Celebrate George Washington’s Inauguration … 225 years later

georgewashingtonThe National Parks Traveler website has put up a post about the upcoming celebrations of Brother George Washington’s inauguration.

From the post:

It was 225 years ago this April 30 that George Washington was inaugurated as the country’s first president. You can mark that occasion when the National Park Service celebrates it at Federal Hall National Memorial in New York City.

It was on April 30, 1789, at 26 Wall Street in New York City that George Washington became the first president of the newly created United States of America. The Park Service is celebrating that event with a wide range of activities appropriate for different ages and interests. All activities are designed to bring history to life and offer a glimpse of the society and pageantry that surrounded the first inauguration.

Popular programs returning this year include the “meet and greet with George Washington,” a ranger-led talk on Washington and the re-enactment of the inauguration performed by representatives of St. Johns Lodge #1 of the Masons. New this year is the Ranger Reading and Junior Ranger program in the Grotto, which is geared for youth ages 8 to 12, although all are welcome.

“The highlight of this year’s program will be a special panel discussion on ‘George Washington and Religious Freedom in the New Nation,’ ” said Shirley McKinney, superintendent of Federal Hall National Memorial. “Not only is Federal Hall the site of the first presidential inauguration, it is the site where the Bill of Rights was drafted, which enshrined the right to freedom of religion. This panel is an exciting opportunity to see how the politically powerful and popular George Washington and the society he lived in shaped America’s views on this important topic.”

You can read the rest of the post and get complete information on the schedule of events HERE.

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