- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Monday marks 229 years of American independence — but as Alexandrians will tell you, their town, laid out in 1749, has the nation beat by 27 years. Alexandria defers its annual birthday bash until the Saturday after Independence Day, and celebrates the Fourth of July at the home of the Father of His Country, Mount Vernon.

That means anyone on the “fun side” of the Potomac can get a double dose of the spirit of the Founding Fathers next week. Here are details:

Independence Day

• The Red, White and Blue Celebration: Mount Vernon, George Washington’s estate at the south end of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday. All events included in regular admission of $5-$11. 703/780-2000 or www.mount vernon .org.

11 a.m.: Concert by the Concert Band of America and a special wreathlaying ceremony at Washington’s tomb by the George Washington Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, led by the Fifes and Drums of Prince William III and the First Virginia Regiment.

Noon: Inspection on the Bowling Green of re-enactors from the First Virginia Regiment, the First Maryland Regiment, and the Second New Jersey Regiment. A reading of the Declaration of Independence by “George Washington,” and a cannon volley.

Free birthday cake while supplies last.

July 9

• USA and Alexandria Birthday Celebration: Alexandria’s birthday celebration begins at 4 p.m. at Oronoco Bay Park, Union and Madison streets, with a festival celebrating Alexandria’s ethnic diversity. The Alexandria Symphony’s salute to the Big Band era starts at 9 p.m. Fireworks begin at 10 p.m. Free. 703/883-4686 or www.alexsym.org.

Anytime in Alexandria

• Black History Museum: 902 Wythe St. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. 703/838-4356 or https://oha.ci.alexan dria.va.us/bhrc.

• Carlyle House Historic Park: 121 N. Fairfax St. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Tours on the hour and half hour. $4 adults, $2 children 11-17, free to children 10 and under. 703/549-2997 or www.carlyle house.org.

• Gadsby’s Tavern Museum: 134 N. Royal St. Tours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday and Monday; last tour 4:45 p.m. through October. Closed July 4. $4 adults, $2 students 11-17, free to children under 11 with a paying adult. 703/838-4242 or www.gadsbystavern.org.

• The Lyceum: Alexandria’s history museum at 201 S. Washington St. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. 703/838-4994 or www.alexandriahistory.org.

m Ramsay House Visitors Center: 221 King St. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. 703/838-5005 or www.funside.com.

—Lisa Rauschart

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