George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee


Organize the celebration of the birth of George Washington in the City of Alexandria.


From the time of the Revolutionary War, the people of Alexandria have celebrated the birthday of George Washington. Thousands of our citizens participate in Celebration events every year. Whether through marching in parades, reenacting historic events, musical performances, or dancing at the birthnight ball, our citizens consider an annual remembrance of the Father of Our Country to be important and worthwhile.  The importance of Washington to Alexandria cannot be exaggerated; it is fair to say that Alexandria would not be what it is today without him. • The George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee was formed by the Alexandria City Council to organize the annual celebration. It's 19 members are appointed by City Council and represent the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, one other Veterans Organization, the Masonic Fraternity, the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, the Alexandria Jaycees, the Federation of Civic Associations, the Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society, the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the First Virginia Regiment of the Continental Line, and four Citizens of Alexandria at large. • The Committee organizes eight major events every February: "Walking with Washington" tours of sites associated with George Washington in Alexandria; the "Cherry Challenge" where participating Alexandria restaurants offer their own special cherry cocktail, entrée, and/or dessert during a one-week period in early February; the Birthnight Banquet and Ball held at Gadsby's Tavern Museum, a tradition that began in 1798 when Gen. and Mrs. Washington attended, featuring 18th-century English Country Dancing and period reenactors; the George Washington Classic 10-K Race, held the Sunday before the Parade; the Revolutionary War Reenactment held at Fort Ward Park featuring historic camp and tactical demonstrations throughout the day including a Revolutionary War skirmish between the Redcoats and the Colonial Army; the Armed Forces Community Ceremony held at Market Square the morning of the Parade honors our military; the "Parade Mile" race held on the footprint of the Parade only a few minutes before it begins; and the George Washington Birthday Parade, which dates back to 1800 and is the largest parade celebrating Washington's birthday in the USA! • The Committee also supports the many activities organized by others in celebration of Washington's birthday such as the Breakfast & Meeting of the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association; "Tea with Martha" at Gadsby's Tavern Museum; a Symposium and an Awards Banquet held at the George Washington Masonic Memorial; and the Historic Alexandria Open House on Parade Day where admission is free to Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Friendship Firehouse Museum, The Lyceum, Carlyle House, Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, and Christ Church. • We look to our community to continue to support the celebration through individual donations, corporate sponsorships, by participating, and as volunteers to help us stage our events.


Alexandria George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee 


809 Oronoco Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-2219

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