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Northampton First Night, New Year’s Eve
December 31, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 11:59 pm EST
We are delighted to present our city’s 37th annual New Year’s Eve celebration and festival of the performing arts on Friday, December 31, 2021. First Night Northampton continues to be a unique opportunity to celebrate the cultural vibrancy of our community while sharing time with friends, neighbors, and visitors. The event falls on a Friday this year; We look forward to welcoming enthusiastic crowds at the venues and on the streets of downtown.
Once again, we will witness a spectacular display of fireworks at 6:15 pm—all visible from the heart of the city. As midnight approaches, we’ll gather together outside the Hotel Northampton for a unique “ball-raising.”
We have canceled all indoor in-person events for First Night Northampton on New Year’s Eve. More info can be found at First Night Northampton.org.
FIRST NIGHT LOGISTICS
On First Night, there is free on-street parking. All of Northampton’s municipal lots are free EXCEPT for the downtown parking garage. Smith College parking lots and the Smith College garage on West Street are complimentary and open to the general public. There are also lots at Forbes Library, the Northampton Senior Center, and the Northampton Community Arts Trust at 33 Hawley Street.
Please remember that access to and from the E.J. Gare Parking Garage will be restricted from approximately 4:30 PM to 6:45 PM because of the fireworks display. The same is true for the adjacent municipal lots.
Similarly, parking is restricted at 8:00 PM in order to empty spaces adjacent to the Hotel Northampton for the ball-raising (see graphic). Please do NOT park at bagged meters or in areas that are clearly marked as restricted.