The City of Alexandria is commemorating the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 with lots of fun activities for the Memorial Day Weekend! See the Events Calendar below! Most events are free!
The years 2012-2015 mark the bicentennial of the War of 1812. The war, and the five-day occupation of Alexandria by British forces in 1814, had a profound effect on the town and its economy.
While war was declared in 1812, it was not until 1814 that it reached Alexandria's shores. On August 29 Alexandrians awoke to find 138 guns of the British squadron "but a few hundred yards from the wharves, and the houses so situated at they might have been laid in ashes in a few minutes," as described by the residents. The British promised not to destroy the town if the citizens surrendered all naval stores, shipping, and merchandise being exported. Alexandria agreed, under much scrutiny by the nation. However, it was thanks to the actions on both sides that the "Old Town" of today is still preserved. The City of Alexandria and community partners are commemorating Alexandria's role in the war through lectures, concerts, and specialty tours, culminating in the Signature Weekend Event.
Please join us and celebrate, what didn't happen on that fateful week 200 years ago!