100 years on Foggy Bottom

In 1879, Congress called for an annual celebration of George Washington’s birthday.

Since 1971, the birthday on the third Monday of every February has been recognized as a federal holiday.

This year, George Washington’s 280th birthday (celebrated on Presidents’ Day) will be honored in style at George Washington University, at a time when the namesake university also marks and commemorates its 100th year in Foggy Bottom.

Commemorative Events


Seen in Foggy Bottom

Open Feb. 21 to Feb. 23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Luther W. Brady Art Gallery (second floor of Media and Public Affairs Building)
To get a taste of GW’s history with a personal flair, check out this exhibition of art and items highlighting important people, places and things in the University’s history. Recent and past works by students are also included. Stop by from 10 a.m. to noon for complimentary Centennial Coffee.

George Washington’s Birthday Bonfire

Feb. 22, 6 p.m.
University Yard
Celebrate the 280th birthday of the University’s namesake and father of the country with friends, tunes from colonial times and s’mores. In case of inclement weather, the celebration will be held at the women’s basketball senior night game.

Women’s Basketball Game – Senior Night

Feb. 22, 7 p.m.
Smith Center
What better way to honor the school’s history than with athletic spirit? Cheer on the team against the La Salle Explorers. The first 100 to arrive will receive a centennial prize. Tickets or GWorld required for entry.

The Real George: Leadership and Character

Feb. 23, 5 to 6 p.m.
Jack Morton Auditorium, Media and Public Affairs Building
Learn from experts about who George Washington was by separating the truth from the myths. Online pre-registration required.

Voices: Celebrating African American Legacy in Foggy Bottom

Feb. 28, 6 to 7 p.m. (reception afterwards)
Jack Morton Auditorium, Media and Public Affairs Building
Hear life stories from long-term Foggy Bottom residents in a panel discussion. Reception will feature food from Ben’s Chili Bowl. Online pre-registration required.

Foggy Bottom Historical Walking Tour History Hunt

March 3, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Leaving from Marvin Center Great Hall
Join other students, staff, neighbors and alumni to discover the historical secrets nestled in Foggy Bottom. Partners can enter for a chance to win $100 cash each.

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