George Washington Birthday Parade Highlights Alexandria's President's Day Weekend Events February 3, 2009
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ALEXANDRIA, VA (February 2, 2009) - During the month of February, the George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee and the City of Alexandria will host over a dozen events honoring the country's first president who lived, worshiped and conducted business in what was then a small colonial town. A full listing and more information on the events surrounding the George Washington celebration can be found at


February 1-8

Cherry Food Challenge
Celebrate the infamous cherry in honor of George Washington's birth. Alexandria restaurants Bastille, Bookbinder's, Finn & Porter, Layla's, Murphy's Irish Pub, St. Elmo's Coffee Pub, Stardust, Tempo, and Union Street Public House are each creating a unique menu item featuring cherries. Try them all and vote for your favorite.


Saturday, February 14

George Washington Birthday Classic 10-K Race and 2-K Fun Run
Certified race course through Eisenhower Valley and Alexandria's parklands. Prizes, t-shirts and refreshments will be provided runners, with the proceeds benefiting the Alexandria Police Youth Camp.
8:30 a.m., rain or shine
Registration: $30,

Birthnight Banquet & Ball
Participate in a reenactment of the ball George Washington attended to celebrate his birthday in 1797. Colonial attire encouraged but not required. Dancing lessons are available prior to the Ball.
Dinner at 5:30 p.m.; ball begins at 9 p.m.
Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St.
$100 for banquet and ball, $50 for ball only
Reservations required; 703.838.4242


Saturday and Sunday, February 14 and 15

Breakfast with George Washington and America's Smallest Hometown Parade at Mount Vernon
Join George Washington for a sample of his favorite breakfast of hoecakes swimming in butter and honey prepared over an open fire. Families are welcome to participate in "America's Smallest Hometown Parade," complete with fife and drum corps, 18th-century music, farm animals, and "the general" himself.
Breakfast: 9 a.m. to noon., while supplies last
Parade: 1:30 p.m.
Included in regular admission


Sunday, February 15

Revolutionary War Reenactment at Fort Ward Park
Historic camp and tactical demonstrations throughout the day including a Revolutionary War skirmish between the Redcoats and the Colonial Army.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (skirmish is at 2 p.m.)
Fort Ward Park, 4301 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria


Monday, February 16

George Washington Birthday Parade
The largest George Washington birthday parade marches 1.3 miles through the streets of Old Town Alexandria. With nearly 3,500 participants including horses, llamas, historical groups and more than 1,000 youth from scouting groups, this is still a local, community parade in honor of one of the City's favorite sons. The parade starts at 1 p.m. at the intersection of Wilkes and South St. Asaph streets. The reviewing stand is located next to Gadsby's Tavern Museum, at the intersection of South Royal and Cameron streets, and ends at North Fairfax and Gibbon streets.
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Free Admission to Mount Vernon on President's Day
Celebrate the national observance of George Washington's birthday by visiting his home and burial site free of charge on this day. Enjoy musical and military performances by the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife & Drum Corps and the Commander-in-Chief's Guard. Festivities begin after a 10 a.m. ceremony at Washington's tomb. "America's Smallest Hometown Parade" steps off at 1:30 p.m.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Meet George Washington
Colonel Washington, will be brought to life by actor Brian Hilton who will describe Washington's life from 1732 to 1760 and then welcome questions from the audience. Hilton's historic character portrayals are highly acclaimed and he has performed at the National Park Service and National Trust for Historic Preservation for the Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens since 1997.
11 a.m.
Lyceum, Alexandria's History Museum, 201 South Washington Street

Free admission to Historic Alexandria sites on Monday, February 16:

George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, 703.780.2000

The Lyceum: Alexandria's History Museum
210 S. Washington St., 703.838.4994

Gadsby's Tavern Museum
134 N. Royal St., 703.838.4242

Friendship Firehouse Museum
107 S. Alfred St., 703.838.3891

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
105-107 South Fairfax St., 703.838.3852

Carlyle House
121 N. Fairfax St., 703.549.2997

Lee-Fendall House Museum
614 Oronoco St., 703.548.1789

Christ Church
118 N. Washington St., 703.549.1450

Media Contact: Emily Hellewell, 703.746.3309,