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.
Each year thereafter, other communities began to ask the founding members of First Night Boston for assistance starting their own similar celebration on New Year’s Eve. In time the International Alliance of First Nights was born and in 1993 First Night International became a stand-alone non-profit entity. In 2008, the ‘trademark’ came home and First Night Boston once again authorizes and monitors the use of the First Night name, promoting community, creativity and cultural diversity through all of its activities and services under the banner of First Night USA
Portsmouth became a First Night® community in 1986 – we are one of two remaining towns in New Hampshire that celebrates 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!
Enjoy New Years Eve with all the festivities and celebrations that First Night Portsmouth offers!