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George Washington Birthday Celebration!

George and Ben – photo by James Cullum for the Zebra.

Northern Virginia is fortunate to be home to George Washington, Revolutionary War hero and the first President of the United States, among so many other noteworthy accomplishments.  The City of Alexandria and Fairfax County host annual events throughout the month of February celebrating George Washington’s birthday.  Every year the events change and new activities are added.  The schedule of events for 2020 is below.

Alexandria Celebrates Washington’s Birthday throughout February!

 “Cherry Challenge”:  A competition among the finer restaurants in Alexandria. Each restaurant develops 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 website and the winners will be announced on Parade Day.
Dates: January 26 through February 9, 2020.  For more information, go to:

“Walking with Washington”:  Did you know that there are over 140 places in Alexandria that are associated with George Washington? This tour is designed to show you some of them and expand your knowledge of Washington and Alexandria, his home town. Date: Every Sunday in February (2, 9, 16, 23).  Ticket Price: Free! Advance reservations not required. Time: 2 p.m. (tour lasts about ninety minutes).   Location: Meet at the Ramsay House Visitors Center, 221 King St, Alexandria 22314.  Status: For status information go to or call (703) 829-6640.

Birthnight Banquet & Ball:  You are invited to the re-creation of this famous celebration of Washington’s Birthday set in the year 1799. The evening includes an 18th-century banquet, English country dancing, dessert collation, character re-enactors, and General and Mrs. George Washington. Period costume optional; “after-five” attire encouraged.  To attend the Ball only, please arrive at 9 p.m.

Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020.  Time: 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.   Location: Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St.  Ticket Price: Tiered pricing for this event. Advance reservations required.  To purchase tickets, go to:  Site Contact: Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, telephone (703) 746-4242.  For information go to or call (703) 829-6640.

Alexandria George Washington Birthday Celebration Schedule for 2020

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 at 2 p.m.  Date: Sunday, February 16, 2020; Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Location: Fort Ward Park, 4301 W. Braddock Road.  Ticket Price: Free. Registration is not required.  Site Contact: Fort Ward Museum; telephone (703) 838-4848.  For more information:  or call (703) 829-6640.

Parade Day!

Monday February 17, 2020

Breakfast & Meeting of the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association  

Meet special guests and enjoy a hearty breakfast with members of this historic association.  Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Ticket Price: $40.  For more information and to purchase tickets, go to:  Speaker: To be Announced.  Location: the Alexandrian Hotel (formerly the Hotel Monaco) 480 King Street, Alexandria 22314.  For status go to or call (703) 829-6640.

Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the Revolution.  Organized by the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Sons of the American Revolution. Colonial military and civilians honor the soldiers of the Revolution.  Time: 11:00 a.m. to Noon. Ticket Price: Free.  Location: Old Presbyterian Meeting House, 321 So. Fairfax Street, Alexandria.  Status: For status go to or call (703) 829-6640.

Armed Forces Community Covenant Ceremony.  Join us as we honor our Nation’s Veterans, Active Military, and their families with music, games and activities for children, military vehicles, demonstrations, informational booths and displays.  Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Ticket Price: Free.  Location: Parade Reviewing Stand at Market Square (King & Royal Streets).  Status: For status information go to or call (703) 829-6640.  For information go to

George Washington Birthday Parade 

February 17, 2020

The largest parade in the USA that celebrates Washington’s Birthday – in his chosen hometown! Time: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Old T
own Alexandria.  Grand Marshal: To be announced. 
For status go to or call (703) 829-6640.

On PARADE DAY, PARKING is FREE at the parking lots adjacent to the Eisenhower Avenue Metro Station.  From there, a FREE DASH shuttle bus will take you downtown and back from 11 A.M. TO 4 P.M. The free KING STREET TROLLEY service will also be in operation all day until 11 p.m. from King Street Metro Station going east and west along King Street. For DASH service to other events, call (703) 746-3274 or go to

Alexandria George Washington Birthday Celebration Schedule for 2020

Historic Alexandria sites “Open Houses”:  Admission is free to these sites on Parade Day in honor of the birthday of George Washington. For more information, please contact each individual site.

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum.  134 North Royal Street, Alexandria. Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact: Gadsby’s Tavern Museum – phone 703) 746-4242.

Friendship Firehouse Museum.  107 S. Alfred St., Alexandria. Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact: Friendship Firehouse Museum –
(phone (703) 838-3891.

The Lyceum.  201 S. Washington St.; Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Contact: The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum – phone (703) 838-4994.

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum.  105-107 S. Fairfax St.; Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Contact: Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, telephone (703) 746-3852.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Events Organized by the George Washington Masonic National Memorial.  For information about the following events, please go to or contact Shawn Eyer, Director of Communications, via e-mail at

Annual George Washington Symposium at 1:00 p.m., George Washington Symposium in the North Lodge Room. Speakers and program to be announced. Free.

Annual George Washington Birthday Gala. Attire: Formal (White Tie Optional.) Tickets $200, reservations required. Reception at 5:30 p.m., entertainment in the Memorial Theater at 6:45 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 for the Gala are $200, and may be purchased at website,


The committee maintains a 24-hour phone line that will report any change of status or the cancellation of any event (in case of inclement weather, for instance). Call the EVENTS HOTLINE (703) 829-6640 at any time.

Mt. Vernon  February 17, 2020, 9 am – 5 pm

Celebrate the first president of the United States on the most exciting day of the year! Admission is free! Timed tickets for Mansion tours will be distributed upon entry. 

Witness a presidential tribute and a wreathlaying at the Washington’s Tomb. During the Official Observance Ceremony of George Washington’s Birthday, listen to remarks given by Doug Bradburn, president & CEO of Mount Vernon, as well as the Old Guard provide a gun salute to the first president.

Watch Continental soldiers of the Commander-in-Chief’s Guard conduct a marching drill, fire their guns, and charge at their enemy in an exciting military demonstration on the bowling green. After the smoke clears, listen to the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps play patriotic music.

Listen to the Washington family share stories about past celebrations of the General’s birthday, including the first public celebration and the gathering during the winter encampment at Valley Forge.

All day long, pose like George Washington in front of our life-sized version of Gilbert Stuart’s Lansdowne painting in the Education Center Lobby.

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