Friendship Firehouse Festival
Friendship Firehouse Museum, 107 South Alfred Street
Saturday, August 1, 9AM-2PM
The Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association will celebrate its 241st anniversary at the annual festival held in the 100 block of South Alfred Street. The festival highlights the special role firefighters have played throughout history, especially those of Friendship. The event will feature a collection of antique fire equipment and, courtesy of the Alexandria Fire Department, a display of modern fire trucks and apparatus. Children will enjoy “driving” these big rigs and each child attending will receive a free fire helmet! The Alexandria Red Cross and the Community Emergency Response Team will also be on hand. Other attractions include craft booths, food vendors and free birthday cake which will be served at 11 a.m.
In addition to the day’s outdoor events, festival participants will be able to experience the history of the Fire Company through a tour of the Friendship Firehouse Museum. The building was originally built as a firehouse in 1855, remodeled in 1871 and restored again in 1992 before undergoing roof and cupola repairs several years ago. There will be a variety of exhibitors of interest to all ages, food and drinks, plus the firehouse museum will be open for all to see and appreciate our forefathers efforts to protect Alexandria from fire in the 18th century. Be sure to see the old hose reel, as well as the suction pumper fire engine, both pulled by hand. Upstairs in the firehouse is the formal meeting room where business of the historic fire company was conducted.
Now a philanthropic organization focusing on fire and life safety, the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association remains active in community events. Free! 9 to 2 p.m. For more information, please visit www.friendshipfirehouse.net or call 703.746.4994.
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