Former President Barack Obama will host hundreds of guests (nearly 700 people) at his 60th birthday party this coming weekend on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts at his $12 million, 30-acre waterfront property. Obama turns 60 on Wednesday.The event will be held outside. A COVID coordinator will ensure all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state and local guidelines are followed at the party. Guests will be required to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test before attending the party. No official guest list has been released. President Joe Biden is not planning to attend the gathering, according to a White House official. “While President Biden is unable to attend this weekend, he looks forward to catching up with former President Obama soon and properly welcoming him into the over 60 club,” the White House official told media.
In lieu of gifts for the former President, guests are being asked to consider giving to programs that work to support boys and young men of color and their families in the United States, empower adolescent girls around the world, and equip the next generation of emerging community leaders. The Obamas have identified various charities for guests to consider supporting including My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, the Girls Opportunity Alliance, and the Obama Foundation’s Global Leadership programs. A serious Covid-19 delta variant outbreak is developing in the U.S. right now. Martha’s Vineyard, an island in Dukes County, Massachusetts, is currently considered at a “moderate” level of transmission risk, according to CDC data.