Alexandrians consider George Washington a hometown boy, so they plan to do him proud this weekend in honor of the 254th anniversary of his birth.

"Gentlemen, make ready, fire!" sounds off this Saturday at 9 a.m. when a revolutionary soldier starts the Third Annual George Washington Birthday Classic 10K race. You can sign up from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Holiday Inn, 480 King Street, Old Town. Early risers can sign up on race day from 6:30 to 8:30 at Market Square in front of City Hall, 301 King Street, Old Town; the race begins at King and Royal streets. Entry fee is $10 and includes a T-shirt. 836-1926.

Re-created British and American military units pitch their tents in a free living history demonstration this Sunday from 11 through 2 at Fort Ward Museum and Historical Site, 4301 W. Braddock Road. You can see what camp life was like during the Revolution and even see Yanks and Brits engage in a skirmish beginning at 2. 549-7268 or 549- 0205.

If you've got Monday off, you can line up on the streets of Old Town for the 188th Annual Washington's Birthday Parade. From 1 to 2:30, the streets will be alive with a hundred colonial regiments, military bands and fife and drum corps, floats, high school marching bands and clowns. The parade begins in Old Town at South Saint Asaph and Wilkes streets and ends up 16 blocks later at South Fairfax and Gibbon streets. By Metrorail, exit from the Eisenhower station on the Yellow line; take free DASH shuttle bus from Hoffman parking lot adjacent to the Metro station. The shuttle runs from 11 to 5 into Old Town. 549-7268.