Parade, covenant signing, open houses Monday
Old Town Alexandria hosts a series of events, Monday, in honor of George Washington’s birthday.
Festivities start at 10 a.m., with a Hunt for Washington, at the parade reviewing stand across from Market Square. In the game, adults and children can uncover clues about Alexandria and the country’s first president. Groups or people can join in the hunt, which takes about 1.5 hours.
Museums and historic locations throughout Alexandria have free open houses, typically from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. They include Friendship Firehouse Museum, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Old Presbyterian Meeting House, Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum and The Lyceum.
The Concert at Market Square starts at 11 a.m., featuring bands, special choirs and non-marching groups.
At noon, Alexandria’s mayor and commanders of major military installations in the area, including Belvoir, participate in a community covenant signing with the Quantico Belvoir Regional Business Alliance. The event salutes veterans and active military.
The highlight of the birthday observance is the mile-long George Washington Birthday Parade, the oldest and largest parade that celebrates Washington’s Birthday, from 1-3 p.m. Retired Rear Adm. Robert Shumaker is grand marshal.
Complete details are available from washingtonbirthday.com.
Local historic church hosting commemorative service
The Brotherhood of Saint Andrew, Pohick Chapter, sponsors a breakfast, after a commemorative service celebrating George Washington’s birth, Monday at Historic Pohick Church.
The service starts at 8:30 a.m., and follows the Order for Morning Prayer taken from the 1662 English Book of Common Prayer, which is the service Washington followed in his usual Sunday worship at the church. The Docent Guild will conduct church tours after the breakfast. Tickets are $10 per person, $25 per family group.
For tickets or more information, 703-339-6572. The church is at 9301 Richmond Highway, Lorton, at the corner of Route 1 and Telegraph Road. pohick.org