Alexandria, Virginia happens to be a stellar place to celebrate the nation’s birthday, what with its incredibly rich history stretching back deep into the colonial era. This is one of the great corners of America for reflecting on our past and our national identity: both for its own fascinating share of heritage sites, museums, and vintage architecture, and for its proximity to Washington, D.C.

So make it a 4th of July in Alexandria, and choose as your luxury accommodations for the occasion Morrison House here in the heart of Old Town. As for what to do for the holiday, allow us to offer up a few suggestions!

Celebrate the Nation’s Birthday—and Alexandria’s—in One Dazzling Gala

July doesn’t only mark the USA’s 242nd birthday: It’s also the 269th anniversary of Alexandria’s founding. On July 7th, the city marks both occasions with an evening festival along the Potomac at Oronoco Bay Park. Enjoy waterfront fireworks, tasty eats, “patriotic birthday cake,” and a stirring live soundtrack delivered by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra.

4th of July Events in the Nation’s Capital

As we mentioned at the top, you’re within amazingly easy reach of Washington, D.C. as a guest of ours at Morrison House, and needless to say the national capital is quite the place to be for the 4th of July. From the razzle-dazzle of fireworks and the free A Capitol Fourth concert to quieter reflections at the poignant memorials and monuments of the National Mall, there’s much to see and do on the holiday in D.C.—check out some of your options right here.

Visit Alexandria’s Historic Sites & Museums

From the Lyceum to the Alexandria Black History Museum, our city comes jampacked with top-quality museums for exploring local and national history—appropriate topics, we’d say, as the USA marks its anniversary. Besides the exhibits it houses as Alexandria’s history museum, the Lyceum is itself a heritage site: one of numerous venerable buildings that make Alexandria’s cityscape partly a portal for time travel. Others include the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, an 18th-century pharmacy; the Carlyle House, a Georgian manor erected in 1753; the Lee-Fendall House, famous as the residence for multiple generations of the influential Lee family; and Gadsby’s Tavern, frequented by all of the nation’s first five presidents.

Mark the 4th of July at George Washington’s Pad

Cannon fire, momentous fireworks, a “Red, White and Blue” program by the National Concert Band, “appearances” by the country’s first president and his wife: George Washington’s historic estate of Mount Vernon, less than a half hour from our Autograph Collection hotel, observes Independence Day in unforgettable fashion. But don’t wait to snatch up your tickets for its An American Celebration

Book your room at Morrison House for the 4th of July today, and we’ll look forward to celebrating with you!