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US celebrates Washington’s birthday

Americans have celebrated the birthday of the first president of the United States, George Washington, who was born in February 282 years ago. Re-enactors, statesmen, members of the military, and the general public gathered at Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate in Virginia, for the President’s Day celebrations, which also honour the birthday of Abraham Lincoln.

US celebrates Washington’s birthday
Don Francisco, a reenactor who works for Mount Vernon, plays the fifeat George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, February 17, 2014 in Mount Vernon, Virginia. Monday is President's Day in the United States, where the nation celebrates the presidential birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. (Getty Images)
US celebrates Washington’s birthday
Members of the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) line up in formation during a military exercise exhibition for visitors at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, February 17, 2014 in Mount Vernon, Virginia. Monday is President's Day in the United States, where the nation celebrated the presidential birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. (Getty Images)
US celebrates Washington’s birthday
Members of the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) fire their weapons during a military exercise exhibition for visitors at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, February 17, 2014 in Mount Vernon, Virginia. Monday is President's Day in the United States, where the nation celebrated the presidential birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. (Getty Images)
US celebrates Washington’s birthday
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe makes remarks during the 'Official Observance of Washington's Birthday with the Governor' event at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, February 17, 2014 in Mount Vernon, Virginia. Monday is President's Day in the United States, where the nation celebrates the presidential birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. (Getty Images)
US celebrates Washington’s birthday
With George Washington's likeness on the wall behind them, visitors wait in line to view a film inside the welcome center at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, February 17, 2014 in Mount Vernon, Virginia. Monday is President's Day in the United States, where the nation celebrates the presidential birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. (Getty Images)
US celebrates Washington’s birthday
Don Francisco, a reenactor who works at Mount Vernon, places a wreath at George Washington's tomb at Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, February 17, 2014 in Mount Vernon, Virginia. Monday is President's Day in the United States, where the nation celebrates the presidential birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. (Getty Images)
US celebrates Washington’s birthday
Reenactors dressed as George and Martha Washington posed for photographs for visitors at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, February 17, 2014 in Mount Vernon, Virginia. Monday is President's Day in the United States, where the nation celebrates the presidential birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. (Getty Images)
US celebrates Washington’s birthday
Visitors pose with statues of the Washington family at the welcome center at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, February 17, 2014 in Mount Vernon, Virginia. Monday is President's Day in the United States, where the nation celebrates the presidential birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. (Getty Images)
US celebrates Washington’s birthday
People view George Washington's tomb at Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, February 17, 2014 in Mount Vernon, Virginia. Monday is President's Day in the United States, where the nation celebrates the presidential birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. (Getty Images)
US celebrates Washington’s birthday
Visitors view a model of the estate inside the welcome center at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, February 17, 2014 in Mount Vernon, Virginia. Monday is President's Day in the United States, where the nation celebrated the presidential birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. (Getty Images)
US celebrates Washington’s birthday
Reenactors dressed as George and Martha Washington posed for photographs for visitors at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, February 17, 2014 in Mount Vernon, Virginia. Monday is President's Day in the United States, where the nation celebrates the presidential birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. (Getty Images)