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World Police & Fire Games 2015

The 2015 World Police & Fire Games is set to descend upon the Washington D.C. region June 26th – July 5th, 2015!

The World Police & Fire Games was born in 1985 thanks to the World Police & Fire Games Federation, a non-profit organization, run by the Californian Police Athletics Federation. Held biannually, the WPFG are a spectacular international sporting event that offers police officers, firefighters, customs and correction officers around the world an opportunity to showcase their athletic excellence in over 65 sporting events.

As the second largest multi-sport event on the planet, more than 12,000 participants will come from all over the world, representing 70 different countries to compete in 1,600 medal events across 62 sports. Some of those sports include events such as Archery, Baseball, Bowling, Biathlon, Cross Country, CrossFit, Darts, Dodgeball, Golf, Ice Hockey and much, much more!

For a better idea, check out this official video for 2015 Fairfax World Police & Fire Games:

Fairfax 2015: World Police & Fire Games

With a location that is nestled just outside the nation’s capital, our Washington DC hotel is perfectly suited to meet all of your needs during the 2015 World Police & Fire Games! From our Alexandria hotel amenities that includes free metro shuttle service to our complimentary breakfast each morning, the only thing you’ll have to worry about is enjoying yourself and your company.

Rooms are going fast so you’ll want to book your room for the Fairfax 2015 Police Games before it’s too late!

Wherever you’re traveling from, we can’t wait to have ya! Fairfax 2015 is going to be a memorable one.

Uncork and Unwind at the National Harbor Food and Wine Festival

Each year, National Harbor publishes a year round line-up of spectacular events, and our favorite one is just around the corner! On May 2nd and 3rd, world-renowned chefs, culinary pioneers, DC Foodies, and winemakers alike are coming together to bring you the 2015 National Harbor Wine and Food Festival. You’ll enjoy 2 delicious days of unlimited wine tastings, food samples from DC’s trendiest restaurants, an on-site wine shop to purchase your favorite flavors, and of course a souvenir glass to commemorate your trip.

Don’t let the title fool you though, this year’s event features much more than just wine. Guests can find themselves meandering the “Bier Garten” tasting a variety of craft brews or heading to a book signing or meet & greet with the chef. Ladies, while your significant other is lounging with a cigar at the bourbon bar, you’ll enjoy hands-on cooking classes or wine and food pairings that will wow your next dinner guests.

You’ll need a nearby place to crash during your two days of wining and dining, and The Alexandria Holiday Inn Express is located just five miles from the National Harbor. Grab a bite off our complimentary Express Start Breakfast menu before beginning each fun-filled day. Effortless access to the Harbor from the hotel leaves more time for fun in the DC area.

According the US News and World Report, spring has been rated the best season to visit the DC area! The National Harbor Wine and Food Festival is the perfect excuse to book your trip to DC now!

28th Annual Rolling Thunder Rally Rolls into DC This Memorial Day

Rolling Thunder

Cristiano Del Riccio – originally posted to Flickr as Rolling Thunder, Memorial Bridge

Rev your engines! It’s time for the 28th annual Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally this Memorial Day Weekend in Washington DC. Thousands of riders from all over the country come to participate in this “ride for freedom” and commemorate the thousands of Prisoners of War and Missing in Action. Rolling Thunder will hold several events throughout Memorial Day weekend to bring awareness to the POW/MIA issue before embarking on their annual motorcycle ride across Washington DC.

Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally events include:

Rolling Thunder Candlelight Vigil –

Join the Rolling Thunder motorcycle riders at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial May 22nd at 9 p.m. as they hold a candlelight vigil in honor of the brave service men and women left behind during the Vietnam War.

Thunder Alley –

Thunder Alley at 22nd Street and Constitution Avenue will be open to the public Memorial Day Weekend from Saturday May 23rd through Monday May 26th. Roam this all day event starting at 9 a.m. and enjoy local vendors, food, and music.

Wreath laying Ceremony –

Starting at 10 a.m. Rolling Thunder will be taking part in a ceremonial wreath laying at the World War II Veterans Memorial and the U.S. Navy Memorial at 11 a.m.

Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally –

At 7 a.m. thousands of bikers will assemble at the Pentagon Parking Lots and begin their “ride for freedom” at Noon. Listen to the sounds of “rolling thunder” as thousands of riders barrel through Washington DC as they make their way to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Saluting Our Troops after the Run –

After the ride, Rolling Thunder will salute the brave service men and women who served by holding a musical tribute/concert in their honor at the Reflecting Pool, just a few steps north of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

This annual event brings thousands each year, so book your Washington DC hotel rooms early. Located just minutes from the Huntington Metro station, the Holiday Inn Express Alexandria – Fort Belvoir offers convenient access to all that Washington DC has to offer this Memorial Day Weekend. With FREE high-speed Wi-Fi, a 32 inch HDTV, and free breakfast, Holiday Inn Express Alexandria has all the amenities to make your Memorial Day Weekend one you will not soon forget.

For more information on how you can participate or view the annual rally, click here to visit the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally website.

National Police Week 2015

National Police Week 2015

Once again, law enforcement officers from all over the nation will converge in Washington DC for National Police Week 2015!

What is National Police Week?

We’re glad you asked. In 1962, President John. F Kennedy signed a proclamation that declared May 15th as “Peace Officers Memorial Day” and the week in which this day falls officially became known as Police Week.  This year, Police Week will be held May 12-16.

As time has gone on, the national law enforcement officer’s memorial has continued to grow. Tens of thousands of law enforcement officers descend upon Washington, DC to take part in a number of events created to honor both survivors and the individuals who have paid the ultimate price in the line of duty.

Here is a quick look at this year’s schedule:

Tuesday, May 12 –
Police Unity Tour – Arrival Ceremony will begin at 2PM at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Begun in 1997, the Police Unity Tour has raised nearly 16 million dollars for the NLEOMF.

Wednesday, May 13 –
27th Annual Candlelight Vigil @ 8 PM, sponsored by NLEOM, no tickets required.
Fraternal Order of Police DC Lodge #1 Events, 11 AM – 2 AM; enjoy music, entertainment, food and a bar.

Thursday, May 14 –
National Police Survivors Conference and C.O.P.S. Kids/Teens Day 1; held at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center Hotel – family, children and co-worker survivors have opportunities to receive support.
Fraternal Order of Police DC Lodge #1 Events, 11 AM – 2 AM.

Friday, May 15 –
34rd Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service – the service begins at 11 AM and is expected to run approximately two hours. The Wreath Laying Ceremony will be held immediately following the Memorial Service @ the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

Fraternal Order of Police DC Lodge #1 Events, 11 AM – 2 AM.

Saturday, May 16 –
National Police Survivors Conference and C.O.P.S. Kids/Teens Day 2.

While there is an official schedule of events throughout the week, the city will be bustling with ad hoc meetings relative to the Police and their staff. These meetings can be as much of an attraction for attendees as the event itself.

Although there are still three months until Police Week kicks off, between 25,000 and 40,000 are expected to attend and D.C. area hotel rooms will begin to go quickly so consider Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir! Due to our proximity to the Huntington Metro, we provide an on-demand shuttle to/from the station from 7 AM to 10 PM weekdays. We also provide parking, breakfast, Wi-Fi, a convenient centralized D.C. location and award winning service for any Police Week attendee.

If Police Week is something that interests you, you might also want to look into the International Police Games which is an international competition and will be held this year in Fairfax, Virginia starting June 26.

For more information about #PoliceWeek, check out See you in May!

New Year's Eve at National Harbor

New Years Eve National HarborStill finalizing your New Year’s Eve plans?  Check out these National Harbor events in the D.C. area.

ICE at Gaylord National Harbor

A National Harbor holiday classic is back at the Gaylord with ICE! featuring Frosty the Snowman.  Kept at a chilly 9 degrees, the walk-through holiday wonderland features two million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures, four ice slides, six individual rooms depicting the Frosty the Snowman story and The Frostbite Factory, a live carving zone.  Family and friends will enjoy exploring and plyaing in this frigid wonderland open through January 4th.

Bobby McKeys Piano Bar

Sing in the New Year with dueling pianos, improvisational humor, world class musicians and all request music.  This New Year’s Eve, join in the show at Bobby McKey’s Dueling Piano Bar at National Harbor.  Tickets start at $25 for general admission and usually sell out.

The Capital Wheel

Soar 180 feet above the Potomac River waterfront on the National Harbor’s newest iconic attraction, The Capital Wheel.  Enjoy spectacular views of D.C. attractions including the White House, the Capitol, the National Mall, the City of Alexandria and Prince George’s County.  Breathtaking views backlit by the 1.6 million LED lights and climate-controlled gondolas will make a New Year’s Eve turn on the Capital Wheel a romantic moment to remember.

Alexandria VA hotel guest room

Simplify your New Year’s Eve plans with hotel reservations at an Alexandria area hotel.  The National Harbor New Year’s Eve excitement is just a quick 10 minute drive from the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria. Your New Year’s Eve hotel accommodations include complimentary breakfast, free parking, and free wiFi.  Let the team at our D.C. area hotel deliver their award-winning service to make your New Year’s Eve 2014 a fun and memorable stay in Alexandria!

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