We found this article in the Alexandria Gazette and transcribed parts of it.
February 23, 1876
Grand Military & Civic Parade
Banquet and Speeches
The Blue and the Gray
Full Account of the Procession
The 22nd of February is always an occasion of rejoicing by the people of Alexandria. They seldom fail to hail the anniversary of Washington’s birthday without some public demonstration in honor of the departed statesman and hero, and as time wears on and year after year passes, bringing with his birthday renewed demonstrations of honor to his virtues and valor, society might indeed to pause to contemplate the spectacle of the imperishable fruits of his example that continues to pass down the generations and centuries, and to receive the public plaudits of his grateful and admiring countrymen and the encomiums of the liberty-loving world.
The day was of all others a gala day for Alexandria. The city was arrayed to all her beauty, and dressed out in her loveliest hues to gratify her citizens and to entertain her illustrious guests.
Banners kissed the gale and floated in glee, and as the Fifth Regiment and Company A, Washington Light Infantry, and Columbia Cadets arrived from Baltimore and Washington, their approach was greeted by the deep boom of the cannon’s opening roar.
Nearly every building in the line of march was more or less ornamented with flags and other decorations, and from every balcony and window eyes dark as midnight, or blue as ether, shown down like stars upon the splendid pageant below.
Ten thousand visitors, it is estimated, swelled the native population in dense crowds of delighted spectators that thronged the streets and presented a panorama of breathing humanity, buoyant with animation and exciting in spectacle unique and entertaining.
Note: The population of Alexandria in 1870 and 1880 was about 13,500.
Looking down King Street it seemed to be fairly lined with bunting. “Welcome to Virginia,” “Virginia Greets her Guests,” Welcome Fifth Maryland,” were among the hundred of mottoes displayed.
About two o’clock p.m. the Fifth and Washington Light Infantry stacked arms in front of the Corn and Exchange Building and then filed up stairs.
Note: The Corn and Exchange Building is at 100 King.
The festivities of the day closed with a grand dance for the benefit of the Alexandria Library. Dancing was kept up to four in the morning.