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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 the family-fireworks over the common at 7:00 PM produced by the Mugar Foundation and our signature Countdown to Copley firework display 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 NECN/NBC Boston to live broadcast the First Night festivities for 2017. This will include live on-air talent stationed in Copley Square from 6:00 PM through Midnight.

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
Lynch Foundation
Oxford Properties Group
Boston Bruins Foundation
Dunkin’ Donuts