Admission is FREE on Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 15, 2016!
Historic Mount Vernon celebrates George Washington's birthday with three days of special events. Presidents’ Day is a great day to explore George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens and learn more about the life of the first president of the United States. Just in time for Presidents Day, Mount Vernon will feature a special display reuniting two of the General’s surviving battle swords
See Photos of George Washington's Birthday at Mount Vernon
Schedule of Events
February 13 and 14 (Sat and Sun, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. - Breakfast with George Washington” on the 12-Acre Field Foodways demonstration, music, and samples offered while supplies last.
10 a.m. and 3 p.m. - Wreath-laying ceremonies take place at the tomb of George Washington.
1:45 p.m. - Eighteenth-century Dancing. Enjoy a demonstration with costumed characters and re-enactors sharing selected stories with “George Washington.”
3:00-4:00 p.m. Free birthday cake (while supplies last)
This event is included in admission: adults, $20; children ages 6-11, $10; and children under 5 are admitted free.
Monday, February 15 - Free Admission
10:00 – 10:30 a.m. - Wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb, followed by patriotic music and military performances on the Bowling Green at 11:15 a.m.
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. “As I Know Him” in locations around the Historic Area. Meet people from Washington’s World as they share personal stories about Washington.
1:00-1:30 p.m. - Listen to a special musical tribute for the first president.
1:45 p.m. - Mount Vernon’s largest-ever 18th-century dancing demonstration will feature costumed characters on the Bowling Green.
2:00 – 2:30 p.m. - General Washington, We Honor You.” People from Washington’s World gather with guests to share selected stories with the "General", who reflects and speaks to the assembly.
3:00 – 3:30 p.m. - Wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb
Special Collection of George Washington Swords
Beginning on February 12, 2016, Mount Vernon will feature a special display reuniting two of George Washington's battle swords. Believed to have been carried by General Washington during the American Revolution, these two swords have not been seen together for more than 200 years. The earlier of the two swords, on loan from a private collection, features a fashionable silver lion-headed pommel and a spiral-cut grip made from animal bone. The second sword is on loan from the collection of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
Made for Washington in 1778 or 1779, it features a distinctive hilt of green-stained ivory trimmed with silver tape.