USA/Alexandria Birthday Celebration

On Saturday, July 7, 2018, from 6 to 10 p.m., celebrate America's 242nd birthday and Alexandria's 269th birthday along the Potomac waterfront at Oronoco Bay Park. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic and enjoy live music by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, patriotic birthday cake, food vendors and a dazzling fireworks display. As George Washington's hometown, Alexandria is a patriotic hotspot, filled with tours by bike, boat and foot, historic sites and art galleries, plus restaurants and boutiques to explore before heading to the waterfront for the grand celebration. Admission is free.

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Featured Events:

  • 6:00 p.m. | Performance by U.S. Navy Band Commodores; refreshment sales
  • 7:30 p.m. | Town Crier announces Mayor Allison Silberberg; poetry reading by Wendi R. Kaplan, Poet Laureate; acknowledgements
  • 8:00 p.m. | Distribution of birthday cake by the mayor and members of City Council
  • 8:30 p.m. | Performance by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra; Jon Kalbfleisch, Guest Conductor
  • 9:30 p.m. | Grand Finale Fireworks Display. Featuring Tchaikovsky's “1812 Overture” with cannon support by the Presidential Salute Battery of the 3d United States Infantry Regiment (“The Old Guard”), Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia

Oronoco Bay Park has lawn seating, and participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Refreshments such as ice cream, hot dogs, Thai food, pizza, barbeque sandwiches, snow cones and kettle corn will be available for purchase, but everyone is welcome to pack a picnic supper.  No grilling is allowed during the event. Please be mindful of your neighbors and refrain from smoking at this event, and pets should be left at home.

Visitors to the historic district are encouraged to bike, walk or take the Metrorail Yellow or Blue lines to the King Street Station and take the free King Street Trolley, DASH or Metro buses. Bicyclists may visit for the City’s Bikeways Map, which features the City's best on-street and off-road bikeways, as well as locations of bicycle parking.

For a list of garages and parking lots in the Old Town historic district, visit Where to Park in Old Town. In addition to regular parking garages and metered parking, paid parking will be available at Simpson Properties Garage (700 North Fairfax St.), and at American Real Estate Partners (44 Canal Center Plaza).

For more information, go to the 2018 birthday information page on or call the Special Events Hotline at 703-746-5592.


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