From Colonial-style galas to family-friendly parades, here’s how to honor the founding father’s 288th birthday.
Head down to Colonial Williamsburg to join Martha Washington in a surprise celebration for her husband. Celebrate the president’s birthday with a night of music and dancing at the Governor’s Palace. // Feb. 14 & 15; Governor’s Palace: 300 Palace Green St., Williamsburg; $25
Travel back to 1799 for an 18th-century party for Washington’s birthday. Don your best period costume for a night of English country dancing, dining at an 18th-century banquet and visiting with the Washingtons. // Feb. 16, 5:30-11 p.m.; Gadsby’s Tavern Museum: 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria; $40-$275
Celebrate Washington’s 288th birthday at his Mount Vernon estate. The day includes a special wreath laying ceremony at the president’s tomb, military demonstrations and a musical tribute to Washington. Can’t make it on Feb. 17? Stop by the estate to celebrate on Presidents Day. // Feb. 17, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; George Washington’s Mount Vernon: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon; free
George Washington Birthday Parade
Dress warmly and line the streets of Alexandria for the annual birthday parade. Parade-goers will be in awe of the endless antique cars, marching bands and performing arts groups along the 1-mile route. // Feb. 17; 1-3 p.m.; City of Alexandria: Between the corner of Gibbon Street and Fairfax Street and Wilkes Street and Royal Street, Alexandria; free
Honor the first president of the United States at the annual Washington birthday gala celebration. The formal event will feature a banquet, entertainment and the presentation of the George Washington Memorial Award. // Feb. 22; 5:30-10 p.m.; The George Washington Masonic National Memorial: 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria; $200