Thomas Edison's Birthday Celebration at Edison and Ford Winter Estates

FORT MYERS, Fla. (January 13, 2020) -- The public is invited to celebrate Thomas Edison's 173rd birthday on February 11, at 10 a.m. As part of the celebration, students from the Edison Park Creative and Expressive Arts School will sing, dance and play stringed instruments, and birthday cake will be served. Edison's birthday celebration is a sanctioned Edison Festival of Light event. The festival honors Thomas Edison, his achievements and his contributions to Fort Myers.  

Historically, local school children performed for Edison on his birthday. Today, the school’s rich educational programs encourage students to excel in all curricula by integrating the performing and visual arts. More than 10 years ago, teachers from the school reinstated the historic dance program which features music and dance of the Edison Era as well as contemporary favorites.  

The birthday party is a free public event (does not include tours or admission to the museum or lab) with limited seating. The party is sponsored in part by the Edison Festival of Light, the organization founded in 1938 to memorialize Thomas Edison.

For more information, call 239-334-7419 or visit


Edison and Ford Winter Estates
Edison and Ford Winter Estates is the internationally known winter home site of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. More than 220,000 visitors walk through the location each year from all around the globe. The organization has received many awards, including the National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Garden Clubs’ Historic Preservation Award. The property is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures," a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. The Edison Botanic Laboratory is a National Historic Chemical Landmark. The site is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and until 9 p.m. during the month of December for Holiday Nights.