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February Alexandria Events

Celebrate George Washington’s Birthday with Events Throughout February


Photo Courtesy of Nina Tisara

Thousands will join in the revelry for the 284th anniversary of George Washington’s birth in his hometown of Alexandria, Virginia. The city celebrates the General’s birthday throughout the month of February with more than a dozen festive events, including the George Washington Birthday Parade, a Cherry Challenge among Alexandria’s finest restaurants, free admission to historic sites, popular walking tours, 18th-century dance classes, and a 10K and 2K Fun Run.

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.




In preparation for the Birthnight Ball on February 13, learn 18th-century English country dancing from expert dance instructors at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. Tickets: $12 per class or $30 for series.

Enjoy the warmth and hospitality of the tavern! Join guest Martha Washington for a variety of 18th-century desserts and wash them down with a cup of John Gadsby’s special blend of tea or American Heritage Chocolate. Tickets: $35 inclusive.

Start & end at the US Patent & Trademark Office. Dash through this certified course through Eisenhower Valley. Special recognition of the 150th anniversary of the Alexandria Fire Department. Awards, t-shirts and refreshments provided. All proceeds benefit the historic George Washington Birthday Celebration. Fee: $40 for 10-K; $10 for 2-K.

Come honor our Nation’s Veterans, Active Military, and their families with music, games, and activities for children with military vehicles, demonstrations, informational booths, and displays at the Parade Reviewing Stand at Market Square. FREE.

Just outside the Memorial’s entrance, followed by a special tour of the Memorial.

The George Washington Symposium is held annually on Washington’s Birthday to provide the public with enlightening contemporary research on the life of George Washington. The theme of this year’s symposium is “From Relics to Repositories: Preserving George Washington’s Legacy Yesterday and Today.” Speakers include Carol Borchert Cadou, Senior Vice President for Historic Preservation & Collections at George Washington’s Mount Vernon; Martha Custis Peter, sixth-generation granddaughter of Martha Washington; and Timothy K. Winkle, Curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. FREE.

For More Information:

ALL EVENTS: www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com/GWbday

SELECT EVENTS: www.washingtonbirthday.net/events