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Tonight’s First Thursday Postponed Due To Weather, Rescheduled for April 21

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ALEXANDRIA, VA – Due to weather, the April First Thursday will be postponed to Thursday, April 21. Please note: The event will be delayed two weeks because of ACPS’ Spring Break schedule.

First Thursday returns to Del Ray on Thursday, April 21, with the theme Books on Parade! The monthly street festival takes place from 6 p.m. to dusk along Mount Vernon Avenue, and is free and open to all.

In April, dress up as your favorite book or movie character and stroll along Mount Vernon Avenue and enjoy live music from Mars Rodeo, plus themed activities, including story time and STEM activities with April’s featured non-profit, The Spitfire Club, an extracurricular book club built around children’s books featuring strong, diverse, female protagonists. By creating demand for and building an inclusive community around diverse girl-positive books, The Spitfire Club enhances literacy and social-emotional skills, nurturing each Spitfire’s love of reading, love of self, and love for Spitfires across all communities. .

Participants are encouraged to bring children’s books and upcycle craft materials for The Spitfire Club; for a list of needed materials, visit The Spitfire Club will also host a raffle for tickets to the April 26th Washington Capitals vs. New York Islanders game, plus a $100 gift card from The Garden; raffle tickets will be available at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, located at the intersection of Mount Vernon and Oxford Avenues.

The Del Ray Business Association also announced the complete line-up of First Thursdays:

NEW DATE: APRIL 21: Books on Parade!
MAY 5: Dog Days in Del Ray
JUNE 2: Unmask Your Superhero
JULY 7: Red, White, and Blue
AUGUST 4: Aloha Thursday
SEPTEMBER 1: Show Your Spirit

Held the first Thursday from April to September along Mount Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, First Thursday is a series of free outdoor street festivals that bring the community together around a fun theme, benefiting a local nonprofit. The April First Thursday is sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association and Windmill Hill Design Build. For more information, visit

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