Thousands join in the revelry for the anniversary of George Washington’s birth in his hometown of Alexandria. The city celebrates the General’s birthday throughout the month of February with dozens of festivities. The annual George Washington Birthday Parade is the largest and the oldest in the country. The parade celebrates our Founding Father, as it winds its way along a historic one-mile route along the streets of Old Town.
Other exciting activities include free admission to historic sites, educational walking tours, 18th-century dance classes, wine tastings and a cherry-themed competition among local restaurants known as the “Cherry Challenge”.
Alexandria is bursting with historical sights and sounds! George Washington’s Mount Vernon is just eight miles south of historic Old Town, where he owned a townhouse in the city. More than 140 locations in present-day Alexandria are associated with the nation’s first president who made his mark on our countries’ history!
Car rental and hotels in and around Washington Dc and Alexandria VA
Alexandria is easily accessible by three major airports in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area:
1. Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) 2. Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
3. Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI)
Four bridges connect Washington, DC to Northern Virginia. From Downtown DC, use the 14th Street Bridge (Route 1/Route 395), the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Bridge (Route 50/Route 66), or the Arlington Memorial Bridge and follow signs to take the George Washington Memorial Parkway headed South. From Georgetown, use the Key Bridge and get on the George Washington Memorial Parkway headed South.
The parkway offers scenic views of the Potomac River and the Washington Monument. It becomes Washington Street in Alexandria and will take you through Old Town.
Hotels are as historically beautiful as they are abundant. The Old Town has a charm that will take you back in time. Some highly rated hotels include:
Hilton Alexandria Old Town 1767 King Street Alexandria, VA 22314 Phone: (703) 837-0440 Fax: (703) 837-0454
Sheraton Suites Alexandria 801 N. Saint Asaph Street Alexandria, VA 22314 Phone: (703) 836-4700 Fax: (703) 548-4514
Celebrate Texas style! –History, car rentals and hotels in and around Laredo TX
On February 22, 1898, the Indians and the white men engaged in a battle for control of Laredo, Texas. The defenders lost and the mayor presented the key of the city to the Great Chief Sachem as a sign of unconditional surrender. The Great Chief and Princess Pocahontas, who represented a vanishing race, celebrated with the reenactment of the “Boston Tea Party.” The annual celebration of George Washington’s Birthday became a tradition in Laredo, Texas. George Washington later served as “Sachem” and so his esteem was not limited to the United States.
The WBCA (Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association) continues the celebration tradition that will mark their 118th year in 2015! This annual celebration will take place February 12-th 23rd 2015. http://wbcalaredo.org/
The City of Laredo is the largest city in the County of Webb. Webb County also borders the State of Nuevo Leon and the State of Coahuila, Mexico which is northwest of the City of Laredo. Laredo International Airport 5210 Bob Bullock Loop Laredo, TX 78041
By Rental Car
Laredo is the U.S. principal port of entry into Mexico, located on the Pan American Highway. Laredo is served by Interstate Highway 35, U.S. Highways 59 and 83 and Texas Highway 359.A rental car is highly recommended for this patriotic trip. Go to https://booking.carrental8.com for President’s Day deals!
La Posada Hotel – The Official Hotel of the Washington’s Birthday Celebration 1000 Zaragoza Street Laredo, Texas 78040 Reservations Line: 800.444.2099 Hotel or Guests: 956.722.1701 http://laposada.com/
For more information on hotels visit: http://www.visitlaredo.com/visitor-home/accommodations/hotels/
Finally, if you look around you will find that many states, cities and towns honor the President’s Day tradition in various big and small ways. Keeping the honor of remembrance alive is one way we show our patriotism!
Some other venues for President’s Day include: Las Vegas, NV holds an annual Ice Hockey Tournament ; http://www.lasvegasice.com/HOCKEY/YOUTHTOURNAMENTS/PRESIDENTSDAY2015.aspx Orlando FL – Disney World holds an annual President’s Day Soccer festival;
Happy President’s Day!