Bicentennial events planned for Marine Corps' oldest post

21 Mar 2001 | Marine Barracks Public Affairs

"The Oldest Post of the Corps" proudly celebrates its 200th anniversary here this year. 

Since March 31, 1801, Marines of Marine Barracks Washington have provided faithful and diligent service to the Marine Corps and the nation.  In observance of this bicentennial year, several commemorative events have been planned for this spring and summer. 

The first event to occur will be the opening ceremony, held March 30, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the historic barracks on 8th and I streets.  The ceremony will consist of a traditional cake cutting, a plaque unveiling, and the raising of a commemorative "1801" national ensign.  The Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James L. Jones, will be the guest of honor.

A commemorative week is planned for the week of July 23-29.  The events for the week will honor former barracks Marines, as well as friends of the barracks.  Selected events will also be open to the general public. 

Throughout the week, "The President's Own" United States Marine Band, "The Commandant's Own" United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Silent Drill Platoon will perform special concerts and performances at sites throughout Washington, D.C.

The Commandant of the Marine Corps will host a "Special Evening Parade" July 26 at 8th and I in honor of all former Marines of the barracks.  This will be a closed parade and all former barracks Marines are invited to attend.

A homecoming cookout will take place on the parade deck July 28 from 7 to 11 p.m.  Former barracks Marines and families are invited to attend.

The barracks will also host an open house on Saturday, July 28, and Sunday, July 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.  The open house will consist of a historical exhibit in the John Philip Sousa Band Hall, as well as tours of the barracks, Center House, and the Home of the Commandants.  This event is open to the public.

A closing ceremony will culminate the bicentennial celebration during the final Evening Parade of the summer, Aug. 31.

Further information on bicentennial events can be found at, or by contacting the Protocol/Reservations office at (202) 433-4073/4076.