Friendship Firehouse Festival in Alexandria, Virginia

Learn About the History of Firefighting at the Community Event

Friendship Firehouse

The Friendship Firehouse Festival is a family event held each summer celebrating the role that firefighters have played throughout history. The festival, hosted by the historic Friendship Firehouse in Old Town Alexandria, features antique fire apparatus, craft booths, and displays by Alexandria merchants. Children receive free fire helmets and balloons and are treated to supervised visits where they can become “co-passengers” inside the City’s fire trucks.

Date and Time: August 6, 2016, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: South Alfred Street between Prince and King Streets. These streets will be closed off to traffic for the event. See a map of Alexandria

Admission: FREE

In addition to the outdoor festival events, the Friendship Firehouse Museum offers tours of its facility. The building was originally built as a firehouse in 1855, remodeled in 1871 and was restored to its original condition in 1992. The Engine Room on the first floor showcases historic fire-fighting equipment, including hand-drawn fire engines, leather water buckets, axes, and sections of early rubber hose.

The second floor houses exhibits on the Friendship Fire Company – known as “George Washington’s Fire Company” – which was Alexandria’s first fire company and has been a source of civic pride since its founding in 1774.

The Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association sponsors the festival each year on the first Saturday in August. The Friendship Fire Company is now a philanthropic organization that remains active in community events and is dedicated to preserving fire-fighting history and promoting fire safety.

Alexandria is a historic neighborhood on the Potomac waterfront in Northern Virginia that contains more than 4,200 historic buildings dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. It is a great destination for a day trip and there are plenty of attractions and activities to entertain the whole family. See also, Top 10 Things to Do in Alexandria