• Despite some cancellations, Boston celebrates First Night in extreme cold


    Some of the First Night First Day events have been canceled ahead of the extreme cold conditions expected New Year's Eve into New Year's Day.

    Organizers of the event, along with city officials, made the announcement Saturday.

    The events that have been canceled are:

    • People’s Procession Parade at 6 p.m.
    • Frog Pond Skating Spectacular on Boston Common at 6 p.m.
    • Family Fireworks on Boston Common at 7 p.m.
    • First Day Copley Square Stage performances on Jan. 1.

    First Night activities that will still take place include the live stage entertainment in Copley Square, ice sculpture displays, Boston Public Library family programming, and the iconic Copley Countdown.

    "As always, we are thrilled to host great family-friendly programming for First Night First Day Boston," said Dusty Rhodes, President of Conventures, Inc. "During every event, our top priority is for people to have fun and stay safe. While the expected cold temperatures this year has led to condensed programming, we look forward to welcoming many to celebrate the New Year with us here in Boston." 

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    Those planning to attend any of the remaining programming are asked to dress appropriately and use caution in limiting time outdoors. There will be no heating tents or shelters set up at any of the events.

    "We are sorry to have to make this difficult decision to cancel the Family Fireworks on Boston Common, but the extreme cold raises too many safety concerns for our spectators to the public safety teams to our crews who would have to spend hours outside in frigid temperatures to set-up the display," said David Mugar, producer of the Family Fireworks production. "We wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope to be back with a fantastic fireworks show next year." 

    More information about the events can be found on First Night Boston's website.

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