5 New Year's Eve Fireworks Displays Near Washington, D.C.

Ring in the New Year with a Colorful Display of Pyrotechnics

Fireworks behind the USS Constellation at Baltimore's Inner Harbor New Year's Celebration
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Looking for New Year’s Eve fireworks in the Washington, D.C. area? There are plenty of lively ways to celebrate in the nation’s capital, but if you have your heart set on ringing in the new year with a brilliant display of fireworks, you might have to head out to the suburbs in Maryland or Northern Virginia. These places host some of the most spectacular parties in the region, beginning with live entertainment and culminating with a colorful display of pyrotechnics at midnight. 

First Night Alexandria

The family-friendly New Year’ Eve celebration features musical performances at dozens of indoor venues in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. The event finale, at midnight, includes a beautiful display of fireworks over the Potomac River. The best views are from anywhere along the Potomac River waterfront. If you would like to attend indoor performances, tickets will be required.

New Year’s Annapolis

In Annapolis, Maryland, the City Dock comes to life with a wide range of musical entertainment. The celebration includes two fireworks displays, an early show at 7:30 pm for families and early-risers and a traditional midnight spectacular to ring in the new year. The best viewing areas are aboard a boat in the city harbor, from Susan Campbell Park and along Main Street. Other suggested areas include public spaces northeast of the Severn River, any of the street-end parks facing Spa Creek.

Baltimore New Year's Eve Spectacular

Ring in the new year with a bang in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. You'll find that many restaurants offer spectacular views and host special events on New Year's Eve, but the best views are aboard a cruise or anywhere within a close range of the harbor. There will be live music and entertainment at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater until midnight.

First Night Winchester

The largest family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley features live entertainment throughout the evening. Performances include folk, jazz, bluegrass, oldies, puppet shows, kids events and more. Local restaurants offer discounts in First Taste of Winchester. At midnight, the community welcomes in the new year with the official “Apple Drop” and midnight fireworks display. The best views are from the Loudoun Street Mall.

Big Night D.C.

Watch the New Year's Eve fireworks display over the Potomac at a gala at National Harbor's Gaylord National Resort and Hotel. The Big Night D.C. party will include five dance floors, fifteen themed party areas, a lineup packed with bands, and DJs, and that fireworks view. Every year, more than 9,000 people attend this party with drinks, food, and entertainment. Tickets begin at over hundred dollars and go up as the event approaches, with different prices for different ticket options.

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