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Presidents' Day Celebrations in Virginia

George Washington Birthday Parades, History Fun and Much More

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Virginia, brimming with history, is a wonderful destination for a Presidents' Day weekend getaway. Three standout Presidents' Day celebrations offer interactive living history fun for families and tours of important historic sites for history buffs. All three celebrations are situated in picturesque and charming settings, adding a touch of romance for couples.

George Washington Birthday Parade and More in Historic Alexandria

George Washington Birthday Parade - Photo by Anna Frame: Courtesy of the City of Alexandria
George Washington Birthday Parade - Photo by Anna Frame: Courtesy of the City of Alexandria

Alexandria, Virginia, located just outside of Washington, D.C., was George Washington's hometown. In honor of its favorite son, Alexandria hosts a weekend of special events each year during Presidents' Day Weekend. The celebration, which includes open houses at several historic sites, an annual Cherry Challenge and a Birthnight Banquet and Ball, culminates with the largest George Washington Birthday Parade in the United States.

Related: Walking Tour of Alexandria

Presidents' Day Celebrations at Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens

Presidents' Day at Mount Vernon - Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association
Presidents' Day at Mount Vernon - Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association

Mount Vernon, the cherished home of George and Martha Washington and one of Virginia's most popular historic attractions, celebrates Presidents' Day weekend with an array of family-friendly events, including Breakfast with George Washington, America's Smallest Hometown Parade and more. On Monday, the national observance of Presidents' Day, admission to Mount Vernon is free.

Related: Photos of Mount Vernon

Presidents' Day Celebrations at Colonial Williamsburg

Williamsburg's Living History - Photo Credit: © Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Williamsburg's Living History - Photo Credit: © Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

In addition to experiencing the sights and sounds of Colonial Williamsburg on the eve of the American Revolution, non-stop history fun during Presidents' Day weekend includes special interactive activities, evening performances, a Sunday afternoon Salute to the Presidents at Market Square featuring the popular Fifes and Drums and more.

Related: Photo Tour of Colonial Williamsburg

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