Saturday, June 10, 2023
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
FORT BELVOIR, Va. – Members of the public are invited to celebrate the U.S. Army’s 248th Birthday on June 10 during a special Army Birthday Festival at the National Museum of the United States Army.
Admission to the museum and the festival are free, but tickets are required. There will be activities for visitors of all ages. The museum is located on a publicly accessible area of Fort Belvoir.
The festival will feature Army vehicle and equipment displays, an inflatable bounce house, gaming activities and much more. Special outdoor activities include the new Warriors’ Field with action-packed live military events featuring Golden Knights aerial demonstration, the 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own,” and the U.S. Army Drill Team.
Food and beverages will be for sale from outdoor food trucks and the indoor museum café. Army birthday cupcakes and a 2023 festival souvenir will be available to visitors in limited quantities.
For 248 years, U.S. Army Soldiers have been turning obstacles into possibilities that have helped build our nation and defend American values.
Since its establishment in 1775, U.S. Army Soldiers, families and civilians have supported our nation, bearing true faith and allegiance to the country, the U.S. Constitution, their units and fellow team members.
The festival is open to the public. Learn more and register for free tickets at: https://www.thenmusa.org/army-birthday/
From 1-2 p.m. the festival will host a packed ceremony with remarks from Army senior leaders, a Golden Knights aerial demonstration, and Miles Avery, a 19-year-old who was diagnosed with leukemia in December 2018. In 2019 the Massachusetts Make-A-Wish chapter contacted the Office of the Chief of the Army Reserve and requested that Miles spend a day with Soldiers in the National Capital Region. Miles, receiving his wish, will have the opportunity to participate in the celebratory activities. Additionally, Gen. James McConville, Chief of Staff of the Army, and Sgt. Major. Of the Army Michael Grinston will preside over an honorary promotion ceremony for Miles to make him a Soldier for a day.