• Log huts are coated in a fresh layer of snow

    Valley Forge

    National Historical Park Pennsylvania

Event Details

  • 02/16/2015

    Actor portraying General Washington cuts a ceremonial birthday cake with his sword in front of a crowded room during his birthday party
    Location: Visitor Center | Map Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Fee Information: Free Contact Name: Stephanie Loeb Contact Email: e-mail us Contact Phone Number: 610-783-1013

Did you know that the first public celebration of Washington's birthday was at Valley Forge in 1778? Join Mrs. Washington, members of the Continental Army, and others to celebrate His Excellency's 283rd birthday this President's Day. Cupcakes and samples of Martha Washington's "Great Cake" recipe will be baked and served by the students at The Culinary Institute of Montgomery County Community College.

Crafts and Games in the Meeting Room (formerly the Education Center) and Theater | 10am - 12pm 
Get ready to meet our nation's first president. Create a birthday card for General Washington and make your own matching tricorn hat. Play with 18th century games and learn colonial style weaving in the park theater. 

Birthday Activities in the Visitor Center | 10am - 2pm
Children and adults can try on 18th century clothing and meet the General and Mrs. Washington. Stop at the enlistment table to sign up for the Join the Continental Army program, which will take place at 12:30 after the cake ceremony. 

Sing Happy Birthday to the General in the Visitor Center | 12pm
Help Martha sing Happy Birthday to George Washington as he cuts his cake. Cupcakes and samples of Martha Washington's birthday cake recipe will be served. 

Join the Continental Army | 12:30pm
Children will fall in to drill formation and be taught how to march and drill like a Continental Soldier on the new mini grand parade, just outside of the upper Visitor Center doors. Troops will receive a special instruction from General Washington! See your enlistment papers for which color drill team you're on.