Presidents’ Day is usually marked by huge retail sales, public ceremonies and celebrations across the country. But Washington DC and Alexandria VA, the birthplace of Washington still throw the biggest and most unique celebrations of them all! In fact in and around Washington DC this annual celebration is commemorated with numerous ways to remember the past and how our country was forged through ideals of freedom and equality.
The streets of DC hold so much history of the formation of this country, and each year you can walk them like our forefathers before us to relive the past. Restaurants and bars jump on the band wagon to celebrate with cherry themed food and drinks to honor Washington’s association to the sweet and tart fruit.
Below are just some of the events that are celebrated each year in Washington DC and Alexandria VA, for a complete list of the events with all the details visit: http://www.washingtonbirthday.net/events
With so much to do and see, getting to all the events definitely requires a rental car. Driving directions can be found on all of the event websites. Parking is easy and in most cases free. For exceptional rental car deals in and around the Washington DC and Alexandria area visit: https://booking.carrental8.com
George Washington Birthday Parade “The largest parade celebrating Washington’s birthday in the USA!” With the inspirational sounds of the revolutionary band playing, while being decked out in the century clothing, it’s literally like taking a step back in time. Date: Momday February 16th 2015 Time: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Old Town Alexandria (703) 829-6640.
“Walking with Washington” This tour is designed to improve your knowledge of Washington and Alexandria, his home town. Stroll down and learn little known facts about Washington’s life and his influence on our country. Dates: Every Sunday in February (1st, 8th, 15th, & 22nd, 2015) Time: 2 p.m. (tour lasts about one hour) Location: Meet at the Ramsay House Visitors Center (near the intersection of King & Fairfax Streets)
Ticket Price: Free! Advance reservations not required. (703) 829-6640.
18th Century Dance Classes In preparation for the Birth-night Ball, learn 18th-century English country dancing from expert dance instructors. Learn more and register for classes at www.shop.alexandriava.gov Time: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Location: Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. www.gadsbystavern.org
Laredo Texas celebrates President’s Day with a style all their own! Laredo Texas you ask? Well as a matter of fact, yes! In fact one of the most asked questions is, “Why celebrate Washington’s Birthday on the border?” The answer must be attributed to the original planners of the celebration, the patriotic Improved Order of the Red Men. The committee was looking for a traditionally “American” holiday to celebrate that might offer the best of all cultures influencing the heritage of Laredo’s citizens.
After over a hundred years of tradition, the annual celebration and has grown in size, and popularity which now includes more than twenty-eight events that covers a period of four weeks. It attracts approximately 400,000 attendees annually and has a tremendous positive economic impact on the city.
Below are just some of the events that are offered at this annual one-of-a-kind celebration honoring our first president! For more event details visit; http://www.wbcalaredo.org/
Commander’s Reception Date: Thursday, January 22, 2015 Time: 7:00 PM Location: Laredo Energy Arena
Admission: Invitation or Media credentials required
2015 American Historical Theatre George Washington Performance Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 Time: 7:00 PM Location: TAMIU – Center for the Fine and Performing Arts
WBCA™ Stars and Stripes Air Show Spectacular Sponsored by Miller Lite Date: Sunday, February 15, 2015 Time: 11:00 AM Location: Laredo International Airport (Maher entrance)
Admission: $5 for adults – 12 yrs. and under free Afterburner: $50, table of 10 $400
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