The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum will offer several family-oriented activities and programs throughout Presidents’ Day week, including our signature Presidents’ Day Family Festival featuring presidential storytelling, activities and performances.

Presidents’ Day Family Festival

Monday, February 20, 2017
10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.

In celebration of Presidents’ Day, the JFK Library will host its sixth annual Family Festival featuring presidential storytelling, creative activities, musical performances, and Museum tours and hands-on programs to bring the Library to life in new ways for all ages. Download a detailed schedule.

First-Day-of-Issue Stamp Dedication Ceremony

10:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m.

The US Postal Service will commemorate the centennial of President John F. Kennedy's birth by dedicating a Forever stamp in his honor. The 10 a.m. ceremony will launch the Forever stamp, making the First-Day-of-Issue Stamp available exclusively at the Presidents' Day Family Festival on February 20 and sold nationwide in Post Offices starting on February 21. The dedication ceremony is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged at

Meet Our Guest Presidents

10:45 a.m. 3:20 p.m.

Actors portraying Presidents George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt will share stories and engage visitors in conversation.

Enjoy Performances

12:45 a.m. 1:30 p.m.  In Good Company's Hail to the Chief

2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.  Harvard Din & Tonics Pop-up Performances

3:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m.  Harvard Din & Tonics A Capella Concert

Family-Friendly Tours and Hands-on Carts

10:45 a.m. 2:30 p.m.

Learn about President Kennedy and his legacy with interactive programs in the Museum galleries.

Hands-on "Make and Take" Activities

11:15 a.m. 3:30 p.m.

Try out hands-on history crafts including the design of postage stamps and White House china, the building of space capsules, and the making of tricorner or stovepipe hats to wear to meet our guest presidents. Participants can celebrate the centennial of President Kennedy’s birth by designing maritime scrimshaw or making origami sailboats and their own Kennedy campaign hat.


Special Festival Day activities are free with paid admission. Visitors ages 17 and under are admitted free of charge. EBT, military, and student discounts are available. For all other visitors, visit us on Facebook or Twitter for a special buzzword that will give you $2 off admission prices. The opening stamp dedication ceremony and closing concert are free for all. The Family Festival is especially appropriate for ages 5 and up.

Celebrate! with Bright Star Touring Theatre

Black History Hall of Fame

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
African American Heritage Month
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Join us for this fast-paced performance honoring African American Heritage Month! Meet over a dozen groundbreakers and hall-of-famers who have contributed to shaping our nation’s past, present and future. Young audience volunteers help the cast bring this show to life.

The Celebrate! series, appropriate for family audiences and children ages 5 and up, highlights America's rich cultural diversity through the arts. This program reflects President and Mrs. Kennedy's concern for and support of the arts and culture as important components of a democratic society. In order to optimize your comfort and enjoyment, reservations are required for all visitors to this free program.

To make a reservation, visit our Celebrate! page or call 617-514-1644 and leave a message. Children are seated on the floor with their caretakers. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Children must be accompanied by an adult.