New Years 2015 in Washington DC

Looking for a New Year’s Eve celebration that isn’t just a tiresome champagne party? Are you sick of the same old noisemakers, streamers, and balloons? Take the whole family out on a night you can all enjoy! There are plenty of options abound for the family in DC that take place just minutes—by car or by Metro—outside of DC proper.

In Annapolis, Maryland, 30 miles east of DC, celebrate First Night 2015 with live entertainment and two fireworks displays on the banks of Chesapeake Bay.  All admission and events are free of charge.  Further afield, in Virginia, even more options are available.  In Vienna, the celebration is likewise free; the party is centered on historic Church Street.  Local food trucks string along the street, and hands-on activities, live music, and children’s giveaways continue on into the night (there’s even an early celebration for families with young kids who wish to party earlier).  In Fairfax, a New Year’s tradition continues with the Fairfax Four Miler, an end-of-the-year race that benefits the Fairfax Police Youth Club.  There’s a post-race party in Old Town that includes food and live entertainment—the actual race begins at 6 p.m sharp. 

In Winchester, dine out at local restaurants that are open for “First Taste of Winchester,” hit the town center for live bluegrass, ole-time, jazz, and folk music, and then watch the historical “apple drop” at midnight.  A similar evening of celebrations takes place in Falls Church, Virginia for “Watch Night”—live entertainment, a 66-foot dragon obstacle course and Velcro wall for the kids, face painting, discounted meals at local restaurants, and lowering of a traditional star that was first lit in 1948, the first year Falls Church became recognized as a separate city.  Plenty of options for all types of families! Make the first night of 2015 unique and equally memorable.

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