Painting of President George Washington Inauguration

Today, on President’s Day, we honor the nation’s first president, George Washington, who was born on February 22, 1732 and all persons who have served as president.

The nation’s largest George Washington Birthday parade, happening from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM TODAY, marches a one-mile route through the streets of Old Town Alexandria. With nearly 3,500 participants, this community parade honors one of the city’s favorite sons.

Speaking of George Washington, here’s a transcript of his first Inaugural address from April 30, 1789.

See you at the parade!

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Celebrate George Washington’s 285th Birthday in Alexandria, Virginia

Thousands of folks attend the annual George Washington Birthday Parade in Alexandria, Virginia, the largest and oldest in the country celebrating our Founding Father. The parade winds its way through a one-mile route along the historic streets of Old Town. If you have NEVER been to the parade, below you’ll find a good video report from WJLA 7 of  2013’s parade. The parade is Monday, February 20 in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

For a full list of events surrounding the George Washington Birthday celebration, visit this link.

Here’s What You Need to Know to Enjoy The Parade

  • Get to the parade route EARLY if you’re there between 11:00-11:30am, you should get a good seat.
  • IMHO, the best viewing is near the reviewing stand which is located at King Street and Royal Street on the west side of City Hall.
  • East/West streets in lower Old Town as well as streets where the assembly takes place will be closed at 10:00am @ Washington Street  (e.g. Prince Street, Cameron Street, Queen Street, King Street, Duke Street, etc.) at Pitt Street. See the parade route at this link.
  • You can find real-time parking information at this link.
  • King Street Trolley will be running from the King Street Metro Station to Washington Street.
  • DASH Bus will be running a FREE shuttle from the Eisenhower Ave Metro Station to Washington Street starting at 11:00am.

Hope to see you there!

Via Reuters, at Alexandria’s Historic Christ Church where George Washington worshipped, many Episcopalians say they think America’s first president would be ”appalled” by the divisive rhetoric that’s marked the 2016 presidential election campaign.

(H/T Susan)

2014 GW Birthday Parade
With a deteriorating winter storm forecast for Monday, February 15, 2016, the 2016 GW Birthday parade through Alexandria has been cancelled. This is the 2nd year in a row the parade has been cancelled due to bad weather.

Via Washington’s Birthday

All of us on the George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee have considered the common sense of weather or not to move forward with the Parade and have made the decision to cancel the George Washington Birthday Parade for Monday, February 15, 2016. This is due entirely to a deteriorating weather forecast which has gone from a 40% chance of precipitation a few days ago to a 90% chance of precipitation with a scenario that indicates snow overnight, sleet as the parade begins and freezing rain as our units would be heading home.

We thank all of the participating units, contributors, organizers and supporters and especially those in the City of Alexandria who work with us every year to make this such a special event. We will do it all again next year.

George Washington Birthday Parade (CREDIT - Tisara Photography for Visit Alexandria)

Image credit: Tisara Photography for Visit Alexandria

Alexandria Celebrates George Washington’s Birthday with Events Throughout February

Who’s ready to party like it’s 1732?

Thousands will join in the revelry for the 284th 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 more than a dozen festive events, including the George Washington Birthday Parade, a Cherry Challenge among Alexandria’s restaurants, free admission to historic sites, popular walking tours, 18th-century dance classes, and a 10K and 2K Fun Run.

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.

A FULL listing of events after the jump… Find event information at this link.

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Snowy day at George Washington's Mount Vernon in Virginia

Now through Sunday, January 31, we hear you can save 25% on adult & youth admission at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Just use the promo code SNOWDAY2016 when you purchase. You can purchase tickets at this link.

NOTE: This cannot be combined with other discounts or offers.

Please feel free to share this with your colleagues, friends, family, and more! 

(Photo via IIP Photo Archive, on Flickr)

The George Washington Masonic Temple
Towering over the hometown of George Washington, our first president, the George Washington Masonic National Memorial is a prominent fixture of the Alexandria, Virginia skyline. You can learn more about the history of the Memorial at this link.

I recently learned the answer to the following question and thought I’d make it into our first giveaway of 2016 – What’s the Inspiration for Design of the GW Masonic National Memorial?

As usual, our readers are far smarter than me. They started answering right away.


The answer can be found at this link.

Thomas C. was our chosen winner. Thanks to those who entered and thanks to ALL of our readers for supporting independent, hyperlocal, community-collaborative neighborhood news via Red Brick Town! (more…)

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