Celebrate George Washington’s Birthday this Presidents Day Weekend
Sign a Giant Birthday Card, Enjoy a Slice of Cake, and Have Breakfast with George Washington
Presidents Day was first celebrated in 1879 to commemorate the birthday of George Washington, our nation’s first president. This year, the Museum of the American Revolution will celebrate Washington’s 287th birthday with festivities throughout Presidents Day Weekend, Saturday, Feb. 16 – Monday, Feb. 18, 2019.
Throughout the weekend, visitors can wish Washington a happy birthday by signing a giant birthday card in the Museum’s rotunda. On Sunday, Feb. 17, at 1 p.m., visitors can sing “Happy Birthday” to Washington and enjoy a free slice of cake shaped like Washington’s Standard, the flag that marked his presence on the battlefield, which is in the Museum’s collection.
Also on Sunday, Feb. 17, visitors can enjoy Breakfast with George Washington in the Museum’s Liberty Hall, which includes a delicious breakfast buffet, courtesy of Brûlée Catering, in the Museum’s elegant Liberty Hall. At the breakfast, a General Washington historical interpreter will meet and greet guests while they dine on an assortment of muffins, bagels, mini quiches, and more. Seatings are at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Tickets for the breakfast (which include Museum admission) are $50 for adults, $25 for children, and $40 for members and are available for purchase here.
Throughout the holiday weekend, visitors can try on 1790s clothing in the Museum’s special hands-on Hamilton Was Here: Rising Up in Revolutionary Philadelphia exhibit to visit a recreated scene from Washington’s first presidential home, which was located only blocks away from the Museum. The exhibit is free with regular museum admission and is on display through March 17.
At an interactive Discovery Cart from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., visitors can learn the story of Harry Washington, who escaped from Mount Vernon and found freedom by fighting as a loyalist in the Revolutionary War. To coincide with the Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention, join an educator abroad the Museum’s replica privateer sloop and get your own (temporary) Revolutionary tattoo of Washington’s star.
On Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at a “History in the Making” station in the Museum’s rotunda, visitors can make their own button to take home, inspired by Washington’s inaugural buttons that are on display in the Museum.
In the Museum’s core exhibit, visitors can see Washington’s War Tent, a dramatic presentation of the field tent that served as Washington’s wartime headquarters, as well as his silver camp cups and portmanteau.
Visitors also can view a sword that belonged to Washington, on loan from a private lender, which was made in Philadelphia in 1770 and used during the early years of the Revolutionary War. The sword is displayed alongside a hand-painted copy (ca. 1778) of Peale’s portrait of Washington. Peale’s portrait was one of the first images of the Commander-in-Chief during the war.
About Museum of the American Revolution
The Museum of the American Revolution explores the dramatic, surprising story of the American Revolution through its unmatched collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, documents, and works of art. Immersive galleries, powerful theater experiences, and digital touchscreens bring to life the diverse array of people who created a new nation against incredible odds. Visitors gain a deeper appreciation for how this nation came to be and feel inspired to consider their role in the ongoing promise of the American Revolution. Located just steps away from Independence Hall, the Museum serves as a portal to the region’s many Revolutionary sites, sparking interest, providing context, and encouraging exploration. The Museum, which opened on April 19, 2017, is a private, non-profit, and non-partisan organization. For more information, visit www.AmRevMuseum.org or call 877.740.1776.