Alexandria Events – February 2022
Celebrating Our Nation’s First President
All events listed below are subject to change. The most up-to-date information about any celebration event is published on washingtonbirthday.com by the George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee (GWBCC).
1st – 15th
The Restaurant Cherry Challenge
In honor of George Washington’s birthday, participating Alexandria restaurants will create unique, cherry-centric dishes. Each restaurant will develop its own cherry cocktail, appetizer, entrée, and/or dessert in honor of our distinguished native son, of course. The competing restaurants and their entries will be listed on the George Washington Birthday Celebration website and Facebook page, and the winners will be announced on Parade Day.
1st to 28th
Hunt for Washington
A fun and challenging game to uncover clues about Alexandria and George Washington. The hunt, which should take about 60 to 90 minutes to complete, will take individuals and families to places in Old Town Alexandria associated with the General. Start by printing a clue sheet from washingtonbirthday.com 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. Submit your findings to firstname.lastname@example.org any time before the end of the day on February 28. There are prizes and mementos associated with this event. FREE.
American Legion Post 24 Run, Walk, n’ Roll
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 2022 encourages participants to run, walk and/or roll on their own for at least 24 miles in increments and routes they choose. Registration is $24 and open until February 5th. Visit runsignup.com/Race/VA/Alexandria/GWB24RunWalkRoll for more information.
¡Viva George! Celebrating Washington in Laredo and Alexandria – Virtual
Alexandria has celebrated hometown legend George Washington for hundreds of years with parades and balls. Another city in America that has also celebrated with pomp and parade? Laredo, Texas. Learn from Dr. Elaine Peña, Associate Professor of American Studies at The George Washington University, about her research on these extensive festivities along the border. Afterwards, Tyler Vanice, Chair of Alexandria’s George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee, will join Dr. Peña as they explore the similarities and difference between Laredo and Alexandria. Dr. Peña book, ¡Viva George! Celebrating Washington’s Birthday at the U.S.-Mexico Border, will be available for advance purchase at Gadsby’s and the Alexandria History Museum. Cost is $6 per person. Tickets are available through AlexandriaVA.gov/Shop.
6th, 13th, 20th & 27th
“George Washington’s Alexandria” Tours
2 to 4 p.m.
On every Sunday in February you can explore historic Old Town Alexandria as George Washington knew it. This popular two-hour guided walking tour will visit sites associated with Washington and his closest colleagues, including Christ Church, Light Horse Harry Lee’s house, the Lord Fairfax home, Washington’s townhouse, Gadsby’s Tavern, Duvall Tavern, Wise’s Tavern, the Carlyle House, Market Square, Ramsay House, the Apothecary Shop and Gentry Row. To register, visit eventbrite.com and search George Washington’s Alexandria.
Chocolate with General Washington
GW Masonic National Memorial
101 Callahan Drive
Children (and accompanying adults) are invited to spend an hour with General Washington to talk about the events of the revolution, ask questions of our first citizen, and enjoy hot chocolate and delicious comestibles. Sponsored by First Home Care. Masks will be required.
Join George Washington at Hooray for Books!
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
1555 King Street
Join General Washington as he engages youth with immersive books to children about General Washington, President’s Day, and more at Hooray for Books! Recommended age group is 10 and younger. Masks will be required.
Friendship Firehouse Museum is Open
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
107 South Alfred Street
The Friendship Fire Company was established in 1774 as the first volunteer fire company in Alexandria. Younger visitors will receive a free fire hat and a take-away bag of fun activities. Guests must wear masks that cover their mouth and nose while in the building. Admission is $2 per person and free to Alexandria residents
Virtual Birthnight Banquet & Ball
7 to 9 p.m.
Join in the celebrations that have been ongoing for hundreds of years—General Washington’s Birthnight Ball. Gather your bubble to honor our first President over Zoom. Begin the evening with a video presentation about the history of this event and hear from those that have participated in it for years. Have conversations about your favorite Birthnight experience. Then, the General will be available live for all your questions. Lastly, enjoy English Country Dancing called by our expert dance master from the historic Ballroom that you can do with 1, 2, 4, 6 or 8 people at home. Period costumes of the 1790s encouraged. One virtual dance class on February 17th is included. Tickets are $15 per person. A dinner from Gadsby’s Tavern Restaurant and traditional Birthnight Ball cake from Bittersweet are available for pickup with separate purchase of $50. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to AlexandriaVA.gov/Shop.
GW Masonic National Memorial
101 Callahan Drive
The George Washington Masonic National Memorial hosts leading scholars of the life and legacy of George Washington. The theme of the 2022 George Washington Symposium is “The Political Education of George Washington, 1758-1774.” The George Washington Symposium is held annually to honor Washington’s Birthday by providing the public with enlightening contemporary research on the life of George Washington. Free parking is available. gwmemorial.org.
George Washington Birthday Gala
GW Masonic National Memorial
101 Callahan Drive
Formal (white tie optional). Reception at 5:00 p.m. Entertainment in the Memorial Theater at 6:30 p.m. Banquet in the Memorial’s Grand Masonic Hall at 7:30 p.m. The presentation of the George Washington Memorial Award will take place during the banquet. Tickets are $200. To purchase tickets, visit gwmemorial.org. Tickets are limited.
George Washington Birthday Parade Day Activities
Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association Breakfast
400 Courthouse Square
Meet special guests and enjoy a hearty breakfast with members of this historic association. First appearance of the day of General and Martha Washington. Speaker: Mark Jinks, retired Alexandria city manager, relating his “hidden ghost” stories and other anecdotal experiences. Ticket Price: $45, table of 10 $400. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact Bill Kehoe, Secretary, email@example.com.
Wreath Laying Ceremony
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the Revolution
Old Presbyterian Meeting House
321 South Fairfax Street
Join the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Sons of the American Revolution as they honor the soldiers of the Revolution. No registration required.
Armed Forces Community Covenant Ceremony
Corner of King & Royal Streets
12 to 1 p.m.
Join us as we honor our Nation’s Veterans, Active Military, and their families with music and demonstrations. Speakers include Alexandria’s Mayor and the commanders of major military installations in the metropolitan area. Sign the Covenant Document and show your support for our Military as we honor our first veteran.
George Washington Birthday Parade
1 to 3 p.m.
The nation’s largest George Washington Birthday parade marches a one-mile route through the streets of his chosen hometown! For more information, including parking, maps, route and status, visit washingtonbirthday.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 571-384-8170.
Museums Open on Parade Day
134 North Royal Street
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothocary Museum
105-107 South Fairfax Street
While in Alexandria for the parade, stop by Gadsby’s Tavern Museum and the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Regular admission applies, which means City of Alexandria residents can visit for free. Guests must wear masks that cover their mouth and nose while in the buildings. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum will have costumed guides throughout the museum sharing stories about the many people who worked in and visited the tavern, including George Washington. For more information, call 703-746-4242.
The Apothecary Museum will be offering both first-floor admission as well as guided tours at 11:15, 12:15, 1:15, 2:15, 3:15 and 4:15 p.m. Residents interested in reserving space on a guided tour for free can call the museum at 703-746-3852.
Free Admission to George Washington’s Mount Vernon
3200 Mount Vernon Highway
February 21st – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
February 22nd – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Celebrate the first president of the United States at his beloved home. Admission is free for Presidents Day and George Washington’s birthday. Admission tickets must be reserved online in advance. Tickets will be released to Mount Vernon members on February 11 and to the general public on February 15. A limited number of tickets are available. 703-780-2000.
Publishers Note: Information about the events taking place for Black History Month had not been firmed up at the time of this writing but should be available on the 1st of February. For up-to-date information on this and other events that are taking place in Alexandria, call 703-746-3301 or visit http://www.visitAlexandriaVA.com.