The Del Ray Business Association presents First Thursday Porch Party: Superheroes of Del Ray from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 4. In the spirit of Del Ray's summer street festivals, the event features a wide range of activities that promote community while maintaining social distancing standards.

    Wear your mask (and your cape or superhero costume!), keep proper social distance, and participate in these community activities:

-- Support our restaurants: Order dinner and drinks for carryout from one of Del Ray's restaurants, and have dinner on your front porch, front steps, or front yard, and wave to neighbors from a distance! For a list of the operating status and ordering information for our restaurants, visit

-- Be a hero to kids in need! Participants are encouraged to donate canned food for Blessings in a Backpack, which provides food staples to  Mt. Vernon Community School children in need. Our goal is to collect 1,000 non-perishable food items! While all canned foods are accepted, the most needed items are beans, rice, and peanut butter. On Thursday, June 4 (by 4 p.m.), plastic tubs or boxes will be placed on Mount Vernon Avenue at the intersection of all streets from Hume to Braddock; in front of the Mount Vernon Recreation Center; and at the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and the following streets: Braddock, Monroe, Alexandria Ave., Windsor, Del Ray, and Ashby. Items will be picked up by 7:30 p.m.

-- Recognize YOUR Hero:  Do you have a friend, neighbor, or family member working the front lines in health care?  Has a business gone above and beyond to serve the community during this challenging time?  Has a teacher made an tremendous effort to reach your child while classrooms are closed?  Do you know someone working to help those in need?  Let's flood social media and unmask the heroes among us!  Post photos or videos on your social media accounts with the hashtags #VisitDelRay and #delrayheroes 

-- Show community spirit: On First Thursday, wear your favorite superhero costume, decorate your house, porch, door, or sidewalks -- get creative and decorate in any way you wish! Post photos or videos on your social media accounts with the hashtags #VisitDelRay and #delrayheroes

      First Thursdays is a series of free outdoor street festivals along Mount Vernon Avenue in the spring and summer. Every first Thursday of the months of April, May, June, July, August and September the Del Ray Business Association features businesses along Mt. Vernon Avenue, special events, food and music.   Each month has a different theme with activities for children, live music, and a festive atmosphere.  Pets welcome!

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