Boston’s First Night celebration dates back to the 1970’s, and there was a time when its budget was in the millions. By 2013 that budget was almost nonexistant, forcing the city and private donors to take action in order to preserve the tradition.
The past several years have brought lukewarm celebrations at best, but First Night 2018 is shaping up to once again be the fabulous, two-day, city-wide event we all know and love!
This season – after a two year drought – the spectacular fireworks that once put Boston up there with the best New Year’s celebrations in the country are back!
According to the Boston Globe, $80,000 has been raised by waterfront groups in part to cover two fireworks displays over Boston Harbor with viewing in the North End and the Seaport. They will be set off at midnight, immediately after the countdown.
The fireworks represent a major difference between Boston’s First Night and the better-known celebration in New York’s Time Square. Their return is sure to raise spirits and be met with an epic response from New Year’s revelers.
Some of the other traditions you can expect to enjoy as we usher in 2018 include: the People’s Procession down Boylston Street at 6:00 PM, themed ice sculptures, various arts and musical performances across the city, 7:00 PM Family Fireworks in Boston Common, and a pyrotechnics and light show accompanying the “Copley Countdown” in Copley Square at midnight.
One custom that Bostonians are sure to enjoy is the return of free access to the festivities. There will be no more despised buttons required for this year’s celebration.
The following day on January 1st, Copley Square invites younger revelers and their families to enjoy Boston’s First Day with activities and entertainment devoted to children from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
For more information and a full schedule of events, visit FirstNightBoston.org.