The City of Alexandria celebrates its own birthday and the USA’s each year on a Saturday following the 4th of July. The annual event includes children’s activities, a concert performed by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, birthday cake and a fireworks extravaganza. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase.
Date and Time
July 7, 2018, 6-10 p.m.
Oronoco Bay Park, 100 Madison St., along the Potomac River between Fairfax, Pendleton and Madison Streets. See a map and directions.
Available at Simpson Properties Garage, 700 North Fairfax Street; Carr America, 44 Canal Center Plaza; and Trammell Crow Company, 601 North Fairfax Street. Old Town Alexandria is accessible by DASH transit lines AT #2 and #5. Read more about parking in Alexandria
Schedule of Activities
- 6:00 p.m. Performance by the U. S. Navy Band Commodore
- 7:30 p.m. The Town Crier Announces Mayor Allison Silberberg, Poetry Reading by Wendi R. Kaplan, Alexandria Poet Laureate
- 8 p.m. Birthday Cake
- 8:30 p.m. Performance by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra
- 9:30 p.m. Fireworks display
For more information, visit the Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association at the Alexandria Visitors Center at Ramsay House, 221 King Street or call the special events hotline at (703) 746-5592.
Alexandria was founded in 1749 and was one of the busiest ports in America. It was the hometown of George Washington and Robert E. Lee. The City of Alexandria was home to both the largest slave-trading firm in the country and a large free-black community. During the Civil War, Alexandria was an occupied city; enduring the longest military occupation by Union troops of any town during the conflict.