Feb 20

Free Admission to Mount Vernon on President’s Day

Photo courtesy of: Xenophon Group

George Washington’s 280th Birthday Celebration is this weekend and Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens is open to the public free-of-charge on Monday, February 20th only. Regular admission is $15 per adult (12-61), $14 for senior citizens (62+), $7 for youth (6-11), and free for kids 5 and under.

National holiday for Washington’s Birthday

Join “General Washington” in celebrating his 280th birthday with free admission on Monday, February 20th, 2012!

Location: (use for mapping only, not a valid postal address) 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22309

Date & Time: Monday, February 20th, 8:00 am (open one hour earlier than normal!) – 4:00 pm

Celebrate the national observance of George Washington’s birthday by visiting his home and burial site FREE of charge on this day.  The traditional wreathlaying ceremony takes place at Washington’s Tomb followed by patriotic music and military performances on the Bowling Green.  Join characters from the 18th century as they help visitors surprise General Washington with rousing birthday cheers! At “George Washington’s Surprise Birthday Party”, the first president will be presented with gifts which he will describe and react to during a speech to his birthday visitors. The birthday festivities begin one hour earlier this year – the Estate will open to visitors at 8 a.m.!  “General Washington” will be on the grounds to greet visitors and receive birthday wishes all day.

Book Signing By Emmy Award Winning Chef Walter Staib

Chef Walter Staib of Philadelphia’s City Tavern and Emmy award-winning host of PBS’ “A Taste of History” will sign books and DVDs in The Shops at Mount Vernon throughout the weekend and Monday holiday.  Visitors to the new Hoecakes & Hospitality: Cooking with Martha Washington exhibition can watch an eight-minute video in which the award-winning chef prepares a sturgeon in Mount Vernon’s kitchen.   Please visit www.atasteofhistory.org for more information about Chef Walter Staib.

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