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ALX275: City of Alexandria Celebrating 275 Years Since Founding Beginning Next Month

Kickoff event scheduled for Apr. 6. Festivities planned through September

Photo: E Michio for Visit Alexandria

ALEXANDRIA, VA-In a March 26 announcement via email, the City of Alexandria revealed plans to celebrate 275 years since its founding –  in 1749 – with months of festive events. The new webpage, ALX275, is now live, and is the official source to learn about events and the city’s storied history.

The founding will be commemorated in July, but festivities begin next month and run through September. The 275th Anniversary Kickoff Event will take place Apr. 6 at noon. It will be held in multiple locations along Waterfront Park, according to the city calendar. Plans include a performance by the City of Alexandria Pipes and Drums  a proclamation by Mayor Justin Wilson, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the for the exhibit, The Buried Ships at Robinson Landing.

“This milestone is not just a recognition of more than two centuries of history;” the email reads, “it’s also an opportunity to amplify the shared experiences of our community and the collective achievements that have shaped our City’s identity.”

Residents are asked to participate in the celebration through a social media campaign. Their efforts will become a part of the city’s Online Oral History Archive. Join by downloading the ALX 275 Social Media Toolkit HERE and using the hashtag #ALX275 on posts.

Public transportation is set to play a vital role in the celebration. The city has partnered with GoAlex and DASH for “dedicated bus routes,” to be revealed Apr. 6, according to the announcement.

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Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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