It's always fun to celebrate the firsts in life. Your first car, your first job, maybe for some of you your first marriage... and something definitely worth celebrating would be the first president of the United States.
More than 20 events are being held in February to celebrate the 280th birthday of George Washington, complete with a cherry on top (we'll explain below).
First, take a stroll, otherwise known as a Walk with Washington. Every Sunday in February, you can gallivant throughout Old Town Alexandria (along King and Fairfax streets) to see the places associated with George Washington, and learn a thing or two about his hometown. The tour starts at 1 p.m. and lasts about and hour and half.
If you're the marathon type, grab you favorite running shoes to take part in the George Washington Classic
(600 Dulany St., Alexandria, VA). This 10-mile run starts at 8 a.m. on Feb. 18 in front of the Madison Building on Eisenhower Avenue. Or you can choose the 2K Fun Run that starts five minutes later at the same location.
If you're not in the mood to run for George, head over to his birthday party
in Fredericksburg at his boyhood home, Kenmore (Feb.18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.). Eat cake, play games, tour the house, watch a theater performance and partake in the stone throw. Admission is $5, with kids under 17 free.
So here's the cherry on top: the Cherry Challenge
. In honor of that old cherry tree tale from his youth, restaurateurs from all over the city of Alexandria will incorporate cherries into dishes from Feb. 5-11th. The competition has four categories: starters, mains, desserts and drinks. The winners will be announced at the George Washington Birthday Parade
Speaking of which... the parade begins at 1 p.m. on Feb. 20. It just so happens to be the largest parade that celebrates George Washington.
If you need up-to-date event information, call 703-829-6640.
Published at 10:08 AM EST on Feb 7, 2012