New Year's Eve

By - 12/31/18 - 9:48 pm
Prudential lit up to read 19

Jonathan Berk joins the Pru in wishing you good tidings for the year to come.

By - 12/31/17 - 11:14 pm
Prudential Center welcomes 2018

617 Images shows us the Prudential building on New Year's Eve.

By - 12/30/17 - 9:46 pm

First Night organizers have called off the 7 p.m. fireworks over the Common, and the 6 p.m. parade that was to precede them because it'll be just too damn cold. The midnight fireworks over Boston Harbor, however, are still on, because presumably the totally sober adults who would watch them outside will be smart enough to dress appropriately.

Also cancelled: Read more.

By - 1/4/17 - 11:13 am

NorthEndWaterfront.com reports discussions among waterfront interests about bringing back New Year's Eve fireworks over the harbor if the organizers of First Night have concluded they can't or won't do them.

By - 1/1/17 - 2:01 pm
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: Read more.

By - 12/31/16 - 11:19 am
Copley Plaza Hotel lit up for New Year's Eve

617Images shows us the Fairmont Copley Plaza last night while they were testing their New Year's Eve display.

By - 12/29/16 - 2:19 pm

NorthEndWaterfront.com wonders if the real reason the current operators of First Night have shifted the midnight fireworks from Boston Harbor to Copley Square is not because it's cheaper but to try to build up a Boston version of Times Square:

Watch this year as the TV hosts interview the Copley attendees and count the suburbanites that will have come in to Copley, all decked out in a spectacularly crowded space. The Back Bay event will be instantly labeled a “success” because it will look good on television.

By - 12/31/15 - 7:28 pm
Fireworks over Boston Common

Craig Caplan watched the early fireworks over the Common tonight.

By - 11/2/15 - 10:10 am

The City of Boston Credit Union will underwrite fireworks over the harbor as 2016 begins, the mayor's office announced today.

The credit union will kick in $30,000 towards the pyrotechnics, good news since the company now running First Night said last week it didn't have any money for them.

By - 10/30/15 - 2:08 pm

The Herald reports Mayor Walsh doesn't want to let go of harbor fireworks without a fight, after hearing they might not go on due to the cost.

By - 10/29/15 - 6:10 pm

Ron Newman forwards e-mail from Conventures, which is running First Night this year:

There was a meeting today and the following decisions were made. The financial picture of First Night is quite reduced, and some events are not going to take place. The Grand Procession is at Copley Square, not on Boylston Street. There are not going to be midnight fireworks. There will be 7:00 pm fireworks. The Fitness walk will be a Fitness Jamboree activity on Copley Square.

By - 8/24/15 - 12:12 pm

The Boston Courant reports (note: Link will take you to a photo of the Courant story, since the Courant is one of the few papers left in the US that does not have a Web site - on purpose, no less).

UPDATE: Conventures, which is running First Night, says there will be the traditional fireworks over Boston Harbor.

H/t Ron.

By - 12/31/14 - 9:41 pm
First Night parade down Boylston Street in Copley Square

A little cold weather didn't deter First Nighters from enjoying the traditional parade down Boylston Street tonight.

Marchers wished watchers a happy new year; some threw glow sticks or applied reflective stickers to the faces of little kids:

Sticker guy in First Night parade

What would a parade be without dragons?

By - 12/31/14 - 10:08 am
Ice sculpture in Copley Square

Louise Miller took in the ice sculptures in Copley Square this morning.

By - 12/30/14 - 11:22 am

Schedule of events.

T schedules (free after 8 p.m.)

List of street closures.

First Night Against Police Violence die in planned for 5 p.m. in Copley Square.

By - 12/31/13 - 11:38 pm
Lit up Prudential

Brian D'Amico ambled around the Back Bay and the Common during First Night tonight.

Fireworks over the Common

Copyright Brian D'Amico. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 12/31/13 - 4:48 pm
First Night ice sculpture

Leslee watched a First Night ice sculptor at work at the Prudential Center last night.

Posted under this Creative Commons license and in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 12/31/13 - 10:06 am
Boston liquor cops in 1928

In 1928, at the height of Prohibition, Leslie Jones photographed the Boston Police Liquor Squad (commanded by Oliver Garrett, second from right) just before they fanned out across the city to ensure no drinking was going on at local hotels.

If you're going out tonight, there's First Night, of course. The Boston Calendar has more options.

Photo posted under this Creative Commons license.