Magical memories of First Night First Day linger in the minds of the thousands who participated as artists, sculptors, pyro-technicians, musicians, performers, volunteers, dancers, singers, light-technicians and revelers of all ages.

Our enthusiastic gratitude goes out to the many community-minded sponsors whose generosity made First Night First Day a reality. Their support of this family-friendly tradition made it all possible.

Our thanks also to the icons of Copley Square: Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, the Boston Public Library, Trinity Church and Old South Church for their enormous contributions. In addition, the hotels, restaurants and attractions that participated enhanced the experience for us all.

A heartfelt thank you to Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, Police Commissioner William Evans, Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn, Parks & Recreation Commissioner Chris Cook and their dedicated staffs who helped in the planning and execution of the festivities.

Finally to YOU who joined us in marking the end of the old year and the beginning of a new one. Thank you for celebrating with us. We hope to see you back again at First Night First Day 2019.

First Night

Since 1975, Boston’s First Night has been a 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 2018 will continue to be free and open to all. 

Entertainment and special attractions will be focused in Copley Square and Back Bay. Many of the beloved traditions of First Night’s past will continue, including cultural and musical performances in various indoor venues around the Back Bay, fantastic ice sculptures, light displays, the People’s Procession at 6:00 PM, and 7:00 PM Family Fireworks sponsored by The Mugar Foundation in Boston Common. Join us and NBC Boston for our signature midnight Countdown on Copley pyrotechnics and light show in Copley Square. Please visit our full schedule of events for more details!

Through the efforts of Friends of Christopher Columbus Park, Boston Harbor Now, and the Wharf District Council there will also be a midnight fireworks display over Boston Harbor with viewing in the North End and the Seaport.

First Day

Copley Square will welcome New Year’s revelers to participate in activities devoted to families and children’s entertainment from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

Thank you for joining our scavenger hunt!

Hundreds of you braved the cold to participate in our First Night Boston Scavenger Hunt! We couldn't have done it without our amazing players and supporters. Congratulations to confirmed winner Angel Garcia Martin!