Boston Fireworks New Years Eve 2023

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Boston Fireworks New Years Eve 2023 | Image Credit: Matt Teuten on First Night Boston Facebook Page

Are you prepared to bid 2022 a fond farewell? There are a number of New Year’s Eve Parties in Boston. But what better way to bring in the New Year than with fireworks?

If you are googling for ‘New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Boston’ or ‘NYE fireworks Boston’ or ‘Where to see New Year’s fireworks in Boston’ we have you covered!

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Also, check out our post on Boston New Years Eve 2023 Events and Things to do in Boston this Weekend!

Boston Fireworks New Years Eve 2023 – First Night Boston

First Night 2023

New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Boston - First Night Boston

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First Night Boston is the premier New Year’s Eve firework event in Boston. This year, the show celebrates its 43rd anniversary in style. 

The day is filled with numerous fireworks displays. At 7:00 PM, above Boston Common, The Mugar Foundation will launch the City of Boston’s Family Fireworks. At midnight, the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel’s roof will be used to watch the Copley Countdown and Midnight Pyrotechnics Show in Copley Square. At exactly midnight, Boston Harbor will be the scene of midnight fireworks provided by the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park.
When: Saturday, December 31, 2022, 12:00 pm – Sunday, January 1, 2023, 12:30 am
Copley Square, 560 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116
How Much: FREE


New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Boston - History

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Established on December 31, 1976, in Boston, First Night has become a world-famous New Year’s Eve celebration that unites visitors with the City of Boston and the vibrant people who fill its communities. Envisioned by artist and visionary Clara Wainwright, the event was created to give artists and musicians from the Boston area the opportunity to play at venues across the city in family-friendly and alcohol-free environments.

The event was a success and has delighted audiences for more than 45 years with dance, interactivity, music, art, ice sculptures, and fireworks. For many years, the event was supported by members of the public, who purchased First Night Buttons to attend particular events and exhibits. Since 2015, First Night has been made entirely free, with no purchase necessary by event guests. The event is entirely funded by sponsorship and donations from members of the public.

Today, First Night is one of Boston’s signature events, and First Night celebrations are replicated around the world. In Boston’s Back Bay, First Night Boston brings live music, artistic performances, and cultural displays to a festive crescendo with fireworks in the air and love in the streets.

Other New Year’s Eve 2023 Events in First Night Boston 

Fireworks are not the only thing that is exciting about First Night Boston. Here are some of the other parties and celebrations you can attend this Saturday night. 

Ice Sculptures

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Ice sculptures make their dazzling return to First Night Boston! This year’s sculptures, themed “The 250th Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party,” will bring an ice-themed peek into a historic moment. Sculptures will be located in Copley Square in front of Trinity Church on New Year’s Eve, and available for public viewing from 12:00 noon to 12:30 AM. Additional sculptures will be displayed around Boston Public Library.


New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Boston - Parade

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First Night Parade will take colorful and celebratory groups from Copley Square to Boston Common at 6:00 PM. Once the performers pass by, the public is invited to walk along to the Boston Common, where fireworks will begin at 7:00 PM.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Boston - Parade Map

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2022 Parade Participants:

  • Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association (GBCCA)
  • New Magnolia Jazz Band
  • The Boston Cup
  • Hot Tamales Brass Band
  • The Puppeteers Cooperative
  • The Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts
  • Boston’s Trend N Motion
  • Branches Pangroove Steel Orchestra
  • New Liberty Jazz Band
  • Open Air Circus
  • Boston Windjammers
  • American Red Cross
  • JP Honk Band

Happy New Year! 

If New Year’s Eve fireworks in Boston are not your thing, check out some of the other events you can attend this week in Boston.

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