What To Expect From Boston's First Night 2020

What To Expect From Boston's First Night 2020

Dina Fantegrossi ·

For more than four decades, Boston’s First Night has helped ring in the New Year with artistic performances, music, fireworks, and cultural camaraderie.

Known as the oldest New Year's Eve celebration of its kind, First Night Boston has been lighting up our fair city since 1975!

As is tradition, First Night 2020 is free and open to all. Festivities begin at lunchtime on Tuesday December 31 and continue through Wednesday, January 1.

This year's entertainment and special attractions will be focused in Copley Square and Back Bay.

Expect traditions such as cultural and musical performances, fantastic ice sculptures, light displays, the People’s Procession at 6:00 PM, and the 7:00 PM Family Fireworks sponsored by The Mugar Foundation on Boston Common.

The Tuesday events kick off with a performance by the Dempsey Sisters in Copley Square, followed by The Responders, The Stephen Bates Quartet, and Dancing Buns Studios at the Boston Public Library’s Johnson Building.

Comedic performances from ImprovBoston will take place throughout the day, as well as additional musical performances in the early afternoon.

Consider catching a show from Morningbird, Jonah Bencal, or Sam Chetkin.

The two full days of citywide events will also include a skating spectacular, a brass and percussion concert, and a series of puppet shows for the kids.

For those who cannot be there in person, the signature midnight Copley Countdown pyrotechnics and light show in Copley Square will be televised on NBC10 Boston, necn, and Telemundo Boston.

For a full schedule of events, check out the First Night website