A Presidential Birthday Weekend at Valley Forge

George Washington cuts a birthday cake while Martha Washington watches.
General Washington cuts his birthday cake.

NPS photo.

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News Release Date: January 29, 2016

Contact: Kekoa Rosehill, 610-783-1013

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA –For George Washington's 46th birthday, Martha surprised him with a public celebration at his headquarters in Valley Forge, bringing some mid-winter excitement (and cake) to the General and his staff. Following in her footsteps, Valley Forge National Historical Park has planned a weekend of programs and activities to celebrate Washington's 284th birthday this year.

Sunday, February 14 - The Second Pennsylvania Regiment, a local living history reenactment unit, will gather at the Muhlenberg Brigade Huts from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm Bringing over two dozen infantry and artillery, soldiers as well as camp followers, the group will provide visitors with a dynamic interpretation of camp life including musket and cannon demonstrations at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm. For visitors present at 10:30 am, there will be a review of the troops with the fife and drums, then stay for the full program at 11:00am.

Monday, February 15 - the park will host a birthday party for General Washington. Beginning at 10:00 am in the Visitor Center, children can make birthday cards for Washington, take part in 18th-century games, try on continental clothing, and meet the General and Mrs. Washington. At noon, The Culinary Arts Institute of Montgomery County Community College will present the General with a birthday cake and provide the public with free cupcakes and samples of a modernized version of Martha Washington's great cake recipe. Following the cake festivities children can participate in the Join the Continental Army program during which they will learn to march and drill like Continental Soldiers and receive a formal inspection by the Commander-in-Chief, General Washington.


About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 409 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.

About Valley Forge National Historical Park. Valley Forge commemorates the site of the 1777-78 winter encampment of George Washington's Continental Army, and their sacrifices and perseverance during extraordinary times. For more information about the park, please visit our website at www.nps.gov/vafo or call 610-783-1099.

About the Friends of Valley Forge Park. Our mission is to advocate for Valley Forge National Historical Park, to enhance the visitor experience and to promote public appreciation of the Park's historic, environmental and recreational resources. For more information, visit our website at www.friendsofvalleyforge.org

About the Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board (TCB). A nonprofit, membership-based sales and marketing organization that actively promotes the Valley Forge area and Montgomery County, Pa. For more information about the TCB, please visit our website at www.valleyforge.org

About The Encampment Store. The Encampment Store is a non-profit 501 (c)3 cooperating association with the National Park Service whose mission is to provide support and assistance to the interpretive, educational, scientific and historical activities of Valley Forge NHP. For more information, please visit our website at www.encampmentstore.org

Last updated: January 29, 2016

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