Did 2019 feel like the longest year ever to anyone else? With millions of TikToks to watch, a new meme every day, and a news cycle churning at break-neck speed in our backyard, this whirlwind year in DC felt like it lasted an entire decade. As we approach New Year’s Eve and prepare to welcome in a new decade, there are plenty of ways to celebrate in Washington DC. Whether you want to try out a new restaurant or bar in the District or spend all night at a glam party, we’ve got you covered with all the best ways to ring in 2020.
DC’s only fireworks to welcome in the new year take place across the Potomac in Alexandria. So embarking on a trip with Spirit Cruises is the best way to wrap up the year. The ship’s evening cruise will take you to a prime spot for the midnight show while also providing dinner, dancing, and plenty of drinks at the open bar. Spirit Cruises also offers a family lunch cruise that gets the bubbles flowing a bit earlier with a toast at noon.
Cost: Tickets start at $54.90 for the lunch cruise and $199.90 for the fireworks cruise
Choose a party from the plethora of ’20s galas
Many many locations around the District
We are entering 2020 after all. So naturally, there are several 1920s-themed parties this New Year’s Eve. Clubs in the District like Eden and The Park at 14th are hosting Gatsby-themed galas, but the sparkles aren’t limited to typically swanky places. The Showroom on 14th Street will also gussy up for a black tie event, and The Mansion on O Street – typically a museum and event venue – will also host a roaring ’20s party in the historic space. How’s that sound, Old Sport?
Cost: Prices vary
Dacha Navy Yard
For something a little different, Dacha will take you back to the disco decade. The glitzy indoor event will go glam for New Year’s Eve and offer an open bar with premium spirits, food buffet, light show, and midnight surprise at its ’70s-themed event. Plus, two DJs will provide a "disco chic" playlist all night long.
Cost: Tickets start at $115.57