George Washington Birthday Parade and Weekend Festivities January 28, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 28, 2011

CONTACT:
Claire Mouledoux, CMouledoux@VisitAlexVA.com or 703-746-3309
Joe Shumard, GWBirthday@WashingtonBirthday.net or 703-549-7662

George Washington Honored with Parade
Over Washington's Birthday Weekend

Fall in Love with George Washington's Hometown with
Festivities throughout the Weekend


February 19-21, 2011

Fife Band Marching


WHAT:              George Washington Birthday Parade and Weekend Festivities
                          
Weekend of special events culminates with George Washington Birthday Parade:
                     Largest parade in the country celebrating the nation's first president

WHEN:           Washington's Birthday Weekend, February 19-21, 2011
                     Parade on Monday, February 21, 2011, 1 to 3 p.m.

WHERE:          Old Town Alexandria, Virginia 22314

INFO:             VisitAlexandriaVA.com or 703-746-3301

CALENDAR LISTING:  February 19-21, 2011, George Washington Birthday Parade and Weekend Festivities. Largest parade in the country celebrating the nation's first president takes place on Washington's Birthday holiday, Monday, February 21, 1 to 3 p.m. in Old Town Alexandria. Part of a weekend of events that includes an historic reenactment at Fort Ward Park, the Birthnight Banquet & Ball at Gadsby's Tavern, a 10-K race, a 1-mile race just before the parade, plus free open houses at historic attractions. VisitAlexandriaVA.com or 703-746-3301.

 

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ALEXANDRIA, VA - George Washington, the nation's first president, will be honored on the 279th anniversary of his birth with a parade in his hometown of Alexandria, Virginia, on Monday, February 21, 2011, from 1 to 3 p.m. in Old Town.

The George Washington Birthday Parade, the largest and oldest in the country celebrating this Founding Father, will wind its way through the historic streets of Old Town where Washington lived, worshiped and conducted business. Annually the parade includes thousands of participants including historical, community and youth groups, bands, horses and canines. Spectators line the brick sidewalks along the one-mile parade route.

Events throughout the weekend in Alexandria will celebrate Washington's legacy with an historic reenactment at Fort Ward Park, the Birthnight Banquet & Ball at Gadsby's Tavern, a 10-K race, the first ever one-mile race just before the parade, plus free admission to historic sites on parade day. Historic Mount Vernon presents a Surprise Birthday Party for General Washington daily through the weekend.

Earlier in the month, February 6 through 12, local restaurants will compete in the third annual Cherry Challenge as they create unique dishes and cocktails featuring cherry recipes in celebration of one of the most cherished legends surrounding George Washington. A popular vote will determine the winners, and those restaurants will receive recognition at the parade.

With Alexandria's charming historic setting, special events and delightful dining opportunities, visitors and residents alike can make a date to fall in love with George Washington's hometown.

 

George Washington Birthday Celebration festivities include:

 

February 6 - 12, 2011

Third Annual Cherry Challenge
Throughout Alexandria
Alexandria restaurants are creating unique menu items featuring cherries in celebration of one of the most cherished legends surrounding George Washington. Each restaurant will develop its own cherry cocktail, appetizer, entrée, or dessert. Try them all and vote for your favorite. Winners are given special recognition at the George Washington Birthday Parade. Participating restaurants include Dishes of India, Fontaine Caffe and Creperie, Food Matters, Hank's Oyster Bar, King Street Blues Old Town, Murphy's Irish Pub, Pizzaiolo Café, Ramparts, Seagar's Restaurant (Hilton Old Town), Shooter McGee's, St. Elmo's Coffee Pub, Tempo and The Light Horse.

 

Saturday, February 19, 2011

George Washington Birthday Classic 10-K Race and 2-K Fun Run
8 a.m. to 11 a.m. rain or shine
$35; after February 10: $40
Certified racecourse through Eisenhower Valley and Alexandria's parklands. Cash prizes, T-shirts and refreshments will be provided for runners, with the proceeds benefiting George Washington Birthday Celebration.

Washington's Birthnight Banquet & Ball
5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St.
$100 for banquet and ball, $50 for ball only; reservations required, 703-746-4242
Participate in a reenactment of the 1798 and 1799 balls George Washington attended to celebrate his birthday. Colonial attire encouraged but not required. Dancing lessons are available prior to the Ball.

 

 

Saturday and Sunday, February 19 and 20, 2011

Breakfast with George Washington at Historic Mount Vernon
9 a.m. to noon, while supplies last
George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy.
Included in regular admission
Celebrate George Washington's birthday by joining the General for breakfast as he enjoys his favorite morning meal, "hoecakes swimming in butter and honey", cooked over an open fire (while supplies last).  Pull up a hay bale and chat with the Father of Our Country about politics, farming, the Revolutionary War, and life in the 18th century. Following the breakfast sampling, families can participate in a "Surprise Birthday Party" for General Washington that includes rousing birthday cheers and a serenade, patriotic music and more.

 

 

Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, February 19-21, 2011

George Washington's Surprise Birthday Party at Historic Mount Vernon
George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy.
Included in regular admission; Free admission on Monday, February 21
1:30 p.m.
Join characters from the 18th century as they help visitors surprise General Washington with rousing birthday cheers and a serenade! After the birthday surprise Washington will be presented with gifts which he will describe and react to during a speech to his birthday visitors. The surprise is reminiscent of Washington's birthday in 1778 during which the Continental Artillery band serenaded Washington at Valley Forge.

 

 

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Revolutionary War Reenactment at Fort Ward Park
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Skirmish at 2 p.m.)
Fort Ward Park, 4301 W. Braddock Rd.
Free
Historic camp and tactical demonstrations throughout the day including a Revolutionary War skirmish between the Redcoats and the Colonial Army.

 

Parade Day, Monday, February 21, 2011

Breakfast & Meeting of the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association
9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Holiday Inn & Suites, 625 First St.
Tickets are $30; Purchase at www.WashingtonBirthday.com or by calling 703-751-6416
The Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association sponsors this meeting at the Holiday Inn & Suites where a hearty breakfast is served. Those in attendance are treated to the first appearance of the day by George Washington and an address by a distinguished speaker.

George Washington Birthday PARADE MILE
12:30 p.m. rain or shine
Old Town Alexandria
$20 per runner
Be a part of the first-ever Parade Mile. Run occurs just before the parade on the parade route. Special winter fleece beanies will be given to preregistered race participants. Start Time: 12:30 p.m.; Start & Finish Location: The parade reviewing stands at King and Royal streets. Please note that you must be able to finish the mile in 15 minutes or less. Absolutely no strollers or pets.

George Washington Birthday Parade
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Old Town Alexandria
Free
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 including historical groups, youth from scouting groups and animals, this is still a local, community parade in honor of one of the City's favorite sons. The parade starts at 1 p.m. at the intersection of Gibbon and S. Fairfax streets. The reviewing stand is located near City Hall's Market Square, at the intersection of King and Royal streets, and ends at Wilkes and S. Royal streets.

Free Admission to Historic Mount Vernon
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy.
Free
Celebrate the national observance of George Washington's birthday by visiting his home and burial site free of charge on this day. Enjoy a grand holiday party with musical and military performances. Festivities begin with a 10 a.m. ceremony at Washington's tomb, followed by Miss America 2010 singing the national anthem, spirited military demonstrations by the Old Guard Fife & Drum Corps, and the new "Surprise Birthday Party" celebration.

 

 

Free admission to historic sites on Monday, February 21, 2011:

 

George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., 703-780-2000

The Lyceum: Alexandria's History Museum
201 S. Washington St., 703-746-4994

Gadsby's Tavern Museum
134 N. Royal St., 703-746-4242

Friendship Firehouse Museum
107 S. Alfred St., 703-746-3891

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
105-107 S. Fairfax St., 703-746-3852

Carlyle House
121 N. Fairfax St., 703-549-2997

Christ Church
118 N. Washington St., 703-549-1450


For even more George Washington Birthday events go to VisitAlexandriaVA.com

Direct Link: http://visitalexandriava.com/about-alexandria/alexandria-george-washington-birthday/

 

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