Obama played golf with a group of friends and aides at Andrews Air Force Base before heading to the presidential getaway in Maryland's Catoctin Mountains.
But, before Obama escaped to begin any celebrations, Republicans acknowledged his birthday by delivering him a tongue-in-cheek cake.
Next weekend, Obama will hold several birthday-themed fundraisers in Chicago, including one at his family's South Side home.
Obama's campaign used the event to drum up small-dollar donations before the end of the July fundraising deadline, offering two lucky winners the chance to attend the fundraiser at Obama's red brick home.
Obama's team has warned that he could be outspent by Republicans and GOP candidate Mitt Romney.
Obama got some early birthday wishes on Thursday during a rally in Florida, when supporters serenaded him with 'Happy Birthday.'
The president joked that his birthday wishes 'probably would have to do with electoral votes. Winning Florida wouldn't be a bad birthday present.'