Mount Vernon Celebrates American Independence

Mount Vernon Celebrates American Independence

Before joining the crowds amassed on the Mall this

Fourth of July, many families will commemorate Independence Day at Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington who led American troops to victory in the country's fight for independence. Mount Vernon's celebration of George Washington's contribution to America's freedom includes an appearance by the First Virginia Regiment, a special wreathlaying ceremony by the Sons of the American Revolution, the annual Red, White and Blue Concert by the National Concert Band of America, and an 18th-century style celebration to launch wheat-treading season in the George Washington: Pioneer Farmer site's 16-sided barn. All events are included in regular Estate admission.

Overview of Events

9 a.m.

18th-century music with David and Ginger Hildebrand on Mount Vernon's Bowling Green

9:30 a.m.

First Virginia Regiment of the Continental Line assembles for inspection on the Bowling Green and a reading of the Declaration of Independence

10:15 a.m.

Procession from the Bowling Green to George Washington's tomb with the George Washington Chapter of the Sons of the America Revolution, the Fifes and Drums of Prince William III, and the First Virginia Regiment

10:30 a.m.

Wreathlaying at George Washington's tomb by the Sons of the American Revolution

11:00 a.m.

Red, White, and Blue Concert featuring the National Concert Band of

America playing American patriotic favorites, and visitors enjoy Mount Vernon's all-American birthday cake (while supplies last) on the Bowling Green

11 a.m.

First wheat treading demonstration of the season in the 16-sided barn at the George Washington: Pioneer Farmer site (also at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.)

The entire Estate, including the Mansion, eleven outbuildings, three

gardens, the George Washington: Pioneer Farmer site, the George Washington Museum, and the Archival Restoration Museum, is open throughout the day, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. George Washington's Gristmill at Mount Vernon is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Events, programs, and activities are subject to change.

For information, call 703-780-2000.