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Where To Celebrate New Year's Eve In Washington, D.C.

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Updated: 23 November 2016
The year 2016 is finally coming to an end, and the world can breathe a collective sigh of relief. Humanity survived, barely. Now we’re all hoping 2017 will shape up to be bigger, brighter, and a lot more stable! Here’s where to ring in the new year in Washington, D.C.
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Party For Reproductive Rights

Saloon is hosting a New Year’s Eve bash, where all proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood. The charitable event promises a cash bar, live DJs, and a raffle – ring in the New Year getting tipsy for a cause! Your dollars are better spent here than a whole host of other places after all.

1205 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009, +1 202 462 2640

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Ain’t No Party Like A Gatsby Party

Sequoia and Prohibition are throwing a joint New Year’s Eve gala, and the theme is all things Gatsby. Expect stunning decor, glitter, flappers, and music from the roaring twenties. Of course, it wouldn’t be a party of Jay Gatsby’s unless the champagne is flowing freely, so your ticket also grants you open bar access. There’s even a food buffet. In true Gatsby fashion, Sequoia is a waterfront property, situated on the Potomac River, so you can even meekly gaze in search of a green light in the distance.

3000 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007, +1 202 944 4200

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Party Like It’s 1996

The luxurious Hyatt Regency Hotel, nestled on Capitol Hill, will host an evening of retrograde time-travel. The 90’s themed New Year’s bash will play nostalgic tunes from everyone’s favorite decade. The event promises photo booths (oh, those were the days), 90’s games, confetti cannons, fifteen bars, two ballroom floors, and a rooftop lounge. Let’s go back to simpler times, instead of the menacing 2017!

400 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, +1 202 737 1234

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Odyssey Cruises

This water-based luxury option offers a fine-dining experience that promises smooth sailing ahead. A seat on the elegant dinnertime cruise comes complete with a four-course meal, live music, and a modern, sleek glass-paneling design for sweeping 360-degree views of the Potomac. New Year’s Eve tickets cost $250 per adult and make for the ideal romantic evening.

Boarding location: 600 Water Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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First Night Alexandria

The massive celebration spans through dozens of venues in Old Town Alexandria. The city-wide party offers 150 live performances at 28 venues, along with interactive games and family-friendly activities. The event concludes with a massive, vibrant fireworks display over the Potomac River as the clock strikes midnight. Luckily, the only thing that divides DC and Alexandria is the river, so you can catch the show from the District’s shore as well.

1 Prince St, Alexandria, VA 22314