ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Dozens of central Virginians are celebrating the 275th birthday of Thomas Jefferson.

The third president of the United States and founder of the University of Virginia was honored at his Albemarle County home, Monticello.

The event featured speeches, music, a 21 gun salute, and of course, birthday cake.

“This is a great day to celebrate Thomas Jefferson, his 275th birthday, he never wanted his birthday known but we think it's a tribute to him and his achievements on behalf of this country to honor the great contributions he made,” said Leslie Greene Bowman, President of Thomas Jefferson Foundation.

At the ceremony, Cary Fowler, an international proponent of crop diversity, was awarded the Jefferson Foundation medal in citizen leadership.

The University of Virginia took part in the celebration as well, planting a tree to recognize the day. 

A sycamore tree was planted to honor a person that has made significant and lasting contributions to the University of Virginia.

This year, the university honored Jeff Sitler, an environmental programs manager, who has led innovative changes in storm water management at UVA.