Celebrated every year on a Saturday near Founder Robert E. Simon, Jr.' s birthday (April 10), Founder's Day is a celebration of Reston's founding with a variety of family-friendly activities.

Join the Reston Museum for Founder’s Day April 10, 2021 by engaging in numerous virtual activities celebrating Reston’s founding. One of Reston’s founding principles is "That beauty - structural and natural – is a necessity of the good life and should be fostered." Enjoying all of Reston’s engaging open space is something we can all do during the pandemic in a socially distanced way.


On Founder’s Day visit Reston Museum’s YouTube Founder’s Day playlist or below to learn about Reston’s public art, listen to a reading in English and Spanish of the soon to be published Reston Baby Board Book and enjoy performances by Reston’s local talent.

We invite you to engage with Reston’s founding principles through the following fun opportunities:


  • Explore Reston’s public art on Public Art Reston’s website or download their public art map and other art activities to explore in person.


  • Share your exploration with us! Submit a 2-3 minute video using your phone at your favorite place in Reston. We’d love to hear about a favorite memory or a description about what you love about that place. Or take a picture with the sculpture of Reston’s Founder Robert E. Simon, Jr. Untold Stories by Zachary Oxman (also known as “Bronze Bob”) at Lake Anne Plaza. Submissions can be sent to through April 30. A curated selection will be available on May 24, 2021.

Learn more about Reston's founding.