Give a happy new year

The city of Boston has a special way of celebrating New Year's Eve. In 1976, residents got together to create a community arts festival called "First Night." In this way the city gives a grand party for all its citizens. The countdown to the new year begins in the afternoon with special performances and happenings for children that include puppet shows, dance, and music with professional artists sharing their talents.

In the evening, theater, ballet, concerts, and other events are held around the city, and some performances take place in Boston's renowned historic churches. The evening starts with a grand parade and finishes with a final display of fireworks over Boston Harbor at midnight. This is truly a family occasion to which everyone who wants to join in is welcomed. There is a real feeling of togetherness and a sharing of each other's joy.

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