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Obama planning big birthday party on Vineyard, according to reports

Former president Barack Obama.
Former president Barack Obama.Vincent Thian/Associated Press

Former President Barack Obama turns 60 this week, and he’s planning to have a big party at his Martha’s Vineyard home to celebrate the milestone, according to reports.

Obama is expected to be joined by numerous luminaries, including Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, and Steven Spielberg. The total number of attendees is reported to be nearly 500 people, with another 200 in staff to handle the festivities.

Obama was born Aug. 4, so his birthday falls on Wednesday this year, and the party is planned for this weekend.

The Obamas bought an oceanfront estate in Edgartown for $11.75 million in 2019. The 7,000-square-foot mansion has seven bedrooms, 8½ baths, and sits on 29 acres with plenty of breathtaking views.

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According to a report in The Hill, guests to Obama’s birthday party will be asked to take a COVID-19 test before attending.

The party also will be held outside, and the Obamas plan to have a COVID coordinator on-site to ensure that proper protocols are being followed, according to Axios.

President Joe Biden will not be among the attendees. A White House official told The Hill that while Biden is unable to attend, “he looks forward to catching up with former President Obama soon and properly welcoming him into the over 60 club.”

News of the party comes as nearby Cape Cod weathers the reverberations from a massive COVID outbreak following the Fourth of July. The CDC announced Friday that three-quarters of the cases analyzed from the Provincetown outbreak were of the “breakthrough” variety, or occurring within vaccinated people, a finding that helped spur the agency to recommend wearing masks indoors again in certain cases. However, the island of Martha’s Vineyard has not seen a major uptick in the disease, with town-by-town data from the state last week showing fewer than 20 positive COVID tests over the past two weeks.

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Correction: An earlier version of this story referenced a report from Axios that Pearl Jam was going to play at the birthday party. That reference has been removed, as the band is not scheduled to play.


Emily Sweeney can be reached at emily.sweeney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.