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The George Washington Birthday Celebration in Alexandria

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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.

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George Washington Birthday Celebration: "Cherry Challenge"

  • February 01, 2015 to February 10, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: All Day
  • Admission: Free
  • Local Restaurants in Old Town
  • Old Town Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Phone: 703-539-2549
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George Washington Birthday Celebration:

In honor of George Washington’s birthday, Alexandria restaurants are creating unique menu items featuring cherries in celebration of one of the most cherished legends surrounding our first ... Learn More

Birthnight Ball dance classes

  • February 05, 2015 to February 12, 2015 (Every Thursday)
  • Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Times: 7:30-9:30 pm
  • Venue: Gadsby's Tavern Museum
  • Admission: $12 per class or $30 for series
  • 134 N. Royal Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Phone: 703-746-4242
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Birthnight Ball dance classes

In preparation for the Birthnight Ball on Feb. 14, learn 18th century English country dancing from expert dance instructors. Tickets online: www.Shop.alexandriava.gov.

George Washington Birthday Celebration: "Walking with Washington"

George Washington Birthday Celebration:

Did you know that there are over 140 places in Alexandria today that are associated with George Washington? This tour is designed to show you some of them and improve your knowledge of Washington and ... Learn More

George Washington's Birthnight Banquet and Ball

  • February 14, 2015
  • Times: 5:30 - 11 p.m.
  • Venue: Gadsby's Tavern Museum
  • Admission: $125 banquet & ball; $150 in dining room with Washingtons; $250 at the Washingtons' table
  • 134 N. Royal Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Phone: 703-746-4242
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George Washington's Birthnight Banquet and Ball

You are invited to the re-creation of this famous celebration of Washington’s Birthday, set in the year 1799. The evening includes an 18th-century banquet, English country dancing, dessert ... Learn More

George Washington Birthday Celebration: "10-K Race and 2-K Fun Run"

  • February 16, 2015
  • Times: 8 a.m.
  • Location: US Patent & Trademark Office
  • Admission: $40 for all runners; $10 for the 2-K Fun Run
  • Enter the Atrium from Eisenhower Avenue
  • Old Town Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Phone: 703-539-2549
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A family event featuring exhibitions by non-profit and military organizations. Sponsors include Virginia Paving Company, Team Red, White, & Blue, Military Officers Association of America and ... Learn More

George Washington Birthday Celebration: "Revolutionary War Reenactment at Fort Ward Park"

George Washington Birthday Celebration:

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

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

Parade Day Museum Open House: Free Tours in Honor of President's Day

Parade Day Museum Open House:  Free Tours in Honor of President's Day

Celebrate George Washington’s birthday in Old Town Alexandria. Enjoy the annual George Washington parade and tour the Carlyle House for free! Visit the Carlyle House, the 18th-century home of ... Learn More

Parade Day Open House at Gadsby's Tavern Museum

Parade Day Open House at Gadsby's Tavern Museum

Enjoy the annual George Washington parade and tour Gadsby's Tavern for FREE! Learn from costumed guides and the museum's Junior Docents about the place Geroge Washington dined and danced in ... Learn More

Washington Birthday Parade Day Tours

Enjoy the annual George Washington Birthday Parade and tour the Apothecary for free! See its unique collection of herbs, botanicals and curious objects, while discovering the important role the ... Learn More

George Washington Birthday Celebration: "Tomb Ceremony"

Colonial military and civilians honor the soldiers of the Revolution. Location: Old Presbyterian Meeting House. Admission is free.

George Washington Symposium

  • February 22, 2015
  • Times: 1 pm
  • Admission: Free
  • 101 Callahan Drive
  • Alexandria, VA 22301
  • Phone: 703-683-2007
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George Washington Symposium

The 2015 George Washington Symposium: Liberty’s Alliance: Washington, Lafayette and Europeans’ Support of American Independence Each year, leading scholars of the life and era of George ... Learn More

On-Going Events

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

  • February 01, 2015 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
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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

 

 




 

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