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The 275th Alexandria Birthday Celebration is Coming!

Birthday celebration fireworks over Potomac River. (Photo: courtesy Visit Alexandria)

From the City of Alexandria website

Alexandria, VA – The City of Alexandria will celebrate its 275th and the USA’s 248th birthday on Saturday, July 13, at Oronoco Bay Park (100 Madison St.). The event includes live music and ends with the Grand Finale — a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Scheduled activities for the celebration include the following:

  • 6 p.m. – Opening Musical Act
  • 7:30 p.m. – Town crier announces Mayor Justin Wilson; poetry reading by Alexandria Poet Laureate Zeina Azzam; acknowledgements
  • 8 p.m. – Distribution of birthday cupcakes by members of City Council
  • 8:30 p.m. – Live Music
  • 9:30 p.m. – Grand finale fireworks display

Vantage points:

  • Canal Center Plaza (Center Canal Plaza)
  • Rivergate Park (2 Montgomery St.)
  • Oronoco Bay Park (100 Madison St.)
  • Founders Park (351 North Union St.)
  • Waterfront Park (1A Prince St.)
  • Point Lumley Park, (1 Duke St.)
  • Windmill Hill Park(501 South Union St.)
  • Fords Landing boardwalk (99 Franklin St.)
  • Jones Point Park (Jones Point Drive)
  • George Washington Masonic Memorial (101 Callahan Drive)

Food Truck vendors will be available for the public along Pendleton Street.

Oronoco Bay Park has lawn seating, and participants are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Food vendors will be on-site with a selection of hot food and cool treats. Grilling, smoking, tents, and large or staked umbrellas are not permitted. If groups or families are separated, an area for lost persons will be located at the City stage. Please leave pets at home and be mindful of your neighbors by refraining from smoking at this event.

Visitors are encouraged to bike, walk, or take alternative public transportation. For a list of garages and parking lots in the Old Town historic district, visit Where to Park in Old Town. Handicapped-accessible parking will be available on the 500 block of N. Fairfax Street.

In case of inclement weather, fireworks only will be rescheduled for Sunday, July 10, at 9:30 p.m. Go to alexandriava.gov/Recreation for more information or call the Special Events Hotline at 703.746.5592.

For inquiries from the news media only, contact the Office of Communications & Public Information at [email protected] or 703.746.3969. For reasonable disability accommodation, contact [email protected] or call 703.746.5590, Virginia Relay 711.

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