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!

Friendship Firehouse Museum in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Free Tours of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum and Other Historic Alexandria Museums

On Monday, February 20, 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. The Parade’s Grand Marshal will be Retired Police Chief Earl Cook, and the special guest is Olympic silver medal winner boxer Shakur Stevenson. For information about participating units, parking, maps, route and status, visit this link or call 703.829.6640.

The same day, several Historic Alexandria sites will celebrate by hosting special open houses with free admission. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal Street, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105-107 South Fairfax Street, and the Friendship Firehouse Museum, 107 South Alfred Street, will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 South Washington Street, will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors may tour these historic sites at no charge on this day.

How did George Washington celebrate his birthday in the ballroom of Gadsby’s Tavern? What was considered luxurious for overnight accommodations in the 18th century? Visitors to Gadsby’s Tavern Museum will find out at the very place George Washington dined and danced.

Visitors to the Apothecary, which opened in 1796, will see its unique collection of herbs and botanicals, while discovering the important role the Apothecary played in early Alexandria. Among the featured display items will be a note from Martha Washington.

At the Friendship Firehouse, first built in 1855 and remodeled in 1871, see hand-drawn fire engines, leather water buckets, axes, sections of early rubber hose and other historic firefighting equipment. The Friendship Fire Company, established in 1774, was Alexandria’s first volunteer fire company and dates to Washington’s time.

 At The Lyceum, visitors can view the new exhibition “Alexandria’s Nurses and Hospitals During the Civil War.” Visitors can also see the recently opened exhibit “The Lyceum: 175 Years of Local History” and the permanent exhibit “Building a Community: Alexandria Past to Present.”

For more information about these events, visit this link.

John F. Kennedy Forever Stamp

The U.S. Postal Service will commemorate the centennial of President John F. Kennedy’s birth on President’s Day by dedicating a Forever stamp in his honor at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.

The 10 a.m. February 20 Presidents Day ceremony, free and open to the public, will kick off the 6th Annual Presidents Day Family Festival. There is a fee to enter the library and museum to attend the festival. Children 17 years old and under are free.

The stamp features a 1960 photograph by Ted Spiegel of Kennedy campaigning for president in Seattle. The artwork accompanying the stamp, showing Kennedy in a reflective pose, is a 1970 oil painting by Aaron Shikler (courtesy of the White House / White House Historical Association). The Forever stamp, available only at the event on Presidents Day, will be available nationwide in Post Offices February 21. In late January, customers may pre-order the stamps for delivery after February 21 at usps.com/shop. The public is asked to share the news using the hashtag #JFKStamps.

“Our family is honored that the Postal Service is commemorating my grandfather with this stamp,” said Jack Schlossberg, grandson of John F. Kennedy. “As we mark the centennial of his birth, we hope that the stamp will be an enduring symbol of President Kennedy’s call for service, innovation, and inclusion, and his belief that we each have the power to make this world a better place.”

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DASH ALERT: Saturday Schedule on Snow Routes for Mon., Feb. 15

Today, Monday, February 15, Presidents Day, DASH is operating on a SATURDAY schedule with SNOW ROUTE DETOURS in effect that may experience possible delays.

DASH Snow Routes:

The King Street Trolley will operate on a regular schedule every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. until 10:15 p.m. As weather or road conditions change, you will be notified of any changes to DASH service.

Please refer to the DASH Ride Guide for routes and schedules.

As readers know, thousands will join in the revelry for the 284th anniversary of George Washington’s birth in his hometown of Alexandria, Virginia. The nation’s largest George Washington Birthday parade, happening Monday, February 15 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., 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.

There will be road closures in force for this event. Roads east of Washington Street, between Franklin and Princess Streets, will be closed from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Monday (see below). Expect delays in the southeast/southwest neighborhoods in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

For more information, visit the Washington Birthday Parade online.

GW Parade Route 2015

2014 George Washington Birthday Classic in Alexandria, Virginia
George Washington Birthday Classic cancelled due to extreme cold weather

For the 2nd consecutive year, the annual George Washington Birthday Classic 10K & 2K fun run, part of the celebration of George Washington’s Birthday each President’s Day weekend, has been cancelled due to the really unsafe subzero wind chills that are due to hit our area on Sunday.

From race organizers:

“Due to the extreme cold temperatures forecast for Race Day the George Washington Classic 10-K Race (and 2-K Fun Run) has been cancelled for Sunday, February 14, 2016. Even though no precipitation is forecast, the combination of some wind and very cold temperatures may be dangerous for our runners. Although we are not able to offer refunds to our runners, we are able to offer tickets (a $50 value!) to all registered runners to the George Washington Patriot Run being held at Mount Vernon on September 16, 2016. We will provide more information on this new race (the first ever to be held on the grounds of Mount Vernon Estate) within the next several weeks.

Please contact Joseph Shumard if you have questions or concerns.”

Virginia ABC logo

It will be business as usual for Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) stores on Presidents’ Day. Virginia ABC retail outlets will be open regular hours on Monday, Feb. 15.

With a total of eight hailing from the commonwealth, more U.S. presidents were born in Virginia than any other state in the union. To celebrate our native leaders, customers are encouraged to try one of the more than 100 Virginia-made distilled spirits and wines Virginia ABC carries.

A searchable list of Virginia ABC’s 357 stores—including brands and quantities of spirits available at each location—can be found on the agency’s updated website.

Virginia ABC encourages customers to celebrate Presidents’ Day responsibly, and never drink and drive.

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