2016 Celebration Events

the most up-to-date information about any Celebration Event is published on this website.

The committee maintains a 24-hour phone line that will report any change of status or the cancellation of any event. Call the EVENTS HOTLINE (703) 829-6640 at any time.

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 http://www.dashbus.com/ 

Alexandria Celebrates Washington's Birthday throughout February

"Walking with Washington"
Did you know that there are over 140 places in Alexandria today that are associated with George Washington?  This tour is designed to show you some of them and improve your knowledge of Washington and Alexandria, his home town.
  Every Sunday in February (7th, 14th, 21st, & 28th, 2016)
Time:  2 p.m. (tour lasts about one hour)
  Meet at the Ramsay House Visitors Center, 221 King St, Alexandria 22314 (northeast corner of King and N. Fairfax Streets).
Ticket Price:   Free! Advance reservations not required.
  for status see the Status section of this website or call (703) 829-6640.

George Washington's Birthday
Monday, February 22, 2016
8:00 a.m., Wreath Laying at the Tomb of Washington at Mount Vernon by Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22. For information, please go to http://gwmemorial.org.

"An Extraordinary Young Man:
The Early Years of George Washington"
Relatively little is known about George Washington's youth, and it has led to many myths and misrepresentations. Professor Henriques will closely examine what we do know about George Washington's first 21 years of life. While no one could have imagined the unique role that he was to play in our nation's founding, Professor Henriques demonstrates that Washington was no ordinary young man.
Date:  Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Time:  7:30 p.m.  Location:  Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal Street, Alexandria.
Ticket Price:  $12 per person or $10 for Society members and volunteers. 
To register, go to:  http://www.alexandriava.gov/GadsbysTavern
Site Contact:  Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, telephone (703) 746-4242.

Events at the George Washington Masonic Memorial
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Organized by the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. For information about the following events, please go to http://gwmemorial.org.

10:00 a.m., National Historic Landmark Unveiling Ceremony, just outside the Memorial’s entrance, followed by an optional special tour of the Memorial. 

1:00 p.m., George Washington Symposium. “From Relics to Repositories: Preserving George Washington’s Legacy Yesterday and Today.” Speakers: Carol Borchert Cadou, Senior Vice President for Historic Preservation & Collections at George Washington’s Mount Vernon; Martha Custis Peter, sixth-generation granddaughter of Martha Washington; Timothy K. Winkle, Curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.—North Lodge Room. Free.

5:30 p.m., Annual Birthday Gala. Black tie. Tickets $125, reservations required. Reception at 5:30, 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, http://gwmemorial.org. For more information contact Shawn Eyer, Director of Communications, via e-mail at seyer@gwmemorial.org.