Today, April 13th, we celebrate the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, our third president, and one of our Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson’s 275th Birthday! 🇺🇸
At key points in his life Jefferson had drawn up lists of his achievements, and on the verge of death he designed his own gravestone and epitaph: “Author of the Declaration of Independence [and] of the Statute of Virginia for religious freedom & Father of the University of Virginia.”
In his final letter to Roger Weightman, Jefferson eloquently espoused the central role of the United States and the Declaration of Independence as signals of the blessings of self-government to the world.
Ironically, during his life, Jefferson never celebrated his birthday and discouraged doing so while in public life. The first public celebration of Jefferson’s birthday was held on April 13, 1830, at the Indian Queen Tavern in Washington, with Virginia congressman John Roane presiding over the more than 150 attendees.
We remember our founding fathers’ legacies and contributions to this wonderful experiment in freedom we call the United States of America.
Livestream the public ceremony of Founder’s Day and Jefferson’s Birthday Celebration at Monticello by clicking HERE.