Alexandria War of 1812 Bicentennial Events

March 10, 2014

Throughout 2014, celebrate the bicentennial of the War of 1812 in Alexandria’s historic setting, largely preserved to appear as it did 200 years ago, when the British stormed the waterfront in 1814. As the blaze of Washington, DC, structures in flames blinded Virginians from across the Potomac River, Alexandria quietly allowed the British to gather what they needed, in an effort to preserve their town. It was this submission that would allow the city to remain so remarkably intact, and today, act as a window into Colonial life.

For nearly a year, Alexandria’s historical sites will band together to enrich visitors with the city’s role in the War of 1812, featuring events like historical lectures, film screenings, concerts, museum exhibits, outdoor activities and walking and biking tours, as well as a proclamation by Mayor Euille challenging the British Embassy to a playful rematch. These activities all lead up to the grand “Signature Event” on August 31, 2014, where Alexandria’s waterfront will host food vendors and hours of festivities.
(Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association)

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