Alexandria, VA Celebrates George Washington's Birthday with a Dozen Events January 31, 2014

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

Alexandria, VA - Thousands will join in the revelry for the 282nd 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 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.

Find complete event information at
www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com/GWbday

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2014 Schedule of Events:

George Washington Birthday Parade - February 17th from 1-3 p.m.
The nation's largest George Washington Birthday parade marches a one-mile route through the streets of Old Town Alexandria. This year's Parade Grand Marshal is Pamela Cressey, the first City Archeologist of Alexandria. With nearly 3,500 participants, this community parade honors one of the city's favorite sons. FREE.

Cherry Challenge - February 2-8th, 2014
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 the Waterfront Market, Hank's Oyster Bar, Society Fair and Union Street Public House, plus many others. Patrons rate their favorite dishes and winners are given special recognition at the George Washington Birthday Parade.

Walking with Washington tours - Every Sunday in February (2nd - 23rd) from 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 15th, 2014 from 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 & ball, $65 for ball only. Advance reservations required.

George Washington Classic 10-K Race and 2-K Fun Run - February 16th, 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

Revolutionary War Reenactment at Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site - February 16th from
10 a.m.-3 p.m.

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

George Washington goes to the Theatre - February 16th, 2 p.m.
Gather at the Athenaeum for an old-fashioned community play reading. A young George Washington participated in readings such as these. Participants will read George's favorite play, Cato by Joseph Addison. Take a role and join in! FREE.

Madeira Tasting with President Washington at Gadsby's Tavern Museum - February 16th,
3 p.m.

Delight in four Madeira wines (George Washington's favorite drink) and insight into their production plus food pairings in the same location the General once stopped for meals and overnight accommodations. Tickets: $45.

Breakfast and Meeting of the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association - February 17th from 9-10:30 a.m.
Sponsored by the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association, this annual tradition at the Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria Hotel features "George Washington's" first appearance of the day, plus an address by a distinguished speaker and breakfast. Tickets: $30. Ticket information at www.friendshipfire.net or at 703-751-6416.

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

Mount Vernon Open House - February 17th, 8 a.m.-4 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 17th, times vary
Admission is free at these historic Alexandria sites: Carlyle House, Christ Church, Friendship Firehouse Museum, Gadsby's Tavern Museum, Old Presbyterian Meeting House, Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum and the Lyceum, Alexandria's History Museum. FREE.

For More Information:
ALL EVENTS: www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com/GWbday
SELECT EVENTS: www.washingtonbirthday.net/events

About Alexandria, Virginia
Only five miles 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 2013 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.