I know it can be stressful and time consuming when preparing for a Washington dc new years. This highly celebrated and magical night is not just a national holiday, it is recognized world wide, despite being celebrated at twenty four different moments in real time.
Every country has their own traditions and celebrate in their own special way, but the holiday generally represents a clean slate and a fresh start. Many use New Years Day to start over. We take a look at our past year and strive to make the next one better, which is why most cultures in most countries follow the tradition of making New Years resolutions. Some countries, like Greece and Italy, even thrown old items that negatively represent the past year right out of the window.
Many cultures also celebrate with fireworks. The fireworks represent the opposite of throwing things out the window. They are a celebration of the past year and all the blessings and good memories it brought us. They are also a great way to start the year with a bang and end the previous one with excitement and a beautiful visual display. Rio De Janeiro has one of the largest fireworks displays in the world for New Years Eve. Sydney, Australia, London, England and Paris, France also have some huge displays accompanied by large street parties.
One more thing that is common worldwide in the last few hours of each year is parties. People gather in large groups to eat delicious food that they would not usually splurge on, dance with more energy than they would on a normal party night, and usually have a few extra beers or cocktails. Many large cities close down a couple main streets in order to pack them full of inebriated locals and visitor from all over the world. The stores, restaurants, and shops on these streets take advantage of the special occasion to hike up their prices and offer specialty items and deals for everyone to enjoy.
When it comes to parties, DC is not different. Washington DC and it’s surrounding Virginia and Maryland areas throw some great parties. Many clubs make the night extra special with top tier local and world renowned DJ’s and party favors. They also try to make it easy by including open bars and at least some light appetizers in their cover charge. With so many deals, it can be hard to find the best one for your hard earned buck.
A really unique way to experience the DC New Years Eve is with a view of the city from the Potomac River. Odyssey Cruises offers a New Years Eve cruise from nine pm to two am over the countdown. This cruise is equipped with everything other parties have to offer, only it is accompanied by the serene rocking of the boat. They have entertainment, a really great dinner, party favors, a dance floor that goes all night, and probably the best view of fireworks in the area. They light up the national monuments making them appear even more magical than they do on every other night.
The Washington Plaza Hotel is hosting its eleventh annual New Year’s Eve James Bond 007 Gala. This party has a bunch of great stuff that is included in the price. They offer five international buffets, so no matter what your taste buds desire, they have it, including more than one elaborate dessert stations. The open bar is premium and also includes unlimited champagne all night which is passed out generously before midnight. Two huge ball drops help to end the countdown and festivities include fun photo opportunities with the parties Bond Girls, party favors, and mock gambling.
Right across the river in Alexandria they thrown a New Years Eve party in the streets called First Night. This celebration is for people of all ages, so families can bring their kids out for fun starting at noon December 31st. Family activities include story time, a joke fest, a magic show, and free cookie decorating. Venus throughout Old Town Alexandria participate in First Night, giving over seventy performers a place to show their talent. Food and drinks are sold along the street as locals and visitors mingle and celebrate the last few hour of the year.
With so many New Year Events in and close by Washington DC, it is no wonder people stay in town and visitors come from all over year after year. No matter if you’re looking for a family event that kids and adults can participate in and enjoy, or a high energy night out filled with booze, fun, and dancing, DC has it all. Most events are there to bring the community together in celebration so it will be tough not to have a good time. Find the one that matching your desired evening and let the magic of our nation’s capital take it from there.
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