Crowds flock to Mount Vernon for a presidential birthday

Thousands filled the grounds at Mount Vernon on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 to celebrate George Washington's birthday. His actual birthday is Feb. 22. (WTOP/Rich Johnson)
Thousands flood the grounds at Mount Vernon on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 to celebrate George Washington’s Birthday. His actual birthday is Feb. 22. Admission was free Monday. Planned activities included a 21-gun salute, a wreath-laying, syrup tasting, book signings and a “pose like the Prez” selfie station. (WTOP/Rich Johnson)

A 21-gun salute honors the birthday of the first U.S. president, George Washington, at Mount Vernon on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. (WTOP/Rich Johnson)
A 21-gun salute honors the birthday of the first U.S. president, George Washington, at his home Mount Vernon on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. (WTOP/Rich Johnson)

Thousands enjoy Monday's springlike weather at Mount Vernon, which was celebrating the first president's birthday on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. (WTOP/Rich Johnson)
Thousands enjoy Monday’s springlike weather at Mount Vernon, which was celebrating the first president’s birthday on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. (WTOP/Rich Johnson)

A young boy looks into a stable at Mount Vernon on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. interior and ext of the blacksmith shop, all rising for the National Anthem at the start of the ceremony.
A young boy looks into a stable at Mount Vernon on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. (WTOP/Rich Johnson)

A blacksmith works at the forge at Mount Vernon on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. (WTOP/Rich Johnson)
A blacksmith works at the forge at Mount Vernon on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Thousands flocked to the president’s home to enjoy the weather and celebrate Washington’s Birthday, which is actually on Feb. 22. (WTOP/Rich Johnson)

A little girl views the sheep at Mount Vernon on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. (WTOP/Rich Johnson)
A little girl views the sheep at Mount Vernon on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. (WTOP/Rich Johnson)

Re-enactors greet visitors to Mount Vernon, which threw open its doors to the public on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 to celebrate George Washington's Birthday (WTOP/Rich Johnson)
Re-enactors greet visitors to Mount Vernon, which threw open its doors to the public on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 to celebrate George Washington’s Birthday (WTOP/Rich Johnson)

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Thousands filled the grounds at Mount Vernon on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 to celebrate George Washington's birthday. His actual birthday is Feb. 22. (WTOP/Rich Johnson)
A 21-gun salute honors the birthday of the first U.S. president, George Washington, at Mount Vernon on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. (WTOP/Rich Johnson)
Thousands enjoy Monday's springlike weather at Mount Vernon, which was celebrating the first president's birthday on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. (WTOP/Rich Johnson)
A young boy looks into a stable at Mount Vernon on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. interior and ext of the blacksmith shop, all rising for the National Anthem at the start of the ceremony.
A blacksmith works at the forge at Mount Vernon on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. (WTOP/Rich Johnson)
A little girl views the sheep at Mount Vernon on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. (WTOP/Rich Johnson)
Re-enactors greet visitors to Mount Vernon, which threw open its doors to the public on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 to celebrate George Washington's Birthday (WTOP/Rich Johnson)

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