Leesburg Readies for First Friday Road Closure Experiment

All eyes will be the week’s First Friday, which could offer a telling sign for the future look of the popular monthly event.

On Friday, Aug. 2, the block of King Street between Loudoun and Market streets will close to vehicular traffic as part of a “Stroll the Streets” running in correlation with First Friday. It’s an undertaking by 27 South owner and Economic Development Commissioner Nick McCarter, who is footing the bill for the event as a test case of sorts for potentially a longer conversation about whether a King Street closure should be a regular occurrence on First Friday.

McCarter is hoping that the street closure will make First Friday more of a draw for young families and others who don’t want to battle the crowded sidewalks and instead could use the empty street to walk around the downtown area.

“We’re really excited to see this small change deliver big results for all of the Leesburg friends and families strolling the streets for First Friday,” McCarter said this week.

“The Town of Leesburg supports the Frist Friday events.The road closure, while it will require a detour, will allow the crowds to move freely in and around all the businesses on King Street.This will add a new element to the Frist Friday experience,” Mayor Kelly Burk said. “I look forward to walking around to all the small businesses every Frist Friday, I am very interested to see how it all goes.”

The street closure is expected to run from 6:30-10 p.m. Friday.

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