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Blasting in the New Year

Fireworks over Boston Common

David Parsons took in the 7 p.m. fireworks over Boston Common last night.

Leslee watched the light show on Trinity Church in Copley Square:

Lights on Trinity Church

First photo copyright David Parsons; second photo by Leslee used under this Creative Commons license. Both posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

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I was walking through a soggy square shortly after midnight and didn't see anything, so if the show did go on it was real quick and real quiet :-)

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The midnight fireworks over the harbor were cancelled as there was no funding for them. Wasn't aware that they were substituted with smaller fireworks display at Copley at midnight. Thought I had read earlier that the midnight fireworks were cancelled altogether.

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I thought the "Family Fireworks" at 7 was going to be a mini-version, with the main event at midnight. Way to go, Boston! New Year's Eve fireworks at 7, public transit shut down by 1, bars close at 2. World class!

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Yes, the midnight Copley fireworks \light show happened. The post replying to your question about "the square" erroneously refers to the harbor.

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It was great! I arrived around 1:00, when all of the nonsense was over and there was no line to get in. They stopped serving alcohol at 2:00, and announced that by 2:30 all alcohol had to be off the floor. Water was still for sale (I'm not sure about soda/juice).

And then the music and dancing continued until 4:00. The DJ was wonderful — it was the House!

Instead of forcing everyone outside at the height of intoxication, people had a chance to sober up a bit and the club emptied out slowly. It was nearly 4:00 when my feet started yelling at me: "you've been dancing too long!".

Everyone leaving the club at that hour seemed quite sober, or at least much more sober than at 2:00 on a normal Saturday. People requesting Lyft and Uber were getting base pricing instead of the high-surge "Bar Break" rate.

This model of letting the clubs stay open without alcohol for an hour or two worked great at Paradise last night. It's something that should be permitted year-round.

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of First Blight.

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They started with First Night 2000 (Y2K) to mark the stroke of midnight GMT. They have become pretty popular for families or anyone else who doesn't want to stay up or out late on a cold night.

Last night in the Public Garden, I stood next to visitors from Edinburgh, Scotland, who had a two-way live video feed going on their phone, showing us Edinburgh's midnight fireworks while showing the folks at home our 7 pm fireworks.

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