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George Washington Birthday Celebration!

Northern Virginia is fortunate to be home to George Washington, Revolutionary War hero and the first President of the United States, just some of 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 2018 is below.

Alexandria Celebrates Washington’s Birthday throughout February!

The “Cherry Challenge”

The “Cherry Challenge” is 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 below and the winners will be announced on Parade Day.  Dates: January 28 through February 11, 2018.  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. Dates: Every Sunday in February (4th, 11th, 18th, & 25th, 2018).  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.

18th Century Dance Classes

In preparation for the Birthnight Ball, learn 18th-century English country dancing from expert dance instructors. Dates: Dates & Times to be determined. Location: Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St.; phone: (703) 746-4242.   To register, go to:

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 17, 2018 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.  Status: for status information go to or call (703) 829-6640.

Alexandria George Washington Birthday Celebration Schedule for 2018

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 18, 2018; 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, go to:  Status: for status information go to or call (703) 829-6640.


Parade Day!
Monday February 19, 2018

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: $35.  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.
Status: 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

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 Town Alexandria.  Grand Marshal: To be announced.  Status: 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 here, 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 2018

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

George Washington’s Birthday – Thursday, February 22, 2018

“I Cannot Tell A Lie: Myths about George Washington that Should be Discarded”

Abigail Adams said that truth was George Washington’s best eulogy. Professor Peter Henriques examines a number of the various myths that have developed and which keep us from better understanding the remarkable individual who was our first and greatest president.  Doors open at 7 p.m., lecture begins at 7:30.

Tickets: $12 per person or $10 for Society members and volunteers. Location: Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St.; phone: (703) 746-4242

Saturday, February 24, 2018

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 $125, 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 $125, and may be purchased at website,

Visit for the most up to date information by the George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee.

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.


Dulles Matters: New Road Rules in the Dulles Corridor

By Rob Yingling

Dulles Airport passengers should take note of new rules affecting roadway travel between the airport and downtown Washington, D.C. Prior to December, drivers on airport business could use I-66 east of the Capital Beltway at all times without restriction. But new rules introduced by the Virginia Department of Transportation now require E-ZPass in vehicles on I-66 eastbound during the morning rush (5:30 – 9:30 a.m.) and westbound during the evening rush (3 – 7 p.m.).

All drivers on I-66, including Dulles Airport passengers, are subject to the posted tolls unless they have at least two people in the car and an E-ZPass Flex set to “HOV” mode. Most taxis and rideshares are equipped with a flex transponder, avoiding the tolls for their riders. Rental car customers should check with their rental agency to learn which toll payment options are offered with their vehicle. During non-rush periods, I-66 is open to traffic, free of charge or the need for E-ZPass. More information is available at

One rule that hasn’t changed involves the Dulles Airport Access Highway between the beltway and Dulles Airport. The highway remains toll-free and is for airport passengers and business only.


Live More Communte Less: Focus!

Try it…you’ll like it!  That’s the…er…focus…of DATA’s Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation’s Live More Commute Less: FOCUS! grant which is building a “Believe It!” community of Reston residents, employers, and employees who are interested in using Capital Bikeshare, their own two-wheels (unicycles and tricycles, too!) or even their feet to traverse the “last mile” to the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station.

To encourage biking or walking to Metro,  DATA recently mailed a SmarTrip card and free Capital Bikeshare coupons to select members of the community – now numbering over 250 “believers” enlisted through various events and activities held since July – and invited each recipient to share a selfie taking advantage of their non-SOV (Single Occupant Vehicle) commuting choice.

Commuters submitting photos were entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card to the Bike Lane, a Live More Commute Less Believe It t-shirt, and various logoedbiking-related goodies.

The winner was Jay Paull, who obviously made good use of his SmarTrip card to take transit…encouraging everyone to discover how not driving alone can save time and money, thus giving you more life to live.  Jay’s smiling face is proof positive!  DATA also shared his story on social media.

For more information on upcoming events and contests or to join the “Believe It” community, contact Grant Manager Sarah McGowan at


Fairfax County Board of Supervisors celebrates a record 16 Best Workplaces for Commuters

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors celebrated a record 16 local employers for their recognition as Best Workplaces for Commuters, at the December Board Meeting. To achieve this standard of excellence employers must provide an array of commuting options to their staff and apply for recognition through the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research. The Fairfax County Commuter Services (FCCS) team appreciates the significant impact recipients can and do have in reducing congestion, and supports them by sponsoring their applications and through efforts to bolster eligibility.  FCCS and the employers partner to provide commuters with options like:

Guaranteed Ride Home: This service is provided through a partnership of local transportation entities (like FCCS) called Commuter Connections. Through this program commuters who regularly (twice a week) carpool, vanpool, bike, walk or take transit to work, can receive a FREE ride home when an emergency arises. The service can be used up to four times per year and can empower employees to try new commuting options.

Financial Incentives: The Commuter Benefits program is an IRS compliant platform that allows employers to provide staff with an opportunity to assign pre-tax income directly to a SmarTrip card, for use Metrobus, Metrorail and Fairfax Connector buses. FCCS supports individuals trying transit for the first time, through their employer’s Commuter
Benefits program, with a program called Plu$50, which provides them with a SmarTrip card free of cost and preloaded with
50 dollars!

Ridesharing: Individuals who commuter to, through or from Fairfax County can use their free, online Commuter Connections account to find partners to carpool or vanpool with, based on commute origins and/or destinations. Fairfax County also provides individual ridematching assistance through RideSources which can be reached here: (703) 877-5900.

Vanpool: FCCS works with the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation to provide employees in Fairfax County access to temporary funding for vanpools. The VanStart program funds empty seats during the critical start-up period, while
additional riders are recruited. The VanSave program partially funds existing vanpools experiencing problems due to loss of riders.

Teleworking: Employers in Fairfax County can receive cost-free assistance from FCCS and TeleworkVA! to create, formalize or expand telework (or work-from-home) programs or to leverage any relevant and available tax credits.

Corporate Bikeshare memberships: The Fairfax County Department of Transportation is proud to have recently launched Bikeshare in Reston and Tysons! The County currently has 17 stations and will add more in South Reston in the spring of 2018. Bikeshare provides easy, flexible and affordable transportation from point A to point B (meaning that one can leave a bike in a different location from where it was picked up), making it ideal for lunches, meetings and errand and memberships can be used region-wide, in all Capital Bikeshare systems.  Employers in Fairfax County have the opportunity to purchase reduced-cost corporate memberships for their staff.

Over the last seven years, 79 employers, large and small, private and public, have been recognized County-wide.

This year’s recipients are: 

Ace Info Solutions Inc.

Avenir Place

Avizia Inc.

Creative Systems and Consulting LLC

eTrans Systems

Farm Credit Administration

Foxhole Technology

Gabriel Marketing Group

H2 CFO Consulting

K Force Government Solutions, Inc. (KGS)


New Oasis International Education

Open Technology Group


SOS International


If you are interested in bringing these and other commuting options to your workplace, or believe that your office may qualify as a Best Workplace for Commuters, contact Fairfax County Commuter Services for free consultation and support: (703) 877-5600.

Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) ensures nondiscrimination in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). To request this information in an alternate format, contact FCDOT at 703-877-5600, TTY 711.


Charity Matters: INMED Family & Youth Opportunity Center: Creating Avenues for Success in Communities at Risk

When children live in poverty and in unstable environments, they live at risk. They become vulnerable to drugs, crime and an incomplete education, eventually perpetuating the cycle of poverty as adults. In the Northern Virginia area, many children are living in just such an environment. In parts of Sterling, an average of 6 in 10 children are economically disadvantaged, and the number of at-risk youths is also on the rise. For many of these children, there is no affordable option for after-school activities, leaving them without supervision and more vulnerable to crime and delinquency. Their parents often lack skills that can help them provide a more stable home for their children.

The INMED Family & Youth Opportunity Center provides educational services and resources that families need to raise healthy, responsible and resilient children, while building a sense of community and achieving economic self-sufficiency. INMED accomplishes these milestones via three program areas:

After School Academic Enrichment and Summer Day Camp: Offering daily homework completion, individualized tutoring and a roster of STEAM-related educational and extra-curricular activities for referred students.

Healthy Families Loudoun and Homelessness Prevention: Providing consistent home visiting and support services to help families address parenting challenges, and build economic sustainability to maintain permanent housing.

Workforce Skills Development: Offering entrepreneurial workshops and career-support resources in preparation for INMED’s biannual job fairs, which feature an array of industry recruiters actively pursuing employable candidates.

Please consider supporting INMED financially or volunteering at the Opportunity Center. Visit or email Cecilia Capece, Executive Director, at for more details.