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If you are living and working in the U.S.A., it’s important to know about our national holidays. When we visit other countries, it is always fascinating to learn about other cultures. In the U.S., Presidents’ Day was originally known as Washington Day and celebrated on February 22 to honor the birthday of the nation’s first president, George Washington. After Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865, the U.S started celebrating his birthday on February 12.

In 1971, both holidays were combined, celebrated the third Monday in February, and named Presidents’ Day. As of 1971, Presidents’ Day honors all U.S. presidents, not just George Washington, who served as the country’s first leader and Abraham Lincoln, who helped abolish slavery.

In U.S. culture, this February holiday is a popular 3-day weekend to enjoy the nation’s historic landmarks, parks, and waters. Enjoy this U.S. quiz with your with family and friends, or traveling companions this weekend:

  1. Teddy bears were named after which US President?
    • Theodore Roosevelt
    • Abraham Lincoln
    • John Adams
    • Franklin D Roosevelt
  2. Who is the oldest U.S. president elected?
    • William McKinley
    • Calvin Coolidge
    • Donald J Trump
    • Grover Cleveland
  3.  Who was the first U.S. President elected under the Constitution created in 1787?
    • John Quincy Adams
    • John Adams
    • George Washington
    • James Madison
  4.  How many Presidents have served under the United States of America?
    • 48
    • 46
    • 44
    • 45
  5. Which U.S. President was his high school’s head cheerleader?
    • Barack Obama
    • Ronald Reagan
    • George W. Bush
    • Jimmy Carter
  6.  Which U.S. President holds a patent?
    • Abraham Lincoln
    • Barack Obama
    • James Madison
    • John F. Kennedy
  7. Which U.S. president was unanimously elected?  
    • Thomas Jefferson
    • Barack Obama
    • George Bush
    • George Washington
  8. Which U.S. president was the youngest to be elected?
    • John F. Kennedy
    • Franklin Roosevelt
    • Abraham Lincoln
    • Barack Obama
  9. Which U.S. president won a Grammy Award?
    •  John F. Kennedy
    • George H. W. Bush
    • Barack Obama
    • Richard Nixon
  10. Which U.S. president died 32 days after being elected from a cold he got from standing in the rain giving his inauguration speech? 
    • John Tyler
    • William Henry Harrison
    • Franklin D. Roosevelt
    • Harry S. Truman


Answer key:

  1. Theodore Roosevelt
  2. Donald J Trump
  3. George Washington
  4. 45
  5. George W. Bush
  6. Abraham Lincoln
  7. George Washington
  8. John F. Kennedy
  9. Barack Obama
  10. William Henry Harrison


Sharon Schweitzer, Sophie Echeverry, and Ashley Blake co-wrote this post. Sharon Schweitzer, J.D., is a cross-cultural trainer, modern manners expert, and the founder of Access to Culture. In addition to her accreditation in intercultural management from the HOFSTEDE Centre and the Intercultural Communication Institute, she serves as a Chinese Ceremonial Dining Etiquette Specialist in the documentary series Confucius was a Foodie, on Nat Geo People. She is the resident etiquette expert on two popular lifestyle shows: ABC Tampa Bay’s Morning Blend and CBS Austin’s We Are Austin. She is regularly quoted by BBC Capital, Investor’s Business Daily, and Fortune. Her Amazon #1 Best Selling book in International Business, Access to Asia: Your Multicultural Business Guide, now in its third printing, was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015. She’s a winner of the British Airways International Trade Award at the 2016 Greater Austin Business Awards and the 2017 New York City Big Book Award for Multicultural Nonfiction.

Sophie Echeverry is the Corporate Marketing Manager and Event Coordinator at Access to Culture. Born and raised in Colombia, she’s a 2018 graduate with a B.B.A. in International Business and Marketing from Hult International Business School in San Francisco, CA. Sophie has co-written more than 30 blogs since graduation. She’s a passionate foodie, and an avid e-scooter rider. Follow her foodie Instagram account or Connect with her on LinkedIn.

Ashley Blake is the founder of Traverse Journeys, an impact-based adventure travel provider with a focus on social and environmental responsibility. Ashley holds an MA in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, focusing her research on music for social change in Brazil. Ashley also holds a BA and BS in International Studies and Print Media from Oregon State University with minors in Spanish and Music. Ashley’s academic and professional background merge in her work in project management, consulting, and international tourism. Ashley is a fluent Spanish speaker with basic skills in Portuguese, German and Arabic with experience in more than 40 countries across the globe. Ashley is passionate about connection, communication and coordination in order to link others with the opportunities and experiences that promote personal, professional and community growth.