Day trip: Presidential excursions

Gettysburg, Pa.

Historic Gettysburg


Honor Presidents Day with a trip to the town where Abraham Lincoln gave his Gettysburg Address and near Dwight D. Eisenhower's farm. In addition to the Civil War battlefield, there is the Soldiers' National Cemetery where Lincoln gave his address, the Majestic Theater where Eisenhower attended performances and often held news conferences, and the Hall of Presidents and First Ladies.

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Lincoln's Cottage exhibit

A new exhiibit at President Lincoln's Cottage, "Can You Walk Away?" delves into the topic of modern-day slavery in America. Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, survivors and activists give their accounts of the real-life horrors of human trafficking. The cottage served as a summer White House for the Lincoln family during his presidency.

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New York City

Empire of love

On Valentine's Day, four couples will have a chance to profess their love atop the Empire State Building, which will feature red, white and pink lights in honor of the day. Celebrity event planner Colin Cowie is in charge of the private, personalized weddings for the 18th annual Valentine's Day Wedding Event, the only time when couples are able to marry at the building. Couples across the nation entered videos of their love stories with the hope of being chosen to be married or renew their vows. The public voted on their favorite couples online after 16 semifinalists were selected by a panel of experts. You can feel the love, too — there are Valentine's Day packages and events throughout the city, including a special dinner from renowned chef Daniel Boulud featuring a heart-shaped bourbon-maple creme brulee. For details go to

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Atlantic City, N.J.

Boardwalk wedding

Tie the knot for free in the annual Valentine's Day Group Wedding at Boardwalk Hall. The Civil Union and Vow Renewal Ceremony, presented by the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority, includes a champagne toast, wedding cake and photo opportunities. Couples must obtain a New Jersey marriage license, which requires a three-day waiting period. No license is required for those renewing their vows.

The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Couples must register no later than 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Alexandria, Va.

George Washington Parade


March through Old Town Alexandria with the largest parade in the country to celebrate the 280th birthday of the country's first president, George Washington, on Feb. 20. Other weekend events include the Birthnight Banquet & Ball, where guests are encouraged to wear Colonial attire, a Madeira Wine Tasting at Gadsby's Tavern, a one-mile race before the parade and free open houses at historic attractions.

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Mount Vernon, Va.

Washington's birthday

Enjoy a three-day birthday weekend at George Washington's Mount Vernon home. Experience Martha Washington's role as hostess with a behind-the-scenes look at the Washingtons' kitchen, attend George Washington's 18th-century surprise birthday party and join chef Walter Staib, Emmy-winning host of PBS' "A Taste if History," for a DVD and book signing.

All events on Feb. 20 are free to the public in honor of George Washington's birthday. For ticket prices for all other events, visit