RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – June 11 or 12, 1864 – General Ulysses S. Grant at his headquarters in Cold Harbor, Virginia (Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division)

The 193rd anniversary of the birth of President Ulysses S. Grant’s is April 27 and public, free celebrations are planned at his birthplace at Point Pleasant, Ohio and in New York City at his tomb.

Two days early, on April 25, Grant’s birthday will be marked with a day-long event at the small community of Point Pleasant, Ohio, where he was born and spent his childhood years. Beginning at 9:30 a.m. with a flag raising and Pledge of Allegiance, the schedule includes a commemorative program at the Grant Memorial Methodist Church with musical selections and speakers, serving of a birthday cake and a concert by singer and songwriter Steve Free.

New York City’s Sons of Union Veterans, Oliver Tilden Camp will commemorate Grant’s birth with a one-day-early ceremony on April 26 at 11 a.m. at the General Grant National Memorial, better known as Grant’s Tomb. The camp’s Web site offered few details about the event other than well known Grant impersonator Larry Clowers and his wife Connie, portraying Julia Grant, will be part of the program.

On April 27, the National Park Service and the United States Military Academy at West Point will host the official government ceremony, beginning at 11 a.m. at the memorial. The key note speaker will be historian and author Eric Foner and wreaths will be laid in the mausoleum where Grant and his wife Julia are entombed.