Most folks probably could never guess where the largest celebration of George Washington’s birthday is held. Believe it or not, it is staged each year in the border city of Laredo, Texas. True enough, Laredo is hardly the first thing that comes to mind when Americans think of their first president. However, it is Laredo that throws the largest and oldest Washington Birthday Celebration.
Founded in 1898, this month-long celebration attracts over 400,000 visitors each year. Over the years, the event has grown to include a variety of entertainment and activities. This year’s celebration is scheduled to include parades, concerts, fireworks displays, a carnival, fun run, BBQ cookoff and more. In short, there really is something for everyone at this “international celebration of a traditionally American holiday.”
The 2017 Washington’s Birthday Celebration is set to kick off Jan. 17 with the Commander’s Reception and will conclude Feb. 19 with the HEB Fireworks Extravaganza. Some of the highlights sandwiched in between include: American Historical Theatre George Washington Performance (Feb. 8), Comedy Jam for George (Feb. 10), Founding Fathers’ 5K Fun Run & Health Fair (Feb. 11), LCC Family Fun Fest and Musicale (Feb. 11), Princess Pocahontas Pageant and Ball (Feb. 11), WBCA Stars and Stripes Air Show Spectacular (Feb.
12), Jalapeno Festival (Feb. 17), The Society of Martha Washington Colonial Pageant & Ball (Feb. 17) and the Anheuser-Busch Washington’s Birthday Parade (Feb. 18).
In addition to the events listed above, there is an ongoing carnival held throughout the Washington Birthday Celebration, as well as a number of other events held each weekend.
From start to finish, Laredo's Washington Birthday Celebration is packed with family-friendly entertainment. Since the celebration lasts an entire month, there is plenty of time to schedule a visit to Laredo and take part in the festivities. And, although it may seem odd for the largest celebration of George Washington to be held along the Texas/Mexico border, visitors to this annual, month-long celebration can attest that it is a one-of-a-kind event well worth visiting.
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