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First Night Alexandria Making Plans to Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2020

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ALEXANDRIA, VA -Since the pandemic arrived in Alexandria, public events have been pretty much nonexistent. In recent months, most event planning has adapted, switching to virtual to help keep residents safe and healthy. Tonight, there is good news to report about an annual tradition.

First Night Alexandria will host its 26th Annual New Year’s Eve celebration on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020. While there will be more details released in the coming weeks, a statement from the non-profit organization indicates the event will be a hybrid of virtual and in-person activities, including concerts.

“We invite you to join us as we support the greater community with curated entertainment that is
designed for families and friends to gather safely, have fun and make memories,” said Marilyn Patterson, Executive Director of First Night Alexandria. “Additionally, we’re excited to expand the reach of our audience and earn the opportunity to become part of their holiday legacy.”

In past years, the alcohol-free event has drawn thousands for its music and fireworks display.

Chris Reddick, President of the Board of Directors calls the celebration an unforgettable experience.

“Whether you attend in person or online,” he said, “you will be glad you experienced First Night Alexandria, a regional treasure to be savored.”

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Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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