Celebrating Independence Day at Mount Vernon
July 4 seen through Scandinavian eyes
A year has nearly past since that memorable day last year where our newly found relatives took us, a Danish couple to celebrate Fourth of July with them at Mount Vernon, Washington’s treasured estate in Virginia. This country estate on the Potomac River was George Washington’s home for 45 years.
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Without his victory in the long war for independence from the British king, The Declaration of Independence from 1776 would not have survived. It was created in secrecy during the Revolutionary War (1775-1781). Now back to the July Fourth Celebration at Mount Vernon.
The front of the Vernon Estate and the lawn where the neutralisation ceremony is held
Some of the guests at Mount Vernon wear the colours of the American Flag
At the Foyer, you meet different characters like George and Martha Washington
The entrance to Mount Vernon, decorated for the July 4th Celebration
People entered in long lines, many clad in blue, red and white and mixed with the many in authentic clothes from Washington’s period. About 150 persons from all over the globe went through a neutralisation ceremony during which musicians performed the National Anthem. I was touched and stood by with a hand on my heart, wishing it was me.
A speech is held for a group of new American citizens at Mount Vernon.
The small American flags decorate the wall at Mount Vernon, one for each new immigrant who is going to be neutralised that day.
A part of the garden at Mount Vernon
A lady in clothes from Washington’s time is inspecting the beetroot or rhubarb garden.
A lady in clothes from Washington’s time is inspecting the beetroot garden.
Father and son in costumes from Washington’s time at the Vernon estate park.
People in costumes from Washington’s time are lining up in the shade at the Vernon estate park.
We lined up for a walk through the Washington rooms at the estate; unfortunately, we were not allowed to take photos. On the ground, we saw the buildings around the estate used for cultivating the soil, for spinning cloths and stables for the animals. It was all made alive by the men, women and children in clothing from the time and revolutionary soldiers in the blue and white uniforms. None of them had modern water bottles; cell phones were not visible. The weather was sweltering, and the actors wore a lot more clothes than we did.
Gardener’s house or servants’ hall at Mount Vermont
Spinning House at Mount Vermont. Washington wanted to be independent and be able to produce their own clothes
Chairs from the time of George Washington waiting for guests at Mount Vermont terrasse.
Part of the Mount Vermont estate
Part of the Mount Vermont estate
A view from the garden towards the estate of Mount Vermont.
A Riding Chair similar to what George Washington used on the rough Virginia terrain
Our trip ended with a visit to George Washington’s modest grave a short walk from the estate.
Music performance from the Revolution
Music performance from the Revolution. (A woman uses a cell phone) phone
One of the soldiers’ wives and child at Mount Vermont
Some of the actors from the Revolutionary times at Mount Vermont
One of the soldiers’ wives and children at Mount Vermont
The soldiers are preparing the cannon.
A soldier and his child acting as Washington’s Army at Mount Vermont
Two soldiers from Washington’s Army finding the shadow
Two actors from the Revolutionary time at Mount Vermont.
Actors from the Revolutionary period at Vermont. Potomac River is seen in the background.
A young actor meets a child at Mount Vermont
Revolutionary soldiers waiting in the heat
Revolutionary soldiers waiting in the heat talking to guests
Daily wreath-laying ceremony at George Washington’s tomb
George Washington’s tomb built in 1831
An arch near Washington’s gravesite entering through to the slave gravesites
George Washington’s new brick tomb built in 1831
A tourist looking at Washington’s grave