Celebrating Alexandria's 272nd and USA's 245th Birthday!

Celebrating Alexandria's 272nd and USA's 245th Birthday!

Old Town North's Oronoco Park is celebrating on Saturday, July 10, 8:45pm featuring Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and Grand Finale fireworks display at 9:30

The City of Alexandria will celebrate its 272nd and the USA’s 245th birthday on Saturday, July 10, with a performance by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra ending with a Grand Finale fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. The Alexandria Symphony concert program will include America the Beautiful, Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, and the Armed Forces Medley followed by patriotic and popular classical favorites. The grand finale will feature a spectacular fireworks display, accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture (without cannons this year) and other patriotic tunes.

“The ASO is thrilled to be joining forces with the City of Alexandria to send some fireworks flying in celebration of Alexandria’s Birthday,” says Music Director James Ross. “With musical works honoring our city’s rich history and diversity, it will be a sonic bash of the kind that will lift spirits—fanfares, blues, patriotic fare, Sousa marches and the best part of the 1812 Overture. What a joy to make big music again for our citizens!”

To limit crowds and prevent the spread of COVID-19, this year’s fireworks display has been repositioned to be visible from multiple vantage points along the Potomac River waterfront from Canal Center Plaza to Jones Point Park. To further reduce crowds, the event will not include the distribution of birthday cake or cannon support from the 3d United States Infantry Regiment. Please note the later than usual start time of 8:45 p.m.

Program Schedule:

Alexandria Symphony Orchestra

Please leave pets at home and be mindful of your neighbors by refraining from smoking at this event. In case of inclement weather, fireworks only will be rescheduled for Sunday, July 11, at 9:30 p.m.

For reasonable disability accommodation, contact Alyssa.Ross@alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.4572, Virginia Relay 711.

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