Washington's Birthday CelebrationNewburgh, NY – Celebrate General George Washington’s birthday– his 291st - at Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site. As one of the critical figures in our country’s birth, one or two days honoring him just isn’t enough; Washington’s Headquarters in Newburgh does THREE days – February 18th, 19th and 20th, from 12 PM until 3 PM each day. Admission is free for all those three days, though donations are welcomed.

Sing “Happy Birthday” to the General (reenactor John Koopman) as he cuts into his birthday cake, officially starting the day’s festivities. Have a piece of cake and prepare to enjoy all that each day offers: history, music, demonstrations of 18th century camp life, and a take-home craft.

After enjoying his cake, the General will meet visitors at his Headquarters, along with his Aide-de-Camp, Tench Tighlman (reenactor Ryan Williams.)   Mrs. Washington (reenactor Sandy Spector) will join him Sunday and Monday. Each day, Balladeer Thad McGregor will offer musical entertainment, and youth of all ages can create a take-home craft!  On the grounds, Revolutionary War reenactors will perform demonstrations of 18th century camp life.

Make sure you explore the Museum and our newest exhibit, The Defense of the Hudson.  Other exhibits include Unpacked & Rediscovered: Selections from Washington’s Headquarters’ Collection, George Washington: Perspectives on His Life and Legacy, The Preservation of Washington's Headquarters, and the Junior Curator Project 2020. 

For more information call 845-562-1195.

The Washington Project 2023…starting Monday, February 20th of President’s weekend, search YouTube’s “Palisades Interstate Parks Commission Television” for The Washington Project 2023.  Watch Hudson Valley students as they present interpretations of Washington’s historic events at Headquarters through their own, individually created theatrical and musical performance pieces.  There will be also a special program, The Washington Project 2023 Live!, on Sunday, February 26th at 4pm at the Safe Harbors Lobby at the Ritz, 107 Broadway, Newburgh. 

The Washington Project 2023 is a collaboration between Safe Harbors of the Hudson and Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site. Funding is provided through the New York State Connect Kids to Parks initiative, a program of New York State Parks, and the Environmental Protection Fund.

Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site is a registered National Historic Landmark. It is located at the corner of Liberty and Washington Streets within the city of Newburgh's East End Historic District. The site is one of 35 historic sites within the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and is one of 28 facilities administered by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission in New York and New Jersey.   For further information contact: (845) 562-1195.  For more information about New York State Parks, please visit our website at www.parks.ny.gov. For more information call 845-562-1195 or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/washingtonsheadquarters

The Palisades Parks Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that supports the Palisades Interstate Park system.  Partnering with PIPC, we protect the PIP’s natural and historic resources by raising funds, increasing public awareness and supporting visitor education.  

Palisades Parks Conservancy’s mission is to preserve the Palisades Interstate Park’s rich history and biodiversity,and protect America’s first bi-state park system. The Conservancy is committed to supporting parks where all visitors can play, connect, and immerse themselves in nature and culture.

Palisades Parks Conservancy support of the Palisades’ historic sites, including Washington’s Headquarters, ensures education programs are available to the public, our history is preserved, and sites are visitor-ready. Partnering to restore the Tower of Victory at Washington’s Headquarters is one of our proudest moments. To learn about events and programs available within the Palisades Interstate Park system, visit us at https://www.palisadesparks.org/calendar. To make a gift to support our historic sites and parks, please visit us at https://www.palisadesparks.org/donate-1.          


Contact: Elyse B. Goldberg | elyse.goldberg@parks.ny.gov | 845-562-1195