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Celebrating Firefighters With a Family-Friendly Festival

Old Town Alexandria will soon be filled with families helping to celebrate the critical role firefighters play in protecting families from all sorts of emergencies, including fires.  The historic Friendship Firehouse is the site of the festivities, featuring craft booths, food, and tours of the firehouse. All children in attendance receive a free fire helmet, along with a ceremonial balloon. Children also have the opportunity to be a "co-passenger" inside one of the City's fire trucks, on a carefully supervised ride.

As part of the Festival, the Friendship Firehouse Museum is offering tours showcasing fire-fighting equipment, including fire engines, water buckets, axes, and rubber hoses. Most of the items in The Engine Room date back decades, with some implements from the early 1900s. The second floor of the firehouse is known as "George Washington's Fire Company" and is recognized as the first fire company in Alexandria, founded in 1774.

The festival is an annual event happening on the first Saturday of August every year. The Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association is the main sponsor and hosts the event free of charge for everybody. Come out August 3rd from 9am to 2pm and learn all about fire-fighting history as you enjoy the many street events.  Old Town Alexandria will shut down South Alfred Street between King and Prince Street during the festival to accommodate different craft and local merchant booths from in and around Alexandria.  If you've always harbored a secret desire to be a fireman, this event is for you and the family.

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