First Night revives the ancient traditions of marking the passage of time in a present day context. It was created by a group of civic-minded artists in Boston as a meaningful alternative to traditional New Year's Eve revelry. Offered to the city as a finale to its Bicentennial events in 1976, First Night Boston also began a new tradition, bringing neighboring communities together through a joint celebration.

Framed as a family-friendly event, First Night is known as the alcohol free, alternative community celebration on December 31st.

Portsmouth became a First Night® community in 1986. We continue to celebrate First Night® with music, dance, fireworks and ice sculpture.

By purchasing the First Night® Button, you support Pro Portsmouth's efforts to keep this tradition alive and thriving on the Seacoast!

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