The Regent and the Vice Regents of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association and the Neighborhood Friends invite you to join us for the 2024 Birthnight Supper & Ball. This special tradition celebrates the birth of our founding father, George Washington, with a black-tie gala in honor of the General’s 292nd birthday.

The annual Birthnight Ball has grown to be a sold-out event. Secure your seats now by becoming a sponsor. Individual tickets go on sale on November 1, 2023.

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George Washington's Mount Vernon

George Washington Birthnight Supper and Ball

Hosted by the Neighborhood Friends

Save the date for the 77th annual Birthnight Supper & Ball. Gala supporters will enjoy a cocktail reception, a three-course seated dinner, a live auction, entertainment, and dancing. A highlight of the celebration includes a birthday toast delivered to General Washington.

Proceeds from this event will support the restoration and preservation of George Washington's beloved home, Mount Vernon. As an IRS 50l(c)(3) tax-exempt entity (#54-0564701), Mount Vernon is not a government-funded historic site, so we truly depend upon the generosity of patriotic individuals and institutions to reach our preservation and education goals.

Sponsorship Opportunities

General Washington - $25,000
Two tables at the Ball (24 guests)

Platinum - $10,000
One table at the Ball (12 guests)

Gold - $7,500
Reserved seats for 10 guests

Silver - $5,000
Reserved seats for 6 guests

Bronze - $3,000
Reserved seats for 4 guests

Patron - $1,500
Reserved seats for 2 guests

Ticket - $500
1 Ticket to the Ball


Mansion Restoration

Proceeds from this year’s Ball will support the revitalization of George Washington’s Mansion. In 2023, Mount Vernon launched a landmark, multi-faceted preservation project to safeguard the Mansion’s original building fabric and ensure its structural integrity for generations to come. This revolutionary project includes:

  • Designing and installing a new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC) for the Mansion to better control the environment of the historic rooms and cellar.
  • Improving drainage in and around the Mansion’s historic cellar with new underfloor drains.
  • Repairing sections of the Mansion’s framing and masonry to further strengthen the foundation.

Neighborhood Friends

As stewards of what was once part of Washington’s home, Mount Vernon’s Neighborhood Friends take pride in being active participants in Mount Vernon’s future. Led by a steering committee of local residents, the Neighborhood Friends select a special project each year at Mount Vernon that they fund with membership dues and other fundraising activities. Previous projects include: saving the view-shed by purchasing land across the river from Mount Vernon, replacing and restoring the Mansion’s roof, basement, and windows, and extensive work on the greenhouse slave quarters. This year, the Neighborhood Friends are supporting the restoration of the exterior of the mansion.

A Long-Standing Tradition

The first annual Birthnight Ball was held in 1947 and was hosted by the Mount Vernon Citizens’ Association, a neighborhood organization that sponsored colonial fairs and other fundraisers. The original concept was a costume ball and dinner with period dancing and skits meant to represent Washington’s last birthday celebration in 1799 when his nephew, Lawrence Lewis, married Nelly Parke Custis. The balls were held at several locations including Collingwood, Woodlawn Country Club, and Belle Haven Country Club until it finally came to the Mount Vernon Inn in 1974. Proceeds from the dinner were given to support Mount Vernon.

The Mount Vernon Citizens’ Association continued the tradition until 1995 when the Neighborhood Friends took over planning and organization of the ball. It has become one of Mount Vernon’s most anticipated yearly events and our longest running fundraiser.

Mount Vernon Thanks Our Event Sponsors


Burke and Herbert Bank
Julia Gluck
Historic Hotels of America
Joseph and Ann Somerset


Dick and Janice Crosby
Lee Ann Goodyear


Jim and Jo Carol Porter

Safety Measures

Protecting the health and well-being of Mount Vernon’s guests and staff is our highest priority. We follow the guidelines for events set forth by the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health.

Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, or a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to the event, is required to attend the 2022 Birthnight Ball.

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