Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association
107 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314

FRIENDSHIP FIREHOUSE FESTIVAL


Celebrate the 243rd Birthday of Historic Fire Company

Saturday, August 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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! This year, the City of Alexandria Fire Department is celebrating its 151st anniversary! Other attractions include craft booths, community information tables, and food. 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 fir engine, both pulled by hand. Visitors can go upstairs to visit the formal meeting room where business of the historic fire company was conducted.


Friendship Conservation Project

Friendship Firemark:
Friendship is pleased to announce a special limited edition firemark for purchase to support the conservation of two firefighting apparatus at the Friendship Firehouse Museum. These are approximately 8" oval plaques painted and made of cast iron. They are similar to those made in the 18th and 19th centuries to identify buildings for fire insurance purposes. The lettering is raised, there will be two holes at the very top so it can be hung, and there will be a fixture on the bottom so a pole can be attached to it so it can stand up in a garden or front lawn if desired. They will be available for pre-sale this weekend at a cost of $150 at the Special Curator's Reception at Friendship Firehouse Museum on Friday evening and at the Friendship Festival in the 100 block of South Alfred Street on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Friendship Conservation Fund


A donation to Friendship will help us conserve two pieces of firefighting apparatus owned by Friendship Fire Co. 


The Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association assists in the preservation of the historic fire engine house on Alfred Street in Alexandria, Virginia; supports the Alexandria Fire Department; and provides scholarships, and other benevolent and philanthropic services to the Alexandria Community.  The Association promotes civic involvement, honors the legacy of its 18th-century founders--dedicated citizen firefighters--and values the contributions of our present-day first responders.