Celebrating President’s Day 2017 around Alexandria

President’s Day began as a way for the young United States to honor the birthday of its first president, George Washington. In 1971, Richard Nixon combined Washington’s birthday with Lincoln’s birthday (February 12) to create a new federal holiday on the third Monday in February.

As you might expect in the city where the president actually lives, here in the District there are some exciting parades, celebrations, and displays recognizing this upcoming holiday, which falls on February 20 this year.

George Washington’s Birthday Parade

This Old Town Alexandria parade takes place on President’s Day from 1 PM until 3 PM and bills itself as “The largest Parade Celebrating Washington’s Birthday in the USA!” It’s been held for over 80 years and features an exciting variety of bands, floats, reenactment troupes, and special performances. This year’s parade begins at the intersection of Gibbon and S. Fairfax streets and runs until Wilkes & S. Royal streets

Walking with Washington Tour

On Sunday, February 19 from 2:00 pm until 3:30 pm, this free event allows you to follow in the footsteps of the first president in his hometown. You’ll visit places Washington slept, filled prescriptions, and more. The event begins at the Ramsay House Visitors Center at 221 King Street in Alexandria.

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

Located in D.C.’s Penn Quarter, Madame Tussauds features a fascinating Presidential Gallery that includes all 45 presidents, including a newly-added likeness of Donald J. Trump unveiled just before inauguration day. The Presidential Gallery lets you experience the history of D.C. and its commanders-in-chief, displaying important historical figures like Benjamin Franklin, Rosa Parks and Malcolm X in chronological order along with each president.

Choosing a hotel for President’s Day 2017

If you’re traveling to D.C. for the holiday weekend, you’ll need a comfortable place to stay, in a good location, at a competitive price. The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir offers great amenities like free Wi-Fi, a complimentary shuttle to the metro and a free daily breakfast buffet, making it the perfect hotel for President’s Day for you and your family this year.

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