New Year’s Eve conjures up a few collective images: streamers, champagnes, cheers, a kiss at midnight, and—of course—fireworks! Unfortunately, Washington, D.C., doesn’t put on a proper firework show in celebration of the new year. (Boo! Hiss!) But fret not Washingtonians! A number of neighboring cities and events—all just a short drive, Metro, or Uber away—will still be lighting up the sky in honor of the new year. So if fireworks are a crucial part of your New Year’s Eve, before the countdown begins and Washingtonians gather to usher in 2023, check out where you can ring in the new year with a sparkle and a bang!
Old Town Alexandria
Just across the Potomac River, Old Town Alexandria will be ringing in the new year with a midnight fireworks show! Given its close proximity to D.C., this is a great option for any Washingtonians looking to stay closer to home. Here’s the best-recommended viewing spots:
- Canal Center Plaza
- Rivergate Park (2 Montgomery Street)
- Oronoco Bay Park (100 Madison Street)
- Founders Park (351 N Union Street)
- Waterfront Park (1A Prince Street)
- Windmill Hill Park (501 S Union Street)
- Ford’s Landing Boardwalk (99 Franklin Street)
- Jones Point Park (Jones Point Drive)
- George Washington Masonic Temple (101 Callahan Drive)
Kings Dominon – WinterFest
If you’re looking for an untraditional and action-packed New Year’s Eve, then look no further! Kings Dominion is celebrating the new year with WinterFest, featuring more than 20 rides, live entertainment, drinks and fare, and a midnight fireworks show!
A slightly further drive, but equally as beautiful, teeming with fun-filled gatherings, and near the water, Annapolis is another hot spot for New Year’s Eve fun! Unfortunately, in preparation for the growing possibility of rainy weather, Annapolis has pushed its midnight firework display to Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. But hey, why not kickoff the first new year with a little firework fun?!
Merriweather Symphony of Lights – Columbia, Md.
Looking for something kid friendly? Or too tired from the holiday travel to make it to midnight? No worries! The Merriweather Symphony of Lights is offering a “Midnight @ 7” event—giving you the chance to see the magic early in be asleep by midnight! (No judgment here!)