Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Independence Day at Mount Vernon

Food, family, and fireworks.  Independence Day is a fun holiday that is full of tradition.  This year, we decided to do something different to celebrate the 4th of July.  We went to Mount Vernon for their American Celebration.  

Early in the day, we listened to a reading of the Declaration of Independence as we watched the troops in action on the Bowling Green.  


The costumes and music were outstanding!  


The girls enjoyed chatting with people who shared their perspective on the celebration, including General George Washington himself!  When he saw Alexia's retainer, Washington remarked that we must be very wealthy because she had "jewelry" on her teeth.  The interpreters never broke character and acted as if they truly hopped right out of a time machine.  


One spectacular and unique event of the day were the day time fireworks display over the Potomac River.  Cannons sounded as General and Lady Washington welcomed guests at this fun presentation.  


After the fireworks, we all enjoyed a piece (or two!) of Happy Birthday, America cake on the Bowling Green.  


The amazing day was complete with a tour of the home and other out buildings.  Be sure to visit the Museum and Education Center while you're there.  The Revolutionary War Theater, with fog and rumbling seats, was our favorite experience.  Buy tickets in advance online to assure availability of your preferred tour time.  

3 comments:

  1. I'll have to remember that when my girls get a bit older. Looks like you all had a lovely day!

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  2. Wow I have never been to day time fireworks how cool and different. I will have to check it out sometime if it is not just for the "wealth" tweens :)

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  3. Looks like it was a fabulous holiday! I love living not to far from DC and having access to all of the wonderful opportunities and events that area has to offer. Great pictures! Your girls are adorable! My twins turn 13 this fall..where did the time go?

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