First Night

For over 40 years, Boston’s First Night has been a cherished tradition and a signature event for our city. It has been a successful New Year’s Eve celebration of artistic performances, the wonders of the season and the beginning of a new year.

In keeping with this fantastic Boston tradition, the First Night celebration in 2017 will continue to be free and open to all. Entertainment and special attractions will be focused in Copley Square and the Boston Common. Many of the beloved traditions of First Nights past will be retained, including the People’s Procession at 6:00PM, fantastic ice sculptures, light displays and Fireworks; including Boston’s Family Fireworks over the common at 7:00 PM produced by The Mugar Foundation and our signature Countdown to Copley pyrotechnics and light show in Copley Square at Midnight. In addition, arts and musical performances will take place in numerous inside and outside venues around the heart of the event from noon to midnight.

First Night is very excited to announce our partnership with Countdown NBC Boston, NECN, and Telemundo Boston
 to broadcast live the First Night festivities for 2017. There will be on-air talent in Copley Square from 6:00 PM – 12:30 AM. Telemundo Boston will broadcast from 11:00 PM – 12:30 AM and Comcast SportsNet New England will also be simulcasting the broadcast from 6:00 PM – 12:30 AM.

First Day

Copley Square will welcome New Year’s revelers to participate in activities devoted to families and children’s entertainment from noon to 4:00PM.

All FIRST NIGHT FIRST DAY festival events will be free and open to the public.


City of Boston
Highland Street Foundation
City of Boston Credit Union
Mabel Louise Riley Foundation
Plumbers & Gasfitters Local 12
Conventures, Inc.
Gourmet Caterers
Boston Cultural Council
Lynch Foundation
Oxford Properties Group
Back Bay Association
Boston Bruins Foundation
Boston Foundation
Downtown Boston Business Improvement District
Dunkin’ Donuts
New England Regional Council of Carpenters