We’re with Uncle Sam on this: it’s not really Presidents Day but Washington’s Birthday we celebrate on the third Monday of February. (Some states and federal agencies call it Presidents Day but the name of the holiday hasn’t been formally changed.)
Anyhoo, Northern Virginians can celebrate up close and personal as Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens, home to our nation’s founding father, is honoring hizzoner’s 276th birthday by suspending the $13 admission fee for adults ($6 for kids) on Feb. 18.
Gates at the Alexandria estate open at 9 a.m. (and I’ll bet there’ll be a line), followed by a ceremony at his tomb at 10 a.m. At 1:30, “America’s Smallest Hometown Parade” begins. The U.S. Army Old Guard Fife & Drum Corps and the Commander-in-Chief’s Guard also performs.
Word of advice: Wear really comfortable walking shoes. It’s a big estate on rolling, not level, land.