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First Night Alexandria one of area's largest New Year's celebrations

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Metro will be open later Monday for the New Year's Eve party-goers and in Alexandria, it’s a First Night celebration including fireworks.

From the Masonic Temple to the Waterfront, Old Town Alexandria was a buzz ahead of the area’s biggest New Year’s Eve party.

First Night Alexandria organizers are excited over the return of the evening’s star attraction: the fireworks.

Last year there were no fireworks at the Masonic Temple because of a new law, but Monday night, barges will line up on the Potomac near Old Town and usher in 2013 with a 15-minute display.

“It’s a tradition they should bring back. They’ll have a great turnout,” says Holly Balcom Mensh of Prince William County.

But it’s not just about midnight. Throughout the day, choirs and bands set the mood at different Old Town locations

“Whatever is in this book, that’s what you’re going to find,” says one child on a scavenger hunt.

For one day only, the city loosened up its strict food truck laws to allow a taste of some mobile cuisines.

“I was actually surprised to see this down here today,” says Marshall DeBerry of Alexandria.

As for food, the stakes couldn’t be any higher for Old Town restaurants. The chef at Brabo started working weeks ago on Monday night’s tasting menu. He expects 200 guests for New Year’s Eve dinner.

“It’s a big day. It’s important to us. We want to make sure everything is perfect,” says Chris Watson.

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