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Celebrates George Washington’s Birthday Events


Feb 19, 2017

Source: Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association

On February 20, timed tickets for Mansion tours will be distributed upon entry.

WHEN: February 20, 2017 from 10 am to 5 pm

WHERE: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway Mount Vernon, VA 22121

Monday, February 20, 2017

Time Event Location
All Day #PoseLikeThePrez Selfies Education Center Lobby
10AM – 10:30AM Presidential Tribute and Wreath-Laying The Tomb
10AM-4PM Washington Library Open House Library
10:30AM – 11AM Official Observance Ceremony of George Washington’s Birthday Bowling Green
11AM – 1PM Character Performances Upper Garden & Interpretive Center
11AM – 5PM Create a Birthday Card for General Washington Hands-on-History Center
11:15AM – 11:45AM Special Military Demonstration Bowling Green
12PM – 3PM Hickory Syrup Tastings from Falling Bark Farm Vaughan Lobby
1PM – 1:30PM Musical Salute to the First President Bowling Green
2PM – 2:30PM Character Performances Bowling Green
2PM – 4PM Book Signing: Thomas B. Allen Vaughan Lobby
2:30PM – 3:30PM Birthday Cake with “General Washington” Bowling Green
3PM – 3:30PM Public Wreath-Laying The Tomb
3PM – 5PM Book Signing: Stephen McLeod & Susan Schoelwer Vaughan Lobby

Alexandria, VA Celebrates George Washington’s Birthday With More Than a Dozen Events in February
January 18, 2017
Claire Mouledoux: CMouledoux@VisitAlexVA.com or 703-652-5367
Leah Spellman, APR: LSpellman@VisitAlexVA.com or 703-652-5363
Joseph Shumard: jshumard@washingtonbirthday.net or 703-408-4483 (voice/text)

Alexandria, VA Celebrates George Washington’s Birthday With More Than a Dozen Events throughout February

Alexandria, VA— Thousands will join in the revelry for the 285th 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 16 festive events, including the George Washington Birthday Parade, a Cherry Challenge among Alexandria’s best restaurants, free admission to historic sites, popular walking tours, and an 18th-century banquet and ball.

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.

For complete event information, visit www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com/GWbday.

2017 Schedule of Events:


George Washington Birthday Parade – February 20, 2017, 1-3 p.m.
The nation’s largest George Washington Birthday parade marches a one-mile route through the streets of Old Town Alexandria. With nearly 3,500 participants, this community parade honors one of the Alexandria’s favorite sons. Grand Marshal: Retired Police Chief Earl Cook. Special guest: Olympic silver medal winner, boxer Shakur Stevenson. For information about participating units, parking, maps, route and status, go to www.washingtonbirthday.net or call 703-829-6640. In case of weather cancellation, the parade will be held on June 3, 2017. FREE


Cherry Challenge – January 29-February 12, 2017

18th Century Dance Classes – February 2nd, 9th and 16th 2017, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Winter Warmer Tea at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum – February 5, 2017, 3 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. seatings

Walking with Washington Tours – Every Sunday in February 2017 (5th, 12th, 19th & 26th) at 2 p.m.
Walk in George Washington’s footsteps through his hometown of historic Alexandria and view some of the sites connected to the General, like where he filled his prescriptions or wined and dined with important Alexandrians. Meet at the Alexandria Visitor Center (221 King St.) FREE

Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the Revolution – February 20, 2017, 11 a.m.-noon
Join the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Sons of the American Revolution as they host colonial military and civilians to honor the soldiers of the Revolution at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House. FREE

George Washington’s Birthnight Banquet & Ball – Saturday, February 18, 2017, 5:30-11 p.m.

Revolutionary War Reenactment at Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site – February 19, 2017, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Wonders of Science – February 19, 2017, 1-4 p.m.

Historic Alexandria Open Houses – February 20, 2017, times vary
In honor of George Washington’s birthday, admission is free at these historic Alexandria sites: Friendship Firehouse Museum, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum and The Lyceum: Alexandria’s History Museum. FREE

Breakfast & Meeting of the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association – February 20, 2017, 9-10:30 a.m.
Sponsored by the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association, this annual tradition at The Alexandrian, Autograph Collection features “George Washington’s” first appearance of the day plus an address by retired Four-Star General John H. Tilelli, the awarding of the prestigious Ben Lynt Award and a hearty breakfast. Tickets: $35. Ticket information at www.friendshipfire.net or at 703-751-6416.

Mount Vernon Open House – February 20, 2017, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Enjoy free admission at George Washington’s beloved home, the most visited historic estate in the United States. Observe the traditional wreath laying ceremony at Washington’s tomb, hear patriotic music and delight in a meet and greet with the General, who roams the grounds all day. FREE

Armed Forces Community Covenant Ceremony – February 20, 2017, 11-12:30 p.m.
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

Lecture: George Washington, America’s Foremost Entrepreneur – February 22, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
The United States was conceived in business, founded on business, and operated as a business—all because of the entrepreneurial mind of the greatest American businessman of any generation: George Washington. Using Washington’s extensive but often overlooked financial papers, Edward G. Lengel, Chief Historian of the White House Historical Association, chronicles the fascinating and inspiring story of how this self-educated man built the Mount Vernon estate into a vast, multilayered enterprise and prudently managed meager resources to win the war of independence. Lengel’s book, “First Entrepreneur,” will transform how Americans think about George Washington and how his success in commercial enterprise influenced and guided the emerging nation. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. $12 per person or $10 for Society members and volunteers. Book signing to follow lecture.

George Washington Symposium at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial – February 25, 2017, 1-3:00 p.m.
The theme of the 2017 George Washington Symposium is George Washington and the Northern Virginia Frontier, 1732 to 1775. The symposium will take place Saturday, February 25, 2017, as part of the Memorial’s celebration of Washington’s Birthday. The lectures begin at 1 p.m. in the North Lodge Room. 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. Mark Tabbert, the Memorial’s director of collections, serves as the symposium’s master of ceremonies. Admission is free, and free parking is available. Attendees are asked to preregister via http://bit.ly/101Callahan. Registrants will receive periodic news from the Memorial, as well as a complimentary gift upon attendance. FREE

Annual Birthday Gala at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial – February 25, 2017, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Black tie. 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. $125; reservations required.

The most up-to-date information about related celebrations can be found on www.washingtonbirthday.net. The George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee also 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 at 703-829-6640.

Within eyesight of Washington, DC on the Potomac River waterfront, Alexandria, Virginia is nationally recognized for its acclaimed, chef-driven restaurants, bustling boutiques and dynamic arts set against a backdrop of 18th- and 19th-century architecture still intact from its days as George Washington’s hometown. Old Town Alexandria hums with a cosmopolitan feel and a walkable lifestyle—a hidden gem tucked beneath the nation’s capital.

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