At 2 PM, we’ll sing “Happy Birthday” to General Washington and enjoy a cake from Newtown’s “The Caketeria” that he’ll cut with his sword.
Kids are encouraged to bring homemade birthday cards to present to General Washington.
Thanks to the support of The Philadelphia Contributionship, admission to the birthday party is free for the first time.
“I never cease to be amazed at the excitement of the children, how they admire George Washington, and the creativity of their birthday cards,” says John Godzieba, who portrays General Washington at Washington Crossing Historic Park.
At the end of the party, he collects all the cards and takes them with him. He’s held on to a few over the last several years.
“Every card is a great gift, but I’m especially touched by those from the youngest party-goers who try so hard to get the Durham boat and my cocked hat just right—and I still can’t tell which is which,” Godzieba says.
Prior to the cake-cutting, various children’s activities will be staged in and around the Historic Village:
- Playtime with period toys, games, and costumes
- Blacksmithing and colonial cooking demonstrations
- Field drills by reenactors
- A take-home craft