Mount Vernon preps for Presidents Day celebration

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MOUNT VERNON, Va. (AP) — George Washington's home is getting ready for the Presidents Day holiday.

Mount Vernon, the former home of the nation's first president, is offering free admission on Monday.

Spokeswoman Melissa Wood says the estate often sees more than 10,000 people come for the holiday, but they are expecting a smaller crowd this year. That's in part because school systems like Fairfax County are holding classes to make up for lost snow days.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is expected to make remarks at the home. There'll also be a wreath-laying ceremony at Washington's tomb and a 21-gun salute.

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