No major family activities are planned for the president but he is scheduled to head home to Chicago for a dinner engagement on Wednesday evening with friends. He is expected to spend the night at his private home in the Hyde Park neighbourhood.
While commenting on his birthday, Obama told reporters that he realizes that his hair is getting grayer and his metabolism is slowing down as another year passes.
The president is scheduled to tour an auto plant while in Chicago and attend a series of fundraisers for democratic candidates.
Meanwhile Obama will have to celebrate without his wife and children. Mrs. Obama is currently in Spain with her younger daughter, Sasha while Malia spends time at a summer camp.