Vice President, Media & Communications
Independence Fireworks, Guest Artist on Site, New Tours and Programs
MOUNT VERNON, VA – George Washington’s Mount Vernon honors the nation’s first president with patriotic events and specialty tours throughout the summer.
Spring Garden Party
Saturday, June 15, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Enjoy the longer days and Mount Vernon’s blooming gardens during this evening reception. Take a leisurely stroll through the historic area while enjoying a menu of hors d’oeuvres curated by Michelin-starred chef and owner of Masseria in Washington DC Nicholas Stefanelli. The hors d'oeuvres will be paired with wines made by AldenAlli. Stefanelli and Dan Kosta, co-founder of AldenAlli, will be on site and mingling with guests throughout the evening. Listen to readings from Cato, George Washington’s favorite play, read by costumed characters, followed by drinks and colonial music. Tickets: $200 per person. More details: mountvernon.org/gardenparty.
Friday-Saturday, June 28-29, 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Start your Independence Day celebration with a bang! Enjoy an evening of family fun and fireworks choreographed to patriotic music and celebrate our nation's founding. Greet General and Mrs. Washington near the Mansion and watch colonial artisans make ice cream with 18th-century methods. Tickets: $20-$36. More details: mountvernon.org/fireworks.
An American Celebration
Thursday, July 4, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Salute the first commander in chief during Mount Vernon's annual Independence Day event! Celebrate with daytime fireworks, military re-enactments, and a wreathlaying ceremony. Enjoy free birthday cake (while supplies last) and visit with General and Mrs. Washington. Listen to a performance by the National Concert Band during its "Red, White and Blue" concert and observe a moving naturalization ceremony for 100 new citizens. Included with general admission. More details: www.mountvernon.org/july4
Plein Air at Mount Vernon
Friday-Sunday, July 12-14, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Mount Vernon hosts one of the country’s top-selling artists, Simon Bull, to paint in Mount Vernon’s gardens throughout the weekend. Visitors can watch Bull at work painting flowers, trees, and scenes from the gardens on a mural-sized canvas using a brush and pouring paint on the canvas. As he works, Bull discusses his process and painting techniques and answer questions. Included with general admission. More details: mountvernon.org/pleinair
Simon Bull Evening Reception
Sunday, July 14, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
At the conclusion of Simon Bull’s residency, Mount Vernon hosts a reception in the Education Center. Visitors can enjoy wine while viewing the work created by the artist throughout the weekend. Tickets: $40. More details: mountvernon.org/simonbull
Purple Heart Commemoration
Saturday, August 10, 10:30 a.m.
Join Mount Vernon and members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart for the estate’s official National Purple Heart Day Ceremony. Enjoy a musical prelude before the ceremony commences. The ceremony includes the presentation of the colors, a musical performance by the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, and keynote remarks given by Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Kutilek, United States Marine Special Operations Officer. More details: mountvernon.org/purpleheartday.
New Tours and Programs:
This 75-minute tour gives participants extraordinary access to the processes and practices of our preservation staff, including visiting the basement, second floor of the servants hall, and recently completed rooms. Available Thursday-Friday, April – November, 1 p.m. Tickets: $30 in addition to admission. More details: mountvernon.org/preservationtour.
Mount Vernon in AR
Celebrate Washington’s love of emerging technologies and enjoy lesser-known stories of the first president’s estate revealed by immersive 3D imagery layered over a view of the real landscape. Holograms of George and Martha Washington, 360-degree recreations of former buildings and gardens, and images of artifacts placed in their original context, are among the many tools used in the one-of-a-kind storytelling. Available daily, weather dependent. Tickets: $12.50 in addition to admission. More details: mountvernon.org/AR.
Special Tours with Additional Fee:
Other Seasonal Activities – Included in Admission: