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Celebrate America’s Birthday at George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Watch Daytime Fireworks, General Washington’s Inspection of Troops, Wreath Laying, New Citizens Naturalization Ceremony, 18th Century Magic, and More.

Perhaps one of the most unique and meaningful places for Americans to celebrate the nation’s birthday is at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. The home and resting place of America’s beloved first president has an array of historical and family-friendly events and activities planned for Independence Day. 

On July Fourth, visitors can attend An American Celebration. During this patriotic Independence Day celebration, guests can salute General Washington, watch made-for-daytime fireworks, take in a musical performance by the National Concert Band, and watch 18th-century magic. Guests also can observe a moving ceremony where people from around the world become U.S. citizens. And visitors can watch the 18th-century baking process with Resident Baker Justin Cherry of Half Crown Bakehouse and sample fresh-baked bread. 

“July Fourth is the one moment each year when Americans can come together to reflect on our democracy, our founders, and those who continue to preserve our freedom,” said Doug Bradburn, president and chief executive officer of Mount Vernon. “Mount Vernon is honored to provide a venue rich with history and beauty for Americans to celebrate our nation and spend quality time with friends and family.”

“A key highlight of our year is engaging with visitors from around the world as they watch General Washington inspect his troops, tour his pristinely preserved home and estate, and participate in a somber wreath laying at his tomb. Another meaningful event on Independence Day here at Mount Vernon is the naturalization of our newest citizens who symbolize America’s strength and diversity. This celebration is beloved by families, historians, and anyone who wants American fun on Independence Day,” Bradburn said.  

Guests also are invited to visit the permanent exhibition, Mount Vernon: The Story of an American Icon unveiled just last year. The exhibition traces the rich and complex history of Mount Vernon—not only the celebrated era of George and Martha Washington, but the lesser-known stories of the enslaved community, earlier and later generations of Washingtons, and the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, which has preserved the property since 1860. 

The July Fourth schedule is available here

Read the complete listing of Mount Vernon events here. Most Mount Vernon events are free or discounted for members. Information about Mount Vernon membership is available here.

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