Saturday, July 4, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Mount Vernon salutes our first commander-in-chief with a dazzling display of made-for-daytime fireworks during its annual Independence Day event! The event also includes an inspirational naturalization ceremony for 100 new citizens with a keynote address from CIA Director John Brennan, military reenactments, a special wreathlaying ceremony, free birthday cake for all (while supplies last), and a visit from the “first” first couple, “General and Mrs. Washington.” Visitors will be treated to spectacular smoke fireworks in patriotic colors fired over the Potomac River.
- All day: “General and Mrs. Washington” greet visitors.
- 9:30 a.m: Re-enactors from the First Virginia Regiment assemble for inspection by “General Washington.” The Declaration of Independence is read.
- 10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m: Annual Independence Day wreathlaying at the tomb of George Washington.
- 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m: A special naturalization ceremony for America’s 100 newest citizens near the Mansion. CIA Director John Brennan will provide keynote remarks.
- 12 p.m. – 12:45 a.m: Patriotic music performance by the National Concert Band of America on the Bowling Green.
- 1 p.m. – 1:15 p.m: Unique daytime fireworks display over the Potomac River.
- 1:15 p.m: “Happy Birthday, America!” cake. Birthday cake on the Bowling Green (while supplies last).
- 1:30 p.m: Revolutionary War military music.
- 2:30 p.m: Revolutionary War military drills.
Note: Parking is limited on Independence Day. Please e-mail or call by 5pm July 3 to RSVP and arrange parking.
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