First Night Boston 2020 FestivitiesNov 01, 2019 Blog Neoscape
In 1975, a New Year’s celebration known as “Boston’s First Night” was born. Now, close to forty-five years later, the event is more popular than ever, with a million people attending annually. There are many lively New Year’s parties and events in the city, but none of them are quite as vibrant as First Night. Residents of the South End luxury condominium residences at 100 Shawmut will find themselves just a quick moment from the festivities.
First Night is a free, family-friendly, all-ages event. As is tradition, there will be a series of massive, jaw-dropping ice sculptures created by local artists. Last year, these creations were replicas of famous landmarks from around the globe. This year’s lineup of music and cultural performances cover a wide range of styles: from puppet and dance shows and sing-alongs to improv and jazz performances. Shows begin at noon on New Year’s Eve and run through the ball drop at midnight.
The fun-filled “People’s Procession” will start at 6 pm in Copley Square and end in Boston Common, with dramatic performances throughout the parade. There will also be two fireworks displays. One begins at Boston Common at 7 pm and is the ideal celebration for those with earlier bedtimes, and the Copley Countdown hits the sky at midnight in Copley Square. They are both worth checking out, but the midnight show—which lights up Boston Harbor—is a true pyrotechnic extravaganza.
With each passing year, the folks behind First Night dedicate themselves to raising the bar. They never rest on the time-tested cachet of the event itself but strive to make every New Year’s its own unique event that builds upon the prior year. Follow them on Twitter (@FirstNight) and Facebook (@FirstNightBoston) for updates and check their site for details.