Celebrate the first president of the United States on the most exciting weekend of the year! Free admission on February 19!

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Celebrate the first president of the United States on the most exciting weekend of the year! Free admission on February 19!

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On February 19, timed tickets for Mansion tours will be distributed upon entry.

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Included with general admission; February 19: FREE

Saturday and Sunday, February 17-18

Wish the General a happy birthday while enjoying hoecakes made over the open fire. #PoseLikeThePrez in the Education Center Lobby, observe wreathlayings at the Tomb, and watch dancing demonstrations on the bowling green.

Across the estate, listen to members of the Washington family recount stories about the General and visit with George and Martha Washington in the Interpretive Center. 

Time Event Location
9am-12pm Breakfast with George Washington 12-Acre Field
9am-12pm Trades Demonstrations 12-Acre Field
11am-1pm Character Performances Upper Garden and Interpretive Center
11am-5pm Create a Birthday Card for George Washington Hands-on-History Center
12-12:30pm Public Wreathlaying Washington's Tomb
1:45-2pm Dancing Demonstrations Bowling Green
2-2:30pm Character Performances Bowling Green
3-4pm Visit the Washingtons Interpretive Center

Monday, February 19 - Free Admission

Witness a presidential tribute featuring honored guests and a wreathlaying at the Washington's Tomb. Listen to remarks given by George Washington, Mount Vernon's President & CEO Doug Bradburn, and Captain Glenn Jamison, Commanding Officer of the USS George Washington, during the Official Observance Ceremony of George Washington's Birthday on the east lawn. The Old Guard concludes the ceremony with a gun salute to the first president.

Watch Continental soldiers of the Commander-in-Chief's Guard conduct a marching drill, fire their guns, and charge at their enemy in an exciting military demonstration on the bowling green. After the smoke clears, listen to the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps play patriotic music.

Celebrate with Mount Vernon's costumed characters on the bowling green with dancing and huzzahs! Listen to the Washington family share stories about past celebrations of the General's birthday, including the first public celebration and the gathering during the winter encampment at Valley Forge.

Visit the Washington Library for the rare opportunity to tour the reading room and examine replica documents. Learn about the Library's collections and programming from its staff.

All day long, pose like George Washington in front of our life-sized version of Gilbert Stuart's Lansdowne painting in the Education Center Lobby. In the Vaughan Lobby, sample Falling Bark Farm's Shagbark Hickory syrup and greet author Jeff Finegan who will sign books from his series, I Knew George Washington.

Schedule of Events: February 19

Time Event Location
All Day #PoseLikeThePrez Education Center Lobby
10-10:30am Presidential Tribute Washington's Tomb
10am-4pm Book Signings Vaughan Lobby
10:30-11am Official Observance Ceremony of George Washington's Birthday East Lawn
11:15-11:45am Special Military Demonstration Bowling Green
11am-1pm Character Performances Upper Garden
11am-2pm Syrup Tastings Vaughan Lobby
1-1:30pm Musical Demonstration Bowling Green
2-2:30pm Character Performances Bowling Green
3-3:30pm Public Wreathlaying Washington's Tomb

Schedule subject to change.

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