- February 2 – The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors makes permanent a temporary restriction imposed on December 8 limiting new head shops to the county's four regional shopping malls: Tysons Corner, Fair Oaks, Springfield, and Seven Corners. The zoning change does not affect the county's roughly six existing head shops.
- February 2 – A stolen 1975 Mustang is rigged to crash into the gym of J. E. B. Stuart High School, causing $15,000 worth of damage. 
- "New Head Shops Limited to 4 Malls By Fairfax Board"Evening Star, 3 Feb. 1981, Three Star TUESDAY FINAL, p. 50. NewsBank. Accessed 23 Dec. 2017.
- Winner, Christopher P. "Rigged Car Smashes Doors, Stops In School Gymnasium." Evening Star, 3 Feb. 1981, Three Star TUESDAY FINAL, p. 40. NewsBank. Accessed 23 Dec. 2017.
|Fairfax County by Year: 1981|
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