City Celebrates! New Year’s Eve 2017

New Bedford area residents and visitors are invited to enjoy an evening full of free family-friendly programming on New Year’s Eve in Downtown New Bedford’s Seaport Cultural District to bid farewell to 2017 and ring in the New Year! Program highlights throughout the evening include fire eaters, stilt walkers, an ice sculpture, live music, delicious food, and many more festive activities in and around Custom House square from 5PM-8PM. The evening will culminate with a spectacular fireworks display from State Pier on the working waterfront at 8:30PM.

NOTE: A cargo ship will be at state pier, fireworks viewing will NOT be allowed on the east face of State pier New Year’s Eve. Instead, fireworks viewers will be encouraged to watch from lower Union Street which we have blocked off at RT18 & Union, Union Street to N. Water Street.

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City Celebrates New Year’s Eve is presented by the City of New Bedford, Mayor Jon Mitchell, in collaboration with the Port of New Bedford, Destination New Bedford, and the New Bedford Area Chamber Foundation. Events sponsored by Bristol County Savings Bank. Barge provided by Tucker Roy Marine Towing and Salvage, Inc. Fireworks partner AGM Marine Contractors. City Celebrates! New Year’s Eve is an award recipient of the Mass Cultural Council’s Festivals Program.

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