The George Washington Birthday Celebration

George Washington Birthday Parade Route

Thousands will join in the revelry for the 287th anniversary of George Washington’s birth in his adopted hometown of Alexandria, Virginia. The city celebrates the General’s birthday throughout the month of February with more than 15 festive events, including the George Washington Birthday Parade, a Cherry Challenge among Alexandria’s restaurants, free admission to historic sites, popular walking tours and an 18th-century banquet and ball.

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.

Take advantage of the festivities and some of the best deals of the year by booking the Winter Weekend Getaway Hotel Package. Many of the participating hotels are just steps away from restaurants, boutiques and attractions.

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