This parade in Old Town Alexandria is "The largest Parade Celebrating Washington’s Birthday in the USA!" The parade dates back to at least 1923 and features bands, floats, wagons, horses, historic reenactment units, youth groups, and special performances.
Date and Time: Monday, February 20, 2017, 1-3 p.m.
Parade Route: The George Washington Birthday Parade starts at the intersection of Gibbon and S.
Fairfax streets. The reviewing stand is located near City Hall’s Market Square, at the intersection of King and Royal streets, and ends at Wilkes and S. Royal streets. See a map of Alexandria, VA.
Transportation and Parking: Free DASH shuttle bus service will take you downtown and back from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Free King Street Trolley will also be in operation all day until 11 p.m. from the King St-Old Town Metro station. There are many parking garages within the vicinity of the parade route. See a guide to parking lots in Old Town Alexandria.
Free Admission to Historic Alexandria Sites
Throughout President's Day, several Historic Alexandria sites will have Open Houses offering free admission. Those sites include the following:
- George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., 703-780-2000
- The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 210 S. Washington Street (703) 838-4994
- Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. (703) 838-4242
- Friendship Firehouse Museum, 107 S. Alfred St., Alexandria. (703) 838-3891
- Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria. (703) 838-4242
- Stabler-Leadbeather Apothecary Museum, 105-107 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria. (703) 836-3713
- Lee-Fendall House Museum, 614 Oronoco St., Alexandria. (703) 548-1789
- Historic Christ Church, 614 Oronoc St., Alexandria. (703) 549-1450
The George Washington Birthday Parade is one of the many Presidents' Day events in the Washington, DC area.