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Washington's Ball at the Old Courthouse
February 22, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm FREE
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George Washington’s Birthday Ball

On Saturday, Feb. 22, the National Park Service celebrates President George Washington and his contributions to American history with an authentic birthday ball in his honor. Under the historic dome of the Old Courthouse, visitors will travel back in time, as music from 1860 will fill the courthouse rotunda and living history interpreters will lead the era’s most popular dances.

Before the ball, from 9-11 a.m., instructor Deborah Hyland will teach visitors historical dances from 1860. Then from 12-4 p.m., the Independent Silver will perform live, 19th-century music while living history interpreters lead celebratory dances. Cookies and apple cider will be served.

This event is free and open to all ages. Historical dress is not required to participate.


Old Courthouse
11 North 4th Street
St. Louis, MO 63102
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Phone: 877-982-1410
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FAIR SAINT LOUIS ADVISORY: On July 4, 5, & 6, the Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse will be open for visitors during Fair Saint Louis. Large crowds are expected at Gateway Arch National Park beginning mid-day through 10pm each day. All tram ticket holders are advised to arrive at the Arch grounds at least 45 minutes ahead of your scheduled tram time to go through two security checkpoints. Multiple street closures will be in place and parking will be in high demand – visit for a list of parking locations or plan to arrive by MetroLink to the 8th & Pine or Laclede’s Landing Stations. FAQ and event map available at

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