The George Washington Birthday Celebration
Thousands join in the revelry for the anniversary of George Washington's birth in his hometown of Alexandria. The city celebrates the General's birthday throughout the month of February with more than a dozen festivities, including the George Washington Birthday Parade, free admission to historic sites, popular walking tours, 18th-century dance classes, Madeira wine tastings and even a cherry-themed competition among local restaurants.
The annual George Washington Birthday Parade, the largest and oldest in the country celebrating this Founding Father, winds its way through a one-mile route along the historic streets of Old Town. The parade includes thousands of participants such as historical, community and youth groups, bands, horses and canines. More events scheduled throughout the birthday weekend make it the cornerstone of a month of celebratory events.
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 Estate, Museum & Gardens 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.