Boston's Biggest New Year's Eve & New Year's Day Celebrations


On January 1st, the fun continues with First Day festivities to kick off 2017.First Night festivities include bedtime-friendly (if you have young children) fireworks over Boston Common at 7pm, a dramatic fireworks show at midnight Copley Square, a huge People's Procession parade down Boylston Street, family-friendly activities, live musical performances, and spectacular ice sculptures by renowned artists.

Then, kick off 2017 with a First Day Fun Run/Walk on Boston Common. Look for special museum discounts, more arts performances around the city, and plenty of First Day brunches at Boston restaurants.

Additional festivities include:

  • Ice sculptures and light shows in Copley Square and Boston Common

  • Family-friendly activities and arts performances in Copley Square from 12 noon - 4pm

  • Additional arts and musical performances in indoor and outdoor venues around Copley Square from noon to midnight

  • A spectacular People's Procession down Boylston Street to the Common starting at 6pm

  • Family Fireworks at Boston Common at 7pm

  • Ice Skating on Frog Pond in Boston Common (regular fees apply)

  • Music and Dancing

  • Countdown to Midnight and fireworks in Copley Square

First Night Boston is the oldest New Year's Eve event of this type in the U.S., and is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. It's fun, alcohol-free, and designed to entertain the whole family. It has inspired dozens of similar events across the country.

First Night has been part of what makes Boston special since 1976, and continues to be the top Boston New Year's Eve celebration.


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