AlexandriaSpotlight

Alexandria Insider

Monthly eNewsletter sign up

The George Washington Birthday Celebration in Alexandria

GW Parade Route 2014

Thousands join in the revelry for the anniversary of George Washington's birth in his adopted hometown of Alexandria. The city celebrates the General's birthday throughout the month of February with 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 the foodie-favorite "Cherry Challenge," 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 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. Embark on the self-guided walking tour "Washington's Footsteps," and traverse down centuries-old paths tread by some of the most prolific characters in American history.

Check out winter deals happening in Alexandria and book a hotel stay to partake in George Washington Birthday celebrations all weekend long.

If an event is canceled due to inclement weather, you can find out about it here.

RSS
Click to Show Map
<< <
Showing 1-4 of 4
> >>

Featured Events

Happening This Month

George Washington Birthday: "Breakfast & Meeting of the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association"

George Washington Birthday:

The Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association sponsors this annual tradition at the Hotel Monaco where a hearty breakfast is served. Those in attendance are treated to the first appearance of the ... Learn More

On-Going Events

“Civil War Sundays”

Exhibits include: An original May 26, 1861, edition of The New-York Tribune detailing Colonel Elmer Ellsworth's death in Alexandria; A Peeps diorama illustrating Ellsworth's death; A ... Learn More

Gardens & Groves: George Washington's Landscape at Mount Vernon

  • November 27, 2014 to January 10, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Venue: Mount Vernon: George Washington's Estate & Gardens
  • Admission: Event included with purchase of a General Admission Ticket $17 adults; $8 children ages 6-11; free children ages 5 and under
  • 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
  • Mount Vernon, VA 22121
  • Phone: 703-780-2000
  • Visit Website
  • Send Email
Gardens & Groves: George Washington's Landscape at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon invites visitors to explore George Washington’s design for the grounds of his estate, highlighting the first president’s interests and talents as a landscape designer through ... Learn More

 

 




 

Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association
221 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-3301 or 800-388-9119
ask@visitalexva.com
Trip Advisor

Check out what other travelers say about Alexandria tourism on TripAdvisor.

designed by BCF
Powered By Simpleview