City of Alexandria Birthday Celebration and Fireworks

City of Alexandria Birthday Celebration and Fireworks

The City of Alexandria will celebrate its 274th and the USA’s 247th birthday on Saturday, July 8, at Oronoco Bay Park (100 Madison St.). The event includes a performance by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, ending with the Grand Finale -- a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free!

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Location: Oronoco Bay Park (100 Madison St.)

  • 6 p.m. - Opening Music 

  • 7:30 p.m. – Welcome by NPR’s Suraya Mohamed, Announcement by Town Crier, Remarks by Mayor Justin Wilson, Poetry by Alexandria Poet Laureate Zeina Azzam

  • 8 p.m. - Distribution of birthday cupcakes by members of City Council 

  • 8:30 p.m. - Performance by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra 

  • 9:30 p.m. - Grand finale fireworks display with Alexandria Symphony Orchestra performing 1812

Fireworks Vantage Points Locations

Grand finale fireworks display, July 8 at 9:30 p.m.

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 Temple (101 Callahan Drive)

In case of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled to Sunday, July 9, at 6 p.m. 

Alexandria Symphony Orchestra Performs for Alexandria Birthday Celebration

Alexandria Symphony Orchestra will present a free concert as part of the 274th Alexandria Birthday Celebration on Saturday, July 8, 2023. The celebration, sponsored by the city and coordinated by the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, culminates with fireworks underscored by additional music from the ASO.

The concert will include the Armed Forces Medley, film scores, patriotic favorites and highlights from West Side Story and Guys and Dolls. The grand finale will feature a spectacular fireworks display with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, accompanied by live cannons from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard). The program will be led by guest conductor John Devlin.