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Five Ways to Celebrate Presidents' Day

So, what to do. The banks are closed, the kids are out of school and some of us may feel compelled to celebrate the day with a little tip o' the hat to a president. Like the first or the 16th, who both happen to have birthdays this month. Or if you like lasagna, the 20th.

Once you brush the weekend out of your hair and teeth, a meal is always a good way to celebrate anything. Break bread and take stock in democracy. Simple as that.

Five ways to celebrate Presidents' Day:

1. Highland Park Cafeteria has a long history of celebrating presidents. The original owners of HPC, Sallie Goodman and her son Dewey, wanted to teach children about U.S. history and so they lined a wall with photos of presidents and every third Monday in February, they pull out all the stops with patriotic song, dance and pie. A six-inch fresh baked cherry pie is just $6. Be American! Eat Pie!

2. A couple weeks ago George W. Bush dined at Il Cane Rosso and evidently loved the s'mores pie (they open at 6 p.m. today). He even signed a box. S'mores! Go America!

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3. Remember the old yarn of Washington running a horse until it died of a heart attack? How much you wanna bet on that? Celebrate horses and the right to lose your rent on them at Bar and Book, the new simulcast facility at Lone Star Park. Presidents' Day is a big day for the ponies -- lots of races around the country. Party tip: in the eighth race at Laurel Park (simulcast) there's a horse named "Yes He Did." In that same race, there's also "He Can Run" and "Dominant Male." Roll that into a trifecta and bet the farm! ( Disclaimer: Rent money never wins.)

4. The current president likes Five Guys, and 50 percent of Americans like him, which means it's good enough for lunch today.

5. Teddy Roosevelt rolled through Cow Town a few times and was supposedly a fan of barbeque, which makes sense seeing that he dabbled in ranching in the North Dakota Badlands. It's also known that Richard Nixon favored, you guessed it, Dickey's. When all else fails, in your quest to find something relevant to do on Presidents' Day, eat meat. Of course, Roosevelt also almost starved to death in a trek through the Amazon after his presidency, so you could take that route also.

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