Move over America, It’s Alexandria’s Birthday

Every year, the city of Alexandria celebrates its own birthday in a very special way. Instead of hosting a Fourth of July fireworks show, the city annually waits until the following Saturday to host the biggest party of the year celebrating both. This year is no different and Saturday, July 11th, will be another one for the record books!

The annual event includes children’s activities, a performance by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, birthday cake and a fireworks extravaganza. Lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic (snacks) are encouraged but there will also be food available for purchase!

The celebration will run from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. (or until the fireworks run out) at Oronoco Bay Park along the Potomac River between Fairfax, Pendleton and Madison Streets.

A closer look at the schedule:

7:30 – The Town Crier Announces Mayor William D. Euille, presentation of Park and Recreation Comission’s CIVIC Awards
8:00 – Birthday Cake
8:30 – Performance by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra
9:30 – Fireworks, featuring the “1812 Oveture” with Cannon Support by the United States Marine Corps

The city of Alexandria is an integral part of American history. Founded in 1749, Alexandria was the hometown of George Washington and Robert E. Lee and was widely known to be one of the busiest ports in all of America.

This year’s event will be extra special as it kicks off the first ever Alexandria Live Music Week!

If you and your family missed out on celebrating 4th of July or simply just love a good time, Alexandria will be the place to be this weekend! It’s not too late to book your Alexandria hotel room and you can even explore the Capital too!

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