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What to expect at the 25th annual First Night Alexandria

The family-friendly New Year’s Eve event returns to Old Town for a night of music, fireworks over the Potomac River and kids’ activities.

fireworks over the potomac river
Photo courtesy of Visit Alexandria

If you’re looking for a New Year’s Eve celebration that’s a classic on the Northern Virginia lineup, look no further than First Night Alexandria.

Now in its 25th year, the annual event is a live music and performing arts festival that coincides with the largest New Year’s Eve party in the DC region.

This year’s family-friendly event will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., and includes the only fireworks display in the DC metro area over the Potomac River at midnight. 

Live performances will include music of all genres, like country, Caribbean, rock, reggae, jazz, swing, folk and a cappella throughout King Street. There will also be comedy and magic shows for the whole family to enjoy. 

Boutiques, art galleries and other historic establishments along the King Street Mile will be open to provide warmth from the cold, and age-appropriate activities (dubbed the Kids Karnival) will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Charles Houston Recreation Center, the Washington Street United Methodist Church, the Mount Vernon Recreation Center and the William Ramsay Recreation Center. 

fireworks over old town alexandria
Photo courtesy of Visit Alexandria

Beginning at 10 p.m., First Night Alexandria will transform into an adult party alongside the waterfront for the Rockin’ on the River dance party at Waterfront Park. Dj Ray Casiano, food trucks, prizes and the fireworks finale will be highlights of this portion of the evening. 

Tickets are required to attend the Rockin’ on the River party, and can be purchased for $30 before Dec. 31, and for $35 on Dec. 31. Kids Karnvial tickets are $5 for children ages 2 to 12 and free for parents and infants. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit firstnightalexandria.org/buy-tickets

Click here for more adult-friendly New Year’s Eve events, and find Noon Year’s Events and other kids’ parties for New Year’s Eve here.

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