George Washington Birthday Parade 2019


Alexandria has a rich history of celebrating the birth of our first President. Ever since the Revolutionary War his birthday has been celebrated with dances, performances, and parades, and in 1976 – our country’s Bicentennial – the George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee was begun to organize these celebrations.

 One of the most festive celebrations and the oldest and largest — with thousands of participants — is the George Washington Birthday Parade, an annual parade held on the third Monday in February, this year held on Presidents’ Day, Monday February 18, 2019. George Washington’s actual ( 287th) birthday is February 22. He was born in 1732.

The parade is a mile long and takes place in Old Town. Parade route map BELOW and in video also, which starts at the corner of Gibbon and Fairfax streets, heads all the way up to Queen Street and loops around left to head back down Royal Street, where it concludes at Wilkes Street.

First, second, and third place Parade Awards are given in the following categories: Youth Groups, Antique Vehicles, Community and Fraternal Organizations, Military Units and Drill Teams, Animal Units, Youth Bands, Honor Guards and Color Guards, Equestrian Units, Historical Units, Floats, and The Spirit of Washington. 


George Washington Birthday Parade 2019 — PARTICIPATING GROUPS

GW Parade -- Registered Units

Unit Name

  1. 369th Infantry Regiment (Ebony Doughboys)George Washington Birthday Parade Map 2019
  2. Adventure Park USA
  3. Alexandria Democratic Committee
  4. Alexandria Volunteer Fire Department
  5. American Legion Riders Post 176
  6. Ancient Order of Hibernians Herbert-Cady Division (Old Town Alexandria)
  7. Brownie Troop 4562
  8. Brownie Troop 60029
  9. Caribbean Cruisers Car Club
  10. City of Alexandria Pipes and Drums
  11. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Alexandria Office
  12. Cub Scout Pack 1076
  13. Cub Scout Pack 129
  14. Cub Scout Pack 135
  15. Cub Scout Pack 1519
  16. Cub Scout Pack 301
  17. Cub Scout Pack 614
  18. Cub Scout Pack 801
  19. Daughters of the American Revolution National Soceity, John Alexander Chapter
  20. Daughters of the American Revolution National Society, Kate Waller Barrett Chapter
  21. Departmental Progressive Club, Inc. with Ladies Auxiliary
  22. F.F.C. 100% Salay USA
  23. First Virginia Regiment of the Continental Line
  24. Fishburne Military School
  25. Friends of Alexandria Archaeology
  26. Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society
  27. Girl Scout Association 60
  28. Girl Scout Brownie Troop 60028
  29. Girl Scout Brownies Troop 5442
  30. Girl Scout Troop 1163
  31. Girl Scout Troop 60043 - Charles Barrett ES
  32. Girl Scout Troop 60075 - Claremont Immersion School Arlington VA
  33. Girl Scouts Troop 60068, 4163, and 428
  34. Grand Marshal Dan Dellinger and The American Legion
  35. James Madison-4th President of the United States
  36. KENA Shriner
  37. Kiwanis Club of Alexandria
  38. Knights of Columbus, Potomac Assembly #2204
  39. Magnus Temple Marching Club
  40. Old Dominion Boat Club
  41. Pack 301 Cub Scouts
  42. Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company
  43. Rooftop Chimney Sweeps
  44. Sheriff Dana Lawhorne / Combined Public Safety Honor Guard
  45. Sons of The American Legion National Commander
  46. Sons of the American Revolution, George Washington Chapter
  47. The Ballyshaners
  48. The Little Theatre of Alexandria
  49. The Old Line Liberty Color Guard
  50. Volunteer Alexandria
  51. Washington Area Collectors Blue and Gold Military Vehicle Trust

George Washington Parade Transportation & Parking

There’s free DASH Shuttle Bus service from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  Park in the lots beside the Eisenhower Avenue Metro Station. The free King Street Trolley will also run from the King Street Metro Station. 

George Washington Birthday Other Events

Many other events are centered around Washington’s Birthday, including, but not limited to:

The Tenth Annual Cherry Challenge which ran from Jan. 27- Feb. 10 2019. 45 area area restaurants prepared cherry dishes which were rated by diners. Winners will be recognized at the George Washington Birthday Parade. 

Walking with Washington Tours – remaining Walks to be held on.


FREE! Advance Reservations not required. Tour lasts approximately 2 hours.

beginning at the Alexandria Visitor Center (Ramsay House 221 King Street)

George Washington Birthday Banquet and Ball Saturday February the 16th  from 5:30 – 11:00 PM at Gatsby’s Tavern Museum and Band Concert on Monday February 18th  from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM at Market Square.

Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N Royal Street

Tickets are already sold out for the 1799-style celebration. The event features an 18th-century banquet, English country dancing, dessert collation, character re-enactors plus the General and Mrs. Washington. Period costume is optional, but "after-five" attire is encouraged. Get your tickets well in advance if you want to attend next year.

 You can check on the status of these events, including the Parade, in case of questionable weather or other circumstances HERE  

 or by calling the Events Hotline at (703) 829 – 6640

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