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First Night 2010

It is time to make your First Night plans! In the North End/Waterfront area, the biggest event will be the midnight fireworks on Boston Harbor. Christopher Columbus Park is generally the largest gathering point for the fireworks, although almost anywhere on that side of the Harborwalk will have a good view (the barge is already out there sitting in the harbor). The Boston Harbor Association has also arranged for multiple activities:
Ring in the New Year on Boston Harbor!
In the North End, Paul Revere House, New England Aquarium, the Improv Asylum and the Fairmont Hotel also have specials highlighted in the brochure. Faneuil Hall is also a designated site for First Night. The Examiner highlights several nightlife spots having special New Year’s Eve events in and around Faneuil Hall.

See the website and download the First Night 2010 Program.
Here is the official First Night 2010 information:


First Night 2010 is our 34th celebration of the arts and community in Boston. Since 1976, this signature event has served our great city by attracting audiences from near and far to enjoy and take part in a spectacular festival that inspires creativity as it begins a new year filled with promise.

First Night is proud to present an amazing group of performers and visual artists who truly represent the richness of Boston’s cultural landscape. Our celebration features longtime audience favorites like the interactive FedEx Family Festival, colossal ice sculptures, the Mardi Gras style Metro Grand Procession, the Boston 4 Productions Family Fireworks and the Frank Ward and Cape Dairy Midnight Fireworks, along with new and exciting performances and exhibitions. To enjoy the festivities you just need to purchase a button which are $18 each at any of our button retailers.

Our community spirit and mission are best exemplified by the First Night Neighborhood Network, a year-round arts education and outreach program. This year, more than 1,500 young people from 16 Boston neighborhoods participated in hands-on creative workshops at community sites all around the city. Their finished work is everywhere you look tonight – from the young composers being showcased at CityPlace, to the Chinese dancers on stage at the Hynes Convention Center, the giant puppets featured in the Procession, and much more. Boston’s kids are at the heart of
First Night!

All of us at First Night are proud of the unique role we play in bringing our community together to share in an experience that reflects our hopes for the year to come.

First Night acknowledges the support of Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the City of Boston, and all the City Departments that make this celebration happen year after year. Moreover, we send our appreciation to the private foundations, corporations, state agencies, and people like you whose support truly makes a difference. By purchasing a First Night button, you support all we do all year long. And beyond the purchase of a button, your tax-deductible donations ensure a long future for this cherished institution.

Happy New Year and thanks for celebrating with us. It wouldn’t be the same without you!

Geri Guardino                          Jan Beaven
Executive Director                   Chair, Board of Directors