Did you know the first “First Night” celebration was held in Boston in 1976? A small group of artists wanted a place to celebrate the holiday together without the influence of alcohol, and from that gathering sprouted one of America’s most beloved New Years traditions. Boston’s celebration is America’s largest First Night, but there are lots of great celebrations all across New England for you to choose from to ring in the New Year!
If you love Cape Cod, or live in the area, you won’t want to miss Chatham’s New Year’s celebration! There will be a circus, a fireworks display, and at midnight, a giant lighted cod drops!
Over a million people attend America’s oldest First Night celebration, which features giant ice sculptures and a word class fireworks display!
The best place to ring in the New Year in the Granite State is in Portsmouth, where the whole town hosts indoor and outdoor events throughout the day.
Newport Rhode Island
If you’re not the partying type, you can ring in the New Year in Rhode Island by taking a polar plunge into the waters of Easton Bay!
New England’s most unique New Years celebration has to be Eastport Maine’s Great Sardine and Maple Leaf drop at the Tides Institute and Museum of Art. A giant maple leaf drops at 11pm, and at midnight is followed by an 8 ft sardine.