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Celebrate Independence Day at Mount Vernon

Watch daytime fireworks over the Potomac River.

Revolutionary War military drills are part of the celebration next Friday for the 4th of July celebration at Mount Vernon. Photo courtesy of Mount Vernon
Revolutionary War military drills are part of the celebration next Friday for the 4th of July celebration at Mount Vernon. Photo courtesy of Mount Vernon
The Mount Vernon Estate has big plans to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Next Friday, Mount Vernon will celebrate the holiday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., including letting loose with colorful smoke fireworks fired over the Potomac River.

"General Washington" will inspect the troops and read the Declaration of Independence, and 100 new citizens will take part in a naturalization ceremony. General admission will include a slice of "Happy Birthday America!" cake (while supplies last). Hot dogs and hamburgers will be available in the Mount Vernon Food Court.

Schedule of events

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 wreath-laying 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.

12 p.m. – 12:45 p.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.

Parking is free. The estate is located at 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway. General admission is $18/adult, $9/child, 5 and under free. Military discounts available w/ID.

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