There’s no place like Mount Vernon to celebrate America’s birthday! Starting off our July 4th visit, we witnessed a Naturalization Ceremony for 101 of our Country’s newest citizens! Witnessing an event at such a historic site was amazing and a great learning opportunity for my children.
Shortly after the ceremony, I became witness to my oldest two learning how to shoot a canon! They each played a role in performing one of the many steps it took to load it and much to the delight of my son it was empty! Later in the day, we got to see the reenactors perform a military drill, firing cannon and muskets, as they marched down the bowling green. The precision and detail of the reenactment mesmerized the crowd, but the noise level brought mixed reactions from some of the youngest visitors.
Daytime fireworks over the Potomac provided for an extra special 4th of July treat! On Mount Vernon’s back lawn with the iconic view of the Potomac River, bursts of colorful smoke fill the daytime sky with color. While the fireworks show was very quick, it provided for a unique day time firework experience with beautiful views and colors at a time ideal for the youngest in the crowds!
We took a break from the heat and enjoyed time in the Education Center, which offers even more background on the unique life of George Washington. The Be Washington exhibit and the 4-D theatre are not to be missed! Families with the younger crowds can also enjoy time at the Hands-on-History Center.
Throughout the estate, many reenactors are there to answer any questions and provide great historical information. In addition to all of the July 4th activities, any visit at Mount Vernon should also include a Mansion Tour, walk through the gardens, view of the Washington Tomb, and the Slave Memorial and Burial Ground. To see all of the estates highlights.
Notes: There are concessions sold on site. No outside food, other than bottled water, is allowed at the estate. They do offer free parking but it does fill up so plan accordingly!