Celebrate George Washington’s Birthday with New and Adapted Events and Tours in Alexandria, VA January 14, 2021

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Claire Mouledoux, CMouledoux@VisitAlexVA.com or 703-652-5367

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Celebrate George Washington’s Birthday with New and Adapted Events and Tours in Alexandria, VA throughout February

Annual parade has been cancelled for 2021

Alexandria, VA—Alexandria, Virginia, George Washington’s adopted hometown and home to the largest George Washington birthday celebration in the country, announces new and adapted events and tours throughout February in honor of the 289th anniversary of the first president’s birth. While the city’s annual George Washington Birthday Parade has been cancelled for the health and safety of the community, you can join a variety of virtual and physically distanced events to celebrate one of Alexandria’s most legendary citizens.

New this year, join General George Washington for a special webinar to discuss distinct periods of his life each Friday in a program entitled “The Great Theater of Action: The Life of George Washington in Four Acts.” American Legion Post 24 is pleased to present “Run, Walk, n' Roll” – a 24-mile race through Washington’s hometown or in your own neighborhood, on your own schedule.

Many favorite annual events are still planned with a new twist. The annual George Washington Birthnight Banquet and Ball, held at Gadsby’s Tavern since 1793, will be offered virtually with to-go meals, toasts to the General, a special minuet and a virtual ball. Outdoor “George Washington’s Alexandria” tours will be held every Sunday in February. Tours are free but require an advanced reservation, social distancing and masks. Be sure not to miss a special evening of virtual entertainment hosted by George Washington’s Mount Vernon on February 22.

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.

For complete event information, visit WashingtonBirthday.com.

  • American Legion Post 24’s “Run, Walk, n' Roll” – Throughout February 2021; register by January 31, 2021

This George Washington Birthday Commemorative event is intended to build community and enhance the physical, mental, and emotional resiliency of participants—veterans and non-veterans alike. This month-long event during February 2021 encourages participants to run, walk and/or roll on their own for at least 24 miles in increments and on routes they choose. Registration is $24 and open until Jan 31, 2021. For more information, visit WashingtonBirthday.com.

  • “Hunt for Washington” – Throughout February 2021

“Hunt for Washington” is a fun and challenging game to uncover clues about Alexandria and George Washington. The hunt, which should take about 60-90 minutes to complete, will take you to places in Old Town Alexandria associated with the General. Start by printing a clue sheet at home and bring it with you as you traverse the heart of Old Town and then use your sleuthing skills to find answers to the clues. By February 28, submit your findings to GWBirthdayEvents@gmail.com. There are prizes and mementos associated with this event. For more information, visit WashingtonBirthday.com. FREE

  • “The Great Theater of Action: The Life of George Washington in Four Acts”: Virtual – Every Friday in February (5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th) at 7 p.m.

Join George Washington every Friday in February as he discusses various periods of his life and engages the audience. The first week will be about his youth; the second week will delve into the American War for Independence; the third week will cover his post-war retirement at Mount Vernon and his time presiding over the Constitutional Convention and the last installment will cover his presidency and final retirement years. $20 admission per event or $60 for admission for all events. Visit WashingtonBirthday.com for the full program. 

  • Christ Church Churchyard Tours – Every Saturday in February (6th, 13th, 20th & 27th) from 12 to 2 p.m. 

George Washington’s church has one of the oldest graveyards in Alexandria, dating back to 1766. Hear from Christ Church docents about the churchyard’s unique history, Washington’s connection with Christ Church and other presidents who worshipped there. 15-minute tours will be given every Saturday in February (6th, 13th, 20th & 27th) from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. For more information, visit WashingtonBirthday.com. FREE

  • “George Washington’s Alexandria” ToursEvery Sunday in February (7th, 14th, 21st & 28th) from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Explore historic Old Town Alexandria as George Washington knew it! This 90-minute guided walking tour will visit sites associated with Washington and his closest colleagues, including John Fitzgerald’s warehouse, Captain’s Row, Gentry Row, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary shop, Ramsay House, Market Square, the Carlyle House, Wise’s Tavern, Duvall Tavern, Gadsby’s Tavern and George Washington’s town house. The tour begins behind the Torpedo Factory’s south entrance andin front of Vola’s Dockside Grill at 101 N. Union Street. Physical distancing, masks and reservations required. Reserve your slot on Facebook or Eventbrite at WashingtonBirthdayEvents.eventbrite.com. FREE

  • Birthnight Banquet & Ball: Virtual - February 13, 2021

You are invited to a virtual re-creation of the famous celebration of Washington’s birthnight (birthday) held annually at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. We look forward to sharing all the most important parts of the event - General Washington, a banquet and a ball. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to AlexandriaVA.gov/Shop.

  • Q&A with Officers of the First VA Regiment and an Officer of the opposing force: Virtual -February 14, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

Company officers of the First VA regiment of the Continental Line, under a flag of truce will meet with the loyal opposition to take questions from the audience on the war for Independence. Questions can be asked relating to their uniforms and accoutrements, how the troops are formed up and move about the battlefield as well as other questions related to American War. Please attend this webinar to have fun and learn about history of the time!

For more information, visit WashingtonBirthday.com. $5 admission.

  • Wreath Laying Ceremony to honor the Soldiers of the American Revolution – February 15, 2021 at 11 a.m.

Join the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Sons of the American Revolution as they honor the soldiers of the Revolution. For location information, visit WashingtonBirthday.com. FREE

  • George Washington National Birthday Celebration: Virtual – February 22, 2021 at 7 p.m.

Join Americans across the nation to celebrate Washington’s 289th birthday with a special virtual birthday party hosted by Mount Vernon. In February, patriots from across the country will gather in the comfort of their own homes to salute General Washington with an online program featuring performances and stories from actors, musicians, and historians. A highlight of the celebration includes a birthday toast to General Washington. $5 recommended donation. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to MountVernon.org/gwbirthday.

George Washington Birthday events and tours are organized by the George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee of the City of Alexandria, Virginia in cooperation with local historic sites and organizations. Learn more at WashingtonBirthday.com.

ABOUT ALEXANDRIA, VA

Named a Top 5 Best Small City in the U.S. 2020 for three consecutive years by the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards and one of the South’s Best Cities 2020 by Southern Living, Alexandria hums with a cosmopolitan feel and a walkable lifestyle—a welcoming weekend escape next to our nation’s capital. A nationally designated historic district founded in 1749, Old Town Alexandria is home to more than 200 independent restaurants and boutiques alongside intimate historic museums and new happenings at the waterfront. At the heart of it all is bustling King Street, a walkable mile recognized as one of the “Great Streets” of America. New restaurants tucked into 18th- and 19th-century architecture still intact from the city’s days as George Washington’s adopted hometown ignite historic and off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods as the waterfront district evolves with new energy. Learn more at VisitAlexandriaVA.com.

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