Friendship Firehouse Festival Celebrates 243rd Birthday of Historic Fire Company
The Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association will hold its annual Friendship Firehouse Festival on Saturday, August 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This popular family event will take place in the 100 block of South Alfred Street between Prince and King Streets, which will be closed off to traffic for the festival. Admission is free!
Held at the historic Friendship Firehouse, the festival celebrates the special role firefighters have played throughout history, especially those of Friendship. The event will feature a collection of antique fire equipment and a display of modern fire trucks and apparatus courtesy of the Alexandria Fire Department. Children will enjoy “driving” these big rigs and each child attending will receive a free fire helmet! Other attractions include craft booths, community information tables, and the Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company food truck. Free birthday cake 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, restored in 1992, before undergoing roof and cupola repairs several years ago. There will be a variety of exhibitors that will be of interest to all ages, and food and drink will be available. 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. Visitors can go upstairs to visit 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, including this year’s festival, which marks the 243rd anniversary of the Company.
For more information, visit www.friendshipfirehouse.net.
The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation to participate in any public meeting, e-mail Nicole.Quinn@alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.4554, Virginia Relay 711.