George Washington Birthday Celebration Planned In Newburgh
George Washington spent some very important time in the Hudson Valley during the Revolutionary War. A birthday celebration is planned at the headquarters where he stayed in Newburgh. The Daily Freeman reports Saturday, February 16th through Monday, February 18th residents can join in on the fun from noon until 4 PM each day.
Hudson Valley students will be on hand each day to perform interpretations of events that happened on site during Washington's time there. There will be drill reenactments and live music as well.
Washington lived and had his headquarters in Newburgh from April of 1782 through August of 1783. During his time in the area he rejected the idea that America should be a monarchy, he put a stop to potential military control of the government when he ended the Newburgh Conspiracy and he created the Badge of Military Merit which was a precursor to the Purple Heart.
Washington's Headquarters State Historic site is located at 84 Liberty Street in Newburgh.