On February 18, admission to George Washington’s Mount Vernon is FREE for everyone! Celebrate Washington’s 281st birthday with musical and military performances by the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife & Drum Corps, a wreathlaying ceremony at Washington’s tomb, and an encore surprise birthday party for the “General."
Schedule of Events
The estate will open one hour early on FREE day!
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Presidential wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb
A Military District of Washington representative places a wreath from the 44th President of the United States at the Tomb.
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
“Official Observance of Washington’s Birthday” on the Bowling Green
Remarks by a Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association representative, and a special military demonstration by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, featuring the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry, the Old Guard Fife & Drum Corps and the Commander‐in‐Chief’s Guard.
11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Books signings at The Shops by various authors. Located in the Mount Vernon Inn Complex.
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
“As I Know Him” in locations around the Historic Area
Come listen as eople from Washington’s world share personal stories about the "General" and encourage guests to submit their stories about Washington for the afternoon program.
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Musical Salute to the First President on the Bowling Green
An encore performance by the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry’s Old Guard Fife & Drum Corps.
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
“General Washington, We Honor You” on the Bowling Green
People from Washington’s world gather with guests to share selected stories with the "General," who reflects and speaks to the assembly. Selections of guest-submitted stories will be read aloud.
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb
Visitors of all ages can experience a unique piece of history in the Donald W. Reynolds Museum - George Washington’s annotated copy of the Acts of Congress. This rare volume garnered world-wide attention this summer when it was offered for sale and broke auction world records for an American historical document. The remarkably well-preserved book includes Washington’s copy of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and other legislation passed by the first session of Congress, complete with his personal annotations.
The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association captured worldwide media attention after acquiring the book at auction earlier this year. It will be permanently housed at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, which opens in fall 2013. Read more.
November - February, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Jan-Mar, Daily, 12pm
April-Oct, Daily, 10am & 3pm.
Recite “Washington’s Prayer for His Country” and the Pledge of Allegiance as part of this tribute, offered daily at the tomb of George and Martha Washington.