Fireworks explode over The Potomac River under full moon as The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra plays "1812 Overture." (Photo: Wayne Hulehan)

Fireworks explode over the Potomac River under full moon as The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra plays "1812 Overture." (Photo: Wayne Hulehan)

The City of Alexandria celebrated its 268th birthday and the nation’s 241st birthday on Saturday at Oronoco Bay Park.

People began arriving for the festivities at 5:00 p.m. where they were treated to musical entertainment by Ocho de Bastos Band, who performed a fusion of tropical rhythms with pop rock. Next came the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, who have inspired audiences throughout the nation and abroad for 50 years. This musical tradition began with the musicians of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.

The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra performs under the direction of guest conductor Jon Kalbfleisch. (Photo: Wayne Hulehan)

The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra performs under the direction of guest conductor Jon Kalbfleisch. (Photo: Wayne Hulehan)

As always, the main musical event of the evening was performances by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra with guest conductor Jon Kalbfleisch. The ASO ended the evening with Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” complete with cannons and fireworks on the Potomac.

Alexandria's 268th Birthday Party

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