Presidents Day History Facts and Traditional Party Theme Ideas

A favorite holiday for shoppers, Presidents Day is the last chance for retailers to unload less than popular winter merchandise before restocking for spring. The only aim is to clear the shelves so stores offer rock bottom prices in order to cut their losses. It is an effective strategy since lots of people in February have cabin fever and are ready for some semi-serious recreational shopping.

It is not certain how Presidents Lincoln and Washington, whose birthdays were fused in order to form one legal holiday, would have felt about those bargains named in their honor. Washington endured cold, wintry battlefields probably wishing he had a new, warm coat or boots. Lincoln would have understood the shopping fever: historians say that his wife, Mary Todd, was a shopaholic. Any tribute is better than no tribute.

Back at the home hearth, especially in snowy regions, Presidents Day is a fun break from the monotony after Christmas. It’s a great time to get some extra mileage out of red decorating items or paper party goods. Young children who are getting their first exposure to early American History lessons find reinforcement of those schoolroom lectures when the holiday is celebrated at home.

A cherry pie is a traditional reminder of the Washington chopping down the cherry tree story–even if the validity of said story is under current scrutiny. Gold wrapped chocolate candies could allude to both the story about tossing the coin across the Potomac River and the fact that Presidential profiles end up on currency much of the time.

Yankee pot roast or Boston baked beans with brown bread are fitting fare for such an historic menu. Pewter plates or tankards can hold paper napkins or plastic flatware. A red gingham tablecloth and wooden bowls and implements complete the humble theme.

American Presidents Historic Sites – Visiting President Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage in Nashville

This is another in a series of travelogue articles about U.S. presidents historic sites. Our 7th president, Andrew Jackson, built a beautiful home with spacious ground just outside of Nashville, Tennessee. That homestead still welcomes thousands of visitors every year…

Andrew Jackson: An Overview

Andrew Jackson, America’s 7th president, held the office for two terms, ending in early 1837. He returned to his plantation home, The Hermitage, just outside of Nashville and commenced a meticulous remodeling project of the home, which had been damaged by fire three years earlier.

Jackson himself was a self made man who had lost his entire family to illness and tragedy by the time he was 14. He studied law and enlisted in the military, becoming a national hero in the War of 1812.

He soon entered the world of politics, running unsuccessfully for president in 1824 despite handily winning the popular vote. He won the election of 1828 and 1832, and had many notable achievements as president. After leaving office, he continued to be an influential national figure until his death in 1845.

Visiting Nashville And The Hermitage

Nashville, a vibrant city in central Tennessee. is a center for the music industry. Be sure to visit the Grand Ole Opry while you are here, and stop in at one of the many downtown Nashville bars to catch up and coming music acts.

The neighborhood known as the West End, just minutes from downtown, is a walkable shopping and dining area favored by visitors and locals alike. Vanderbilt University and other colleges call Nashville home, lending a youthful, energetic vibe to the city.

Nashville is also a foodie town, well known for its many excellent local restaurants serving a variety of innovative cuisine. There are numerous great choices downtown, in the West End, and in the suburban areas.

The Hermitage is located about 15 minutes east of downtown, and it is open every day for visitors. A visitors museum details Jackson’s life and career, and an introductory overview film is available for those not familiar with his place in American history.

Also on the spacious grounds is the mansion Jackson lived in, restored to the late 1830’s time period when he returned from Washington. Many of the furnishings are original, as is much of the wallpaper. Numerous Jackson artifacts are displayed, and it is fair to say this is one of the best preserved early presidential homes.


Both Nashville and The Hermitage, located minutes from downtown, are an excellent destination choice for those interested in American and presidential history. Nashville is a thriving, lively city and an epicenter for the music industry. Meanwhile, The Hermitage is one of the best examples of historic home preservation in the country.

Both The Hermitage and Nashville are appropriate for all ages and interest levels, making this a perfect weekend travel destination.

Discount Shopping in Richmond and Vancouver

If you like to shop, then Richmond B.C. and the rest of the city of Vancouver is the place to be. With over 8 malls between them you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. Arberdeen Centre located in Richmond, is one of the largest malls in the greater Vancouver area and is located in what is referred to as the Golden District. It is geared more toward those of Asian descent, but caters to just about everyone. It also has a musical fountain show that begins at noon and continues to give a show every hour after. A nice touch to a day spent bargain shopping at the mall.

Bargain and Discount Shopping

Richmond has plenty to offer in the way of discount and bargain shopping with a wide range of different retail stores like banana republic, The Gap, Guess, and American Eagle. With all these great stores you are bound to score some great savings, either through store flyers, store coupons, or in-store discounts and savings. The Pacific Centre is one of downtown’s largest malls and contains well over 200 shops including the ones mentioned, along with other high-end department stores and a food court. Many of the large Asian-themed malls include: The Yaohan Centre in Richmond B.C. where you can find well over 80 stores; Parker Place has well over 200 retail stores, shops, and high end stores; Lansdowne Centre with over 120 shops; President’s Place, Union Square Mall includes retail stores, high end stores, food court, and even karaoke.

Even the Vancouver International Airport has over 110 different shops and services, ranging from high end souvenirs, food court, retail shops, and salons. Vancouver’s shopping is almost second to none with a unique and eclectic mix of themed malls and diverse landscape of the type of malls that make up the sunshine coast. Many of the better discount coupons can be found during both special times of the year, like back to school, or, during festive times such as Christmas. You may even be able to find some stores with discount savings on marked racks, in many cases up to 80% off.

Whether you’re looking for high end fashion or bargain shopping, Vancouver and the greater Richmond B.C. area definitely will have something to fit your taste. If shopping malls are not really what you like they are still defiantly worth seeing. They’re are a great place to visit if your trying to stay out of the weather. The architecture used in some of these malls is amazing, not to mention they are some of the largest in all of Canada. So if you’re touring Vancouver or a local the malls here have something waiting for you. Grab your store coupons or store flyer and head down to one of these great malls. You are most likely to add up some saving with these and the in store discounts, that way you can “shop ’till you drop” without breaking the bank.

There are many other bargain shopping that you can find through the smaller stores found in both Richmond and Vancouver and the best place to look is through the flyer inserts in the local newspaper, or, through looking up the stores through on-line shopping discount sites. Many times, you will find some of the best discounts in places you never thought you would. Make sure to visit these online discount shopping sites before you head out for the day so that you can be assured the most savings possible. If you use discount coupon books such as the Entertainment Book, you can plan many of your shopping days around that based on the expiry date of these coupons.