Established on December 31, 1976 in Boston, First Night has become a world-famous New Year’s Eve celebration that unites visitors with the City of Boston and the vibrant people who fill its communities. Envisioned by artist and visionary Clara Wainwright, the event was created to give artists and musicians from the Boston area the opportunity to play at venues across the city in family-friendly and alcohol-free environments.

The event was a success, and has delighted audiences for more than 45 years with dance, interactivity, music, art, ice sculptures, and fireworks. For many years, the event was supported by members of the public, who purchased First Night Buttons to attend particular events and exhibits. Since 2015, First Night has been made entirely free, with no purchase necessary by event guests. The event is entirely funded by sponsorship and donations from members of the public.

Today, First Night is one of Boston’s signature events, and First Night celebrations are replicated around the world. First Night Boston brings live music, artistic performances, and cultural displays to a festive crescendo with fireworks in the air and love in the streets.

Visitors of all ages enjoy the day-long celebration featuring multiple indoor and outdoor venues, dozens of artistic, cultural, and musical performances, and various sponsor engagements.

First Night Boston is a production of Boston Celebrations, Inc., which also produces July’s Boston Harborfest.

Past First Night Button Designs.