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Mount Vernon Celebrates Purple Heart Day

You are cordially invited to celebrate National Purple Heart Day at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. It is our honor to have you join us as we, in partnership with the Military Order of the Purple Heart, commemorate the oldest military decoration in the United States at the beloved home of its founder. Here is information you might find helpful in planning your visit. Please note that Mount Vernon will commemorate Purple Heart Day 2018 on Friday, August 10, 2018, and Saturday, August 11, 2018.

See you soon,

Joan Flintoft
Director of Events & Protocol

George Washington

Free Admission Tickets for Purple Heart Recipients

We are pleased to offer free tickets to Purple Heart recipients and their families on Saturday, August 11, 2018. Free tickets are available until 5 p.m. on Monday, July 31.

Saturday, August 11

Hours & Admission

Mount Vernon will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 11, 2018.

Your ticket will include access to the historic area, an optional tour of the Mansion, George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill, and the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center.

We recommend that you plan to arrive at least 20 minutes prior to your Mansion tour time. You will be prompted to choose your Mansion tour time when you reserve your ticket.

Purple Heart Day Ceremony

Join the audience for Mount Vernon’s official National Purple Heart Day Ceremony on the East Lawn at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 11, 2018, featuring remarks by General Washington.

Purple Heart Day Reception

  • Mount Vernon is pleased to invite Purple Heart recipients and their families to a reception at the Mount Vernon Inn restaurant at 1 p.m.
  • All guests must RSVP in order to attend, and attendance is on a first come, first served basis until the event reaches capacity.
  • To RSVP, please contact Gordon Sumner, Chapter 353, Military Order of the Purple Heart, at gordon.sumner53@gmail.com no later than July 31, 2018.

Friday, August 10

Private Evening Tour

  • On Friday, August 10, 2018, Purple Heart recipients and their families can enjoy a special Private Evening Tour of the Mansion and Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Purple Heart Memorial, on the 20th anniversary of its dedication, at 6 p.m.
  • The Mansion tour includes the first, second and third floors of George Washington’s beloved home. The guided tour of the Mansion will take approximately one hour. Please note the first floor of the Mansion is accessible by most wheelchairs. The second and third floors are accessed by stairs.
  • While a shuttle will be provided, please dress for the weather and be prepared for uneven walkways.
  • All guests must RSVP in order to attend, and attendance is on a first come, first served basis until the event reaches capacity.

 

Things to Know Before Your Visit

Please be aware of the following:

  • Mount Vernon Celebrates Purple Heart Day will involve outdoor walking, so please dress accordingly. Please be prepared for varying temperatures and uneven walkways.
  • The Ford Orientation Center, Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center and Mount Vernon Inn complex are wheelchair accessible. Although the 18th-century pathways in the historic area can be uneven, there is an accessible path linking the Mansion, Ford Orientation Center, and the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center. More about accessibility at Mount Vernon may be found here.
  • Food is available for purchase at our Food Court Pavilion or Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant. Reservations are recommended at the Mount Vernon Inn.
  • Smoking is not permitted.
  • Outside food and beverage are not permitted.
  • Guests are welcome to leave the estate during the event and re-enter the estate by presenting a valid ticket.

Bag Inspection & Prohibited Items

For your safety, bags/containers larger than 16x16x8” are prohibited, and all bags are subject to inspection. Prohibited items include:

  • Weapons/firearms not in compliance with Virginia law.
  • Knives/blades longer than 3.5 inches.
  • Flammable liquids, gases and aerosols.
  • Fireworks and related materials.
  • Other items deemed dangerous or suspicious.
  • Food and beverages, except water.

Click here for more information about prohibited items.

Questions? Please feel free to e-mail Events@MountVernon.org.

George Washington's Mount Vernon
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Mount Vernon, Virginia 22121
United States

 
 
 
Mount Vernon is owned and maintained in trust for the people of the United States by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association of the Union, a private, non-profit organization. We don't accept government funding and rely upon private contributions to help preserve George Washington’s home and legacy.
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