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First Night

An ice sculpture at First Night Boston

First Night is a North American artistic and cultural celebration on churches and theaters. Since it happens on New Year's Eve, First Night celebrations are actually held on the last night of the old year. First Night celebrates a community's local culture, often featuring music, dance, comedy, art, fireworks and, in some cities, ice sculptures and parades.


  • Boston 1
  • Other cities 2
  • National organization 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The first First Night was in

  • First Night USA

External links

  1. ^ "Has the Ball Dropped on First Night Worcester?". Worcester Magazine. December 2011. 
  2. ^ Nordheimer, Jon (1990-12-26). A New Year's Fete Of Art, Not Alcohol. New York Times. Retrieved on 2009-04-06.
  3. ^ Ford, Rosemary (2006-12-28). Carving out First Night Boston; Local ice sculptor lends frozen art to annual celebration. The Eagle Tribune. Retrieved on 2009-04-06.
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  5. ^ The Boston Globe . 
  6. ^ "Major cities plan New Year's parties". Denver Post. October 10, 1999. 
  7. ^ "First Night fireworks fizzle out". Worcester Telegram Gazette. December 9, 2009. 
  8. ^ Steve Brown (October 28, 2009). "First Night Boston Weathers Financial Storm". Retrieved 2009-12-24. 
  9. ^ Robert Faires (August 28, 2009). "First Night Austin: Going forward despite the turbulence". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-12-24. 
  10. ^ Rosemary Ponnekanti (October 18, 2007). "First Night getting new life: Organizers pare New Year's party". Retrieved 2009-12-24. 
  11. ^ a b "All First Night Cities for 2013/2014 New Years Eve". First Night Alexandria. Retrieved 2013-12-16. 
  12. ^ "New Year's Eve Celebration". Bright Night Providence. Retrieved 2009-12-24. 


Other celebrations on New Year's Eve, not labeled "First Night", have also sprung up. For example, in 2003, First Night Providence announced they planned to cancel future celebrations, which had been going on for 19 years. A group of local artists created Bright Night Providence, an artist-run New Year's Eve celebration based on the idea and spirit of First Night.[12]

First Night USA is the national off-shoot of the original Boston organization. It works with the numerous First Night licensed events throughout the United States.[11]

National organization

There are about 45 cities with First Night celebrations happening on New Year's Eve 2013/2014.[11]

During the Great Recession, which began in late 2007, many First Night celebrations faced financial difficulty, being scaled back or canceled.[8][9][10]

By 1999, First Night celebrations were being held in more than 200 cities.[6] In 2000, more than 260 cities had such a celebration.[7]

Other cities

In 2013, the non-profit First Night Boston organization closed for financial reasons, though Mayor Menino of Boston (in office for only another year) pledged to find private or public funding the January 2014 celebration.[4]On November 11, 2013, Mayor Menino announced he had acquired the necessary funding and that the 2013 First Night would be a “a bigger, brighter display than ever before.”[5]

In addition to the New Year's festival, First Night is deeply involved in Boston's art and culture communities via the Neighborhood Network. Started in 1994, the Neighborhood Network partners First Night with 25 community organizations throughout Boston's neighborhoods- including Dorchester, Mattapan, Jamaica Plain and South Boston- to engage young people and families in creative workshops with artists and educators. In 2000 First Night launched Summer Beat, a series of summer camp like dance and music workshops spread around the city of Boston.

Live coverage of the final part of Boston's First Night, including the countdown to midnight and fireworks over Boston Harbor that begin at the stroke of midnight, is broadcast by WBZ-TV. CBS, the station's parent company, is an official sponsor.

[3] In 2006, more than a million visitors attended First Night events, including free outdoor ice sculptures on Boston Common and in Copley Square, and waterfront fireworks.[2] Soon other surrounding communities started their own First Night celebrations. By the 1990s, the First Night Boston event was attracting works by over a thousand artists.[1]

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