What are the dates/times for First Night and First Day?

First Night: Saturday, December 31, 2015 | Noon – 12:30 AM
First Day: Sunday, January 1, 2016 | 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Where are the activities being held?

The majority of the First Night First Day’s activities will be held in Boston’s Copley Square. Partner programming will occur during similar hours at the Prudential Center, Boston Public Library and Old South Church. Additional New Years activities can also be found on the Boston Common.

Do we need to buy buttons for First Night First Day?

Thanks to our generous sponsors, all First Night First Day activities are free and “unbuttoned”!

Is Public Transportation Available?

Yes, and we would advise taking it as parking will be limited. The most direct access via MBTA is the Green Line to Copley Station. There is no scheduled transportation for elderly provided by First Night First Day.

Where are the best opportunities for parking?

We recommend reserving parking in advance with SpotHero! To reserve your parking spot today, visit the Copley Square SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up. First Night First Day does not have specified event garages, but the following are close by: Clarendon Garage at 100 Clarendon St. and garages at Copley Place, Prudential Center, and the Boston Common.

Visit our Promotions page for parking discounts!

What road closures and traffic advisories will be in effect?

Dartmouth Street will be closed from St. James to Boylston from December 31st through January 1st. Trinity Place and Blagden Street will be closed on the 31st and 1st. Boylston Street will be closed from 5:30 – 7:00 PM on the 31st along the parade route from Dartmouth St. to the Boston Common.

Will there be fireworks?

Of course! Boston’s Family Fireworks sponsored by The Mugar Foundation will take place on the Boston Common at 7:00 PM on December 31st. You may also ring in the New Year with the Countdown on Copley featuring an amazing pyrotechnics show launched from the roof of the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel.

What entertainment will there be?

There will be artistic and musical performances covering Boston’s diverse culture and talent, ice sculptures, light displays, fireworks, a Procession, and many other entertaining activities. To see our full list of events, locations and times please visit the Schedule page.

Where can I dance?

We encourage folks to join the People’s Procession starting at 6:00 PM on the 31st to the Common, dancing along both sides of Boylston. The main stage at Copley Square will feature a variety of evening entertainment fun for the whole family from 7:30 PM to 12:30 AM.

When can I see the ice sculptures being carved?

On-site ice sculpting depends on favorable weather and will begin during the week leading up to First Night.

Is there a countdown to midnight?

Of course! There will be a countdown to midnight and pyrotechnic display during the Countdown on Copley in Copley Square.

Is this a family friendly event?

Yes! There will be plenty of interactive activities that encourage participation from both adult and youth audiences. Youth activities include puppet demonstrations, dance lessons, the People’s Procession from Copley to the Common, street performers, arts and crafts at the Boston Public Library, magic shows, face painting, and more! To see the full list of activities, visit the Schedule page.

I want to donate to First Night First Day, how can I do that?

Thank you! In order to keep our activities free, we need your support! If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to First Night First Day, please click the button below:

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Where can I find a schedule of events and locations?

Our website will be continually updated leading up to the event. Find the latest information on the Schedule page.

Will there be any discounts offered for shopping and dining in the area?

Yes, retail and restaurant discounts are listed on the Promotions page, and many will also be posted on social media.


I want to volunteer, whom can I contact?

To volunteer for First Night First Day, please click here to fill out the volunteer form.