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Morocco Day in Alexandria, Virginia is Sunday, June 30

Art, Food and Music Festival Brings Casablanca and Marrakesh to Market Square

Two men in suits shaking hands.
Mohammed Elhajjam and Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson shake hands upon the presentation of the Mayor’s Proclamation of Morocco Day 2024. (Courtesy photo)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – On June 30, 2024, the exotic sounds and culinary aromas of Casablanca will fill the air in Alexandria’s Market Square as the city celebrates Morocco Day. The festival will embrace the long relationship between the United States and Morocco and the Moroccan Americans who call Alexandria home.

It will also honor Mayor Justin Wilson’s recent proclamation that June 30, 2024, be officially observed as Morocco Day in Alexandria.

The celebration is open to the public, and will happen at 300 King Street in Market Square.

People sitting and standing in a crowd with vendor tents in background.
Alexandria has celebrated Moroccan Day every year since 2014. (Courtesy photo)

Morocco formally recognized the United States by signing a treaty of peace and friendship in 1786, a document that remains the longest unbroken relationship in U.S. history, according to the U.S. Department of State.

“Expect this year’s festival to be bigger and better than ever, says Alexandria resident and business owner, Mohamed Elhajjam, President and Founder of the Alexandria-based Moroccan American Network. Elajjam organizes the event every year to share his beloved culture and Moroccan homeland.

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Mohammed Elhajjam was given the key to the City of Alexandria on Morocco Day 2014. (Photo: AV Actions)

The Art Market will include original artwork, jewelry, hair products, tapestries, household items, candles, oils, clothing and more.  In addition, multiple musicians and dancers will be on hand entertaining and showcasing the sights and sounds of Morocco.

And from blocks away you will be able to smell the delicious food being cooked on open grills and and taste the spices and sweetness of Moroccan cuisine.  Numerous food and beverage vendors will be offering their best.

The event is sponsored by Audio Visual Actions and A24 Studio, and is designed to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Moroccan Americans and to promote entrepreneurship for small businesses. According to El Hajjam, approximately 3000 Moroccan Americans reside in Alexandria.

The Moroccan American Network was founded to promote business and cultural events among the Moroccan community. “The network is designed to change how immigrants are viewed,” said El Hajjam. “Moroccan Americans are honored to live and do business in the City of Alexandria. They are loyal and want to contribute to the community.” In 2014, Mr. Elhajjam received a Key to the City of Alexandria from then-Mayor William Euille.

Tickets are free, but organizers request that you sign up here.

For more info, please contact [email protected]

Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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