Video: George Washington leads a July 4th Parade at Nationals Park

George Washington 4th of July Nationals ParkWhen baseball returned to Washington DC, Major League Baseball established an annual tradition of playing a morning baseball game on Independence Day in the nation’s capital.

For the first several years of the Nationals’ presidents race, it was also an annual tradition for the writer of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, to lead the other presidents while carrying an American flag.

But last year, the team handed the honor to George Washington, and once again in 2014, it was George who led the parade.

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Photo: Racing presidents celebrate the 4th at the White House

Washington Nationals racing presidents at the white houseOne benefit of being a former president for the summer: Security clearance.

For the second year in a row, the Nationals racing presidents joined president Barack Obama and his family for an Independence Day barbecue honoring military heroes and their families at the White House, joining other celebrities including country singer Brad Paisley (pictured).

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Video: Jefferson leads the way in Nationals Independence Day tradition.

Independence Day Thomas Jefferson wins the Presidents Race at Nationals ParkJuly 4 Presidents Race - Thomas Jefferson Always Wins Declaration of IndependenceLongtime Washington Nationals fans know two universal truths about Independence Day at Nationals Park. Ryan Zimmerman will have a big day, and Thomas Jefferson will win the presidents race.

Zimmerman delivered with a homer and three RBI, making him 10 for 20 with 13 RBIs in six Independence Day games.

And for the third year in a row, founding father Thomas Jefferson, scribe of the Declaration of Independence, led the 4th inning presidents race wire to wire, carrying an American Flag all the way.

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Teddy Roosevelt loses his 400th race on Independence Day

Nationals Presidents Race - Thomas Jefferson carries the flag on Independence DayStudents of presidents race history know better than to bet against Thomas Jefferson on Independence Day.

The scribe of our country’s declaration of Independence once again led the race from wire-to-wire, and as he did last year on July 4, carried an American flag the whole way.

Monday was designated a “Patriotic Day” by the Nationals, and while the associated new uniforms continued to provide good luck for the team, they’ve clearly had no impact on presidents race results.

Washington, Lincoln, and Roosevelt declined to provide even a challenge, and in his 400th winless presidents race, Teddy stayed at the very back of the pack from start to finish, wearing a very undersized stars and stripes hat.

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Jefferson runs with American flag then signs Declaration of Independence

4th of July presidents race at Nationals ParkOn a scorcher of an Independence Day afternoon, the Nationals racing presidents paid homage to the author of the U.S. Declaration of Independence.

Wearing traditional period garb for the holiday, Thomas Jefferson led Sunday’s presidents race from wire to wire with a large American Flag in hand. George Washington followed with a quill pen, and Teddy Roosevelt trailed the pack carrying an oversized copy of the Declaration of Independence.

After the race, Thomas took the quill and signed the declaration as Teddy held it up for the Nationals Park crowd.

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