About First Night Alexandria, VA

First Night celebrations around the country are becoming more popular with each passing year. If you've never attended First Night Alexandria, (VA) you don't know what you're missing!

First Night Alexandria is a celebration of the new year through the performing arts. Retail stores, churches, museums and public buildings are turned into performance venues to showcase incredible local and regional talent. Recent performers at First Night Alexandria include a Grammy-nominated rock and roll guitarist, traditional jazz, country bands and a rising pop star as ell as clowns making balloon sculptures, face painters and magicians for children.

For a small fee for adults (children 12 and under and active military are free), you have access to all the entertainment, more than 100 performances, all evening! Everything is within easy walking distances. And we celebrate the dawning of a new year at midnight with a spectacular fireworks display on the Potomac River at the foot of King Street.

If you like the fireworks, help us keep bringing them to you. They are VERY EXPENSIVE. Contribute now!

It's all great fun, affordable, safe and venues are alcohol free. Make your plans now to join us for First Night Alexandria on December 31st. We'll update this site frequently so come back and see all the plans as they come together!


First Night History!

On New Year's Eve in 1978 three members of the City of Alexandria's Pipes and Drums, wearing the scarlet, green and yellow Clan Cameron tartan, flood the candlelit hall of Carlyle House with the shrill tones of the bagpipe and the steady beat of the drum.  At midnight a Pipes and Drums band member marches throught he back door of Carlyle House and onto the terrace.  Happy New Year is declared by all!

The current tradition of First Night Alexandria began in 1994.