Alexandria, VA Celebrates George Washington’s Birthday with a Dozen Events in February February 3, 2015

Alexandria, VA Celebrates
George Washington's Birthday with a 
Dozen Events in February

Alexandria, VA - Thousands will join in the revelry for the 283rd anniversary of George Washington's birth in his hometown of Alexandria, Virginia. The city celebrates the General's birthday throughout the month of February with more than a dozen festive events, including the George Washington Birthday Parade, a Cherry Challenge among 30 restaurants, free admission to historic sites, popular walking tours, 18th-century dance classes, a 10K and 2K Fun Run and chocolate and Madeira wine tastings.

Alexandria is a "best of" when it comes to the spectrum of sites and special events associated with General Washington. With George Washington's Mount Vernon just eight miles south of historic Old Town, more than 140 locations in present-day Alexandria are associated with the nation's first president, who conducted business, gathered with friends, worshiped and even owned a townhouse in the city.

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February is an extraordinary time to visit Alexandria. For a limited time, choose from among 14 hotels offering the Alexandria Extras Weekend Hotel Package, which includes free parking, free Wi-Fi and a free Key to the City museum pass. Learn more at

2015 Schedule of Events:



George Washington Birthday Parade - February 16, 2015, 1-3 p.m.
The nation's largest George Washington Birthday parade marches a one-mile route through the streets of Old Town Alexandria. With nearly 3,500 participants, this community parade honors one of the city's favorite sons. FREE.



Cherry Challenge - January 27- February 10, 2015
In honor of George Washington's birthday, 30 Alexandria restaurants will create unique, cherry-centric dishes in celebration of one of the most cherished legends surrounding our first president. This year features dishes from eateries like Indigo Landing, La Bergerie and Del Ray Café, plus many others. Patrons rate their favorite dishes and winners are given special recognition at the George Washington Birthday Parade.

• 18th Century Dance Classes - February 5 and 12, 2015, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
In preparation for the Birthnight Ball on Feb. 14, learn 18th century English country dancing from expert dance instructors. Tickets: $12 per class or $30 for series.

Walking with Washington tours - Every Sunday in February (1 - 22), 2015, 2-3 p.m.
Walk in George Washington's footsteps through his hometown, historic Alexandria, and view some of the sites connected to the General, like where he filled his prescriptions or slept overnight before returning to Mount Vernon. FREE.

George Washington's Birthnight Banquet & Ball - February 14, 2015, 5:30-11 p.m.
Don dancing shoes for this famous celebration of Washington's Birthday at Gadsby's Tavern Museum, set in the year 1799. The evening includes an 18th-century banquet, English country dancing, dessert collation, character re-enactors plus the General and Mrs. Washington. Period costume optional; "after-five" attire encouraged. Tickets: $125 for banquet and ball; $50 for ball only. SOLD OUT. 

Adulteration of Chocolate Tasting at Gadsby's Tavern Museum - February 15, 2015, 3-4:30 p.m.
Delight in a special tasting experience pairing rum, brandy, whiskey and madeira with American Heritage chocolate and learn about 18th century beverages in the same location the General once stopped for drinks and overnight accommodations. Tickets: $45.

George Washington Classic 10-K Race and 2-K Fun Run - February 16, 2015, 8 a.m.
Dash through this certified course through Eisenhower Valley. Prizes, t-shirts and refreshments will be provided. All proceeds benefit the historic celebration. Fee: $40 for 10-K; $10 for 2-K

Mount Vernon Open House - February 16, 2015, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Enjoy free admission at George Washington's beloved home, the most visited historic estate in the United States. Observe the traditional wreath laying ceremony at Washington's tomb, hear patriotic music and delight in a meet and greet with the General, who roams the grounds all day. FREE.

Historic Alexandria Open Houses - February 16, 2015, times vary
Admission is free at these historic Alexandria sites: Carlyle House, Christ Church, Friendship Firehouse Museum, Old Presbyterian Meeting House, Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum and the Lyceum, Alexandria's History Museum. FREE.

• Breakfast and Meeting of the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association - February 16, 2015, 9-10:30 a.m.
Sponsored by the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association, this annual tradition at the Hotel Monaco features "George Washington's" first appearance of the day, plus an address by a distinguished speaker and breakfast. Tickets: $30. Ticket information at or at 703-751-6416.

• Revolutionary War Reenactment at Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site - February 16, 2015,
10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Historic camp and tactical demonstrations throughout the day including a Revolutionary War skirmish at 2 p.m. between the Redcoats and the Colonial Army. FREE.

Tomb Ceremony - February 17, 2015, 11 a.m.-noon
Colonial military and civilians honor the soldiers of the Revolution at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House. FREE.

George Washington Symposium - February 22, 2015, 1-3 p.m.
The George Washington Symposium is held annually on Washington's Birthday to provide the public with enlightening contemporary research on the life of George Washington. The theme of this year's symposium is "Liberty's Alliance: Washington, Lafayette and Europeans' Support of American Independence." Speakers include Stuart Leibiger, professor and chair of the History Department at La Salle University in Philadelphia; Benjamin Huggins, an Assistant Professor and Assistant Editor at the Papers of George Washington project at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville; and Julia Osman, an Assistant Professor of History at Mississippi State University. FREE.



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About Alexandria, Virginia
Minutes from Washington, DC and located along the scenic Potomac waterfront, Alexandria offers cosmopolitan shopping and dining against a backdrop of 18th- and 19th-century architecture. Named a "Top ArtPlace" for its dedication to maintaining a thriving artistic and cultural scene, the city houses renowned art galleries, theater companies and music halls. Once home to George Washington and key players throughout American history, Alexandria combines its rich history with award-winning restaurants, chic boutiques and ever-evolving arts to create an extraordinary getaway destination.

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