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New Events Planned for First Night Alexandria This Year

New Year's Eve fireworks
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ALEXANDRIA, VA- First Night Alexandria is a treasured tradition.  Held on New Year’s Eve for 29 years,  it is an alcohol-free celebration for the whole family. There is live music, food, art, and, of course, fireworks at midnight. This year, organizers will introduce new events.

For families who cannot stay out late, there will be twilight fireworks. This way the whole family can enjoy the show without missing bedtime.  See them at 6 p.m. on Alexandria’s Waterfront. But don’t worry. This is simply an additional opportunity for families to enjoy fireworks. The midnight show is on as always.

Remember the Fun Hunt. It returns this year after a five-year absence. with new ways to enjoy Old Town Alexandria. A day of adventure and education could lead to prizes. The adventure will end at the Block Party in Market Square.

The Block Party takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. Enjoy live music, a “Cool Happy New  Year” demonstration, and even more fun.

For details and ticket info, visit

First Night Alexandria is sponsored by the City of Alexandria, Dominion Energy, and Virginia Paving Company.

According to the First Night Alexandria website, similar celebrations take place around the world. The event’s beginning stemmed from civic-minded artists in Boston who sought to create an alternative to to traditional New Year’s Eve celebrations. For one night, places like coffee shops, stores, and other locations are transformed into performance venues.

Have questions? Visit a helpful FAQ page HERE. [SEE ALSO: Volunteer Alexandria Holding Annual Toy Drive Until Dec. 14]

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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