Celebrate George Washington’s Birthday
In honor of the 286th anniversary of his birth, the Office of Historic Alexandria celebrates Alexandria's most famous resident with five unique events.
● February 1, 8, 15 -- Birthnight Ball Dance Classes, Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Prepare for the February 17 Birthnight Ball by learning 18th century English country dancing from expert instructors. Cost: $12 per class or $30 for the series. Reservations recommended: visit alexandriava.gov/Shop or call 703.746.4242.
● February 17 -- Annual George Washington Birthnight Banquet and Ball, Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., 5:30 p.m. You are invited to the recreation of this famous celebration of Washington's Birthday in 1799. The evening includes an 18th-century banquet, English country dancing, dessert collation, character re-enactors, and General and Mrs. George Washington. Period costume optional, "after-five" attire encouraged. Cost: $125 per ticket. $150 per person includes: dinner in the same room with the President and Mrs. Washington, or $250 per person to share the same dinner table with the Washingtons. Reservations required: online at alexandriava.gov/Shop or by calling 703.746.4242. Please note this event is sold out.
● February 18 -- Revolutionary War Day, Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn about the army life and fighting tactics of Revolutionary War soldiers in this annual Fort Ward Park event. The program features a Colonial encampment, and a tactical skirmish between British and Colonial troops at 2 p.m. Free.
● February 19 -- Presidents' Day Open Houses, (Multiple Sites), 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. On February 19, the day of the George Washington Birthday Parade, several Historic Alexandria sites will be hosting special open houses with free admission. The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105-107 S. Fairfax St., and the Friendship Firehouse Museum, 107 South Alfred St., will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and The Lyceum, Alexandria's History Museum, 201 S. Washington St., will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On this day, visitors will enjoy free tours at these historic sites.
● February 22 -- Lecture: I Cannot Tell a Lie: Myths about George Washington that Should be Discarded, Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 7:30 p.m. Professor Peter Henriques examines several of the myths that have developed and which keep us from better understanding our first President. Cost: $12 per person or $10 for Society members and volunteers. Reservations are recommended. Make them online at alexandriava.gov/Shop or by calling 703.746.4242.