George Washington is never too old for a birthday party. Feb. 22 marks his 280th birthday and Mount Vernon started the celebration a few days early with Presidents Day. Entrance to the estate was free (as it is every Presidents Day) making this one of our busiest days of the year. Crowds swelled to attend Washington’s surprise birthday party on the Bowling Green in front of the Mansion. The General, Lady Washington and other members of the estate were there for music and the giving of special gifts.
Earlier in the day Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, who commands the Military District of Washington and who was representing President Barack Obama, laid a wreath at Washington’s tomb. Remarks by Mount Vernon Regent Ann Bookout and the singing of the national anthem by former Miss America Caressa Cameron followed. Then a special military demonstration by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington featuring the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry, the Old Guard Fife & Drum Corps and the Commander‐in‐Chief’s Guard took place on the Bowling Green.