Saturday! You can also enjoy the historic and delicious restaurant Foode, which was recently named a James Beard semifinalist (as well as the location of a speech by President Abraham Lincoln). And seeing as it is the weekend, swing by one of our many restaurants that serve brunch.
- Sip on an adult beverage – It is a long weekend, which is the perfect excuse to live it up! The Fredericksburg Area Beer Trail is taking part in a Beer Scramble. Swing by each participating brewery to solve the word riddle, and enjoy some local and delicious brews. You can also head over to Haley’s Honey Meadery, who also recently began serving brunch on Sundays. Wild Hare Cider Pub will be open as well, or you can take a tour (and tasting) at A. Smith Bowman Distillery. Drink responsibly!