From the time of the Revolutionary War, the City has celebrated George Washington's birthday with parades, performances, and dances. In 1976, the present George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee was formed to organize and carry out the City’s annual celebration. 

Its members are appointed by the Alexandria City Council and include representatives from the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Disabled American Veterans, the Masonic Fraternity, the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, the Alexandria Jaycees, the Federation of Civic Associations, the Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Society, the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association, the Daughters of the American Revolution, an Alexandria City High School Student, and the Citizens of Alexandria at large.