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The Annual Friendship Firehouse Festival

The Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association (FVFEA) holds its annual Firehouse Festival each year on the first Saturday in August. The popular family event features antique fire apparatus, craft booths, displays by Alexandria merchants, and live music.

First Saturday in August

In addition to the day's outdoor events, festival participants will enjoy visiting the Friendship Firehouse Museum, originally built as a firehouse in 1855.

The FVFEA is now a philanthropic organization focusing on fire-fighting history and fire safety.  It remains active in community events, including the annual Festival, and supports historic preservation of the building and its collection.

Food and beverages are available. Children will receive free fire helmets and are treated to a supervised visit inside the City's fire trucks. For more information, call 703.746.3891.


Friendship Firehouse Festival 2009

Street Scene
Street Scene

Inside the Engine Room
Inside the Engine Room

Kids With Fire Hoses
Kids with Fire Hoses

Antique Hose Reels
Antique Hose Reels

Vice Mayor Kerry Donley cutting the cake
Vice Mayor Kerry Donley Cuts the Cake

Street Scene with Vendors
Street Scene with Vendors

Friendship Firehouse Festival 2007

Antique Hose Reels, 2007 
Face (or arm) painting 
Inside the Engine Room, 2007 Festival 
Street Scene, 2007 
Looking out from the Meeting Roomg  
Souvenir Helmets and Balloons 

Friendship Firehouse Festival 2006

The Museum 
City Manager Jim Hartmann cutting the cake 
Driving the antique fire truck 
Kids with a modern fire engine 
Antique fire truck 
Entertainment by The Lump Dog Band 

Friendship Firehouse Festival 2002

Putting out a fire 
Street scene, 2002 
Exploring a modern fire engine 
Antique Fire Engine 
Inside a truck 
Alexandria Fire EMS Friendship 

Friendship Firehouse Festival 2000

Antique Fire Apparatus 
Exploring a modern fire engine, 2000 
Children examining the Rodgers Hand Pumper 
Trying on fire gear, and receiving a souvenir helmet 
Kids from a local preschool, with fire helmets 
A Dalmatian, the typical fire station mascot