George Washington's Birthday

George Washington's Birthday Celebration

The George Washington University’s namesake envisioned a university in the nation’s capital that would prepare citizen leaders who are brought together from all over the world.  Each year, we celebrate the birthday of George Washington and recognize his vision of a university in the nation’s capital.  These events for GW students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends create opportunities for the university community to celebrate, honor, and learn more about our namesake.

Celebrate with us:

3rd Annual George Washington Lecture
Thursday, February 20
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Gelman Library
2130 H Street, NW
Room 702

Setting the Example: George Washington's Military Leadership
with Edward G. Lengel,  director, The Papers of George Washington

As part of the university’s celebration honoring George Washington’s birthday, Professor Lengel will discuss the leadership lessons of our namesake’s legacy. 

All members of the GW community are invited to attend. Please register at

George Washington’s Birthday Bonfire 
Friday, Feb. 7,
6 p.m.
University Yard

Open to the GW community

The George Washington’s Birthday Bonfire will be part of Homecoming Weekend 2014.  Join the GW community at this longstanding tradition.  Mix and mingle with students, alumni and fans while enjoying s’mores and entertainment.  In the event of adverse weather, George Washington’s celebration will be held at the men’s homecoming basketball game at 4pm on Saturday, February 8 at the Charles E. Smith Center.

For more information, email or call 202-994-7129.

Mount Vernon to Mount Vernon
Saturday, February 22
9 a.m. to noon
Shuttles available at the Mount Vernon and Foggy Bottom Campuses

As part of the university’s celebration of George Washington’s birthday on February 22, the GW community is invited to visit his historic Mount Vernon estate in Alexandria, Virginia. 

The event includes a wreath-laying ceremony at his tomb and a tour of the mansion that George Washington, first President of the United States, called home for more than 40 years.

Free admission, transportation, and light refreshments provided.

Register at

If you have any questions, please contact University Events at, or on Twitter at @gwuevent.

Check out photos from 2012's George Washington's Birthday celebration.

GW Wreath Laying Ceremony at George Washington's Tomb

GW President Steven Knapp and guests commemorate the 280th Anniversary of General Washington's birthday with a wreath-laying ceremony at his tomb on the Mount Vernon Estate.