Barack Obama: Hosting a Scaled-Down 60th Birthday Bash at His Martha’s Vineyard Home

Barack Obama Is Hosting a Scaled-Down 60th Birthday Bash at His Martha’s Vineyard Home

Barack Obama is still hosting a birthday bash at the family’s Martha’s Vineyard compound, but it’s scaled-down.

Former President Barack Obama reached a major milestone this week, as he turned the big 6-0 on August 4.

Obama wanted to celebrate his special day with a lavish party and hundreds of his closest friends, but alas, after months of planning, he had to seriously scale down the fête due to growing COVID-19 concerns and the Delta variant.

Michelle Obama and Barack Obama.

The Obamas have scaled down the celebration. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Since the former POTUS is, you know, a human being that understands that sometimes you have to change your plans because of a global pandemic, he decided to make the right decision and cancel his big bash.

On the eve of his 60th, Obama informed a large number of guests (many of whom had already made their way to Martha’s Vineyard) that he was canceling his 60th birthday party.

And here the Obamas are on a casual bicycling ride in Martha's Vineyard.

The Obamas on a casual bicycling ride in Martha’s Vineyard. Rick Friedman-Pool/Getty Images

The invitee list originally included the likes of George and Amal Clooney, Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg, according to the New York Post, but now that it’s limited it’s to just family and close friends, so it’s unclear who, exactly, made the cut.

Just because it’s going to be a smaller crowd doesn’t mean that the Obamas aren’t going all out with the celebration, of course. The preparations for the party already started yesterday, as the observers spotted tents and catering arriving at the Obama compound. The party is still outdoors, though there will be fancy open-sided tents, a very impressive menu and chic set-up.