How did Boston's First Night celebration get started?
Boston was the first city in the United States to celebrate First Night. It came into existence in 1976 to bring the neighboring communities of the city together in a joint celebration, while providing the public with an alternative way of ushering in the New Year. The commitment of a group of private citizens to these goals marked the beginning of a new tradition: The First Night Celebration. Since 1980, this concept has inspired many communities from Tampa to Honolulu, to start their own First Night Celebrations.