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Alexandria July 2019 Event Calendar

The Main Event – Happy Birthday Alexandria!

July 13th

USA/Alexandria Birthday Celebration
7 to 10 p.m.
Admission: Free
Oronoco Bay Park

100 Madison Street

Celebrate America’s 243rd birthday and Alexandria’s 270th along the Potomac River waterfront at Oronoco Bay Park. Enjoy live music by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, patriotic birthday cake, food vendors and a dazzling fireworks display.

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An American Celebration at Mount Vernon
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: Included with price of admission ($20 for adults; $19 for seniors; $12 for ages 6-11; free for children ages 0-5)
George Washington’s Mount Vernon

3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway

Salute the first commander-in-chief during this annual Independence Day event. Watch dazzling made-for-daytime fireworks shoot off over the Potomac River and listen to the roar of cannon fire during special military re-enactments. Enjoy free birthday cake (while supplies last), a visit from General and Mrs. Washington and a performance by the National Concert Band during its “Red, White and Blue” concert. Spend a truly inspiring day at a truly inspiring place. An American Celebration takes place rain or shine.


Plein Air at Mount Vernon
12 to 4 p.m.
Admission: Included with price of admission ($20 for adults; $19 for seniors; $12 for ages 6-11; free for children ages 0-5)
George Washington’s Mount Vernon

3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway

Join us for three days of Washington-inspired painting in the upper and lower gardens with renowned artist Simon Bull. During this first-ever event, watch visiting artist Simon Bull at work painting flowers, trees and scenes from the gardens on a mural-sized canvas. As you watch Bull use a brush and pour paint on the canvas, he will share his process and painting techniques and answer questions.


Cinema Del Ray Outdoor Movies
7 p.m.; films begin at dusk
Admission: Free
Mt. Vernon Recreation Center field

2701 Commonwealth Avenue

Bring family, friends, neighbors and a blanket to watch family-friendly open-air movies including Peter Pan, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Smallfoot (in Spanish with English subtitles), How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World and Incredibles 2 at Cinema Del Ray, sponsored by The Jen Walker Team.


The Real World Science Behind Harry Potter
1 to 4 p.m.
Admission: $7 per person
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

105-107 S. Fairfax Street

In honor of Harry Potter’s birthday, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum is offering family-friendly tours that explore the Muggle science and medicine behind J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series. Event partner Hooray for Books! will be selling wizarding merchandise on site, and Dolci Gelati will have Butterbeer gelato available in their shop. Activities include potion-making and a photo booth—don’t forget your camera. Tickets are available starting July 1, and advance purchase is recommended, as this event sells out. Children must be accompanied by a ticketed adult.

Find more summer events and activities at  Named the #1 Best Value U.S. Travel Destination 2018 by Money magazine, a Top 5 Best Small City in the U.S. 2018 by the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards and one of the South’s Prettiest Cities 2018 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 in to 18th- and 19th-century architecture still intact from the city’s days as George Washington’s hometown ignite historic and off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods as the waterfront district evolves with new energy. Learn more at

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