Enjoy an evening of family fun and fireworks along with patriotic music to celebrate our nation's founding.

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Add to Calendar 06/27/2020 18:00:00 06/27/2020 21:45:00 America/New_York Independence Fireworks

Enjoy an evening of family fun and fireworks along with patriotic music to celebrate our nation's founding.

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Members: Adult $40, Youth $30. Non-Members: Adult $45, Youth $35.

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Fireworks & Live Music

Relax and enjoy a patriotic evening that includes dazzling fireworks and musical performances! The fireworks show is five minutes long and will begin sometime between 9 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.


Picnic on the lawn as you enjoy food from the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant. Picnics are available for pre-order. Concessions will be available for purchase at the Food Truck on the 12-acre field. Outside food is not permitted on the estate.

Available for Pre-Order During Checkout

Pre-packaged box: $28 (for two guests)

Includes a fruit & cheese box, half baguette, hummus, freshly made cookies, and a bag of Route 11 chips

Premium picnic basket: $130 (for four guests)

Includes a picnic basket, blanket, fruit & cheese box, charcuterie box, baguette with a side hummus, Route 11 large bag of chips, pasta salad, Italian sub and a chicken salad sandwich

Character Presentations

Meet people from George Washington's world as you hear about their experiences during the War for Independence.

  • 6:15 pm: Dr. James Craik – George Washington’s personal physician will reminisce about his time with the General during the War for Independence and the events that culminated in that conflict. Dr. Craik was the first Physician General of the United States.
  • 6:45 pm: Caroline Branham – "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…" This is the American promise, but it did not apply to everyone. Hear Caroline Branham, an enslaved chamber maid at Mount Vernon, recount the African American experience during the War for Independence.
  • 7:30 pm: Martha Washington – Mrs. Washington will reflect on the difficulties of 8 years of conflict. During the War for Independence, Mrs. Washington joined her husband at winter encampments, where she cared for soldiers and produced uniforms. Hear her stories of that long struggle and the exciting moment when she and the General returned home in a new and independent country.

The Washingtons' Tomb

Walk down to visit the Washingtons' Tomb until 8 p.m.; this event is one of the few times this area is open in the evening.

1st Viginia Regiment

The 1st Virginia Regiment will present on the Bowling Green at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Learn about the private soldier of the revolution, his clothing and accoutrement kit, and how the musket is loaded and fired from cartridge box. You will also see a tactical demo.

18th-Century Ice Cream-Making Demonstrations

Watch Mount Vernon's staff perform ice cream-making demonstrations on the Bowling Green. 


The Shops at Mount Vernon will remain open until 9:30 p.m.

Safety Precautions

The number of tickets sold will be limited, and guests are asked to maintain a distance of 6 feet apart. Face coverings will be required, and only clear bags are permitted on the estate.

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Additional Information

  • The rain date for Independence Fireworks is June 28.
  • A separate ticket is required for this evening event, and does not include daytime admission.
  • Outside food and drink, other than bottled water, is not permitted.

Video: Fireworks at Mount Vernon

Watch highlights from last year's event.

Concessions Available

Outside food and drink are not allowed at this event. The following items will be available for purchase:


Jumbo Hot Dog $6
Cheeseburger w/ Chips $10
Pulled Pork Sandwich $9
Beef Brisket Sandwich $10
Chicken Tenders $6
Lobster Roll $16
Buffalo Chicken Wrap $9
Chicken Kabob $9
Turkey Sandwich $8
Veggie Wrap $8

Light Fare

Hummus w/ Baguette $6
Chipotle Dip w/ Baguette $6
Charcuterie Box $12
Tater Tots $5
w/ Cheese & Chives $7
Caesar Salad $6
w/ Chicken $9
24 oz. Jumbo Pretzel $14
w/ Cheese $15
Assorted Chips $2
Kettle Corn $3
Ice Cream Bar $4
Assorted Candy $2


Assorted Soda $2
Bottled Water $3
Powerade $3
Juice Box $2
Wine by the Glass $6
Frozen Wine Pop $6
Canned Beer $5
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