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First Night Portsmouth

NOTE: Pro Portsmouth does not issue any type of permits for outdoor vending at First Night® Portsmouth as it is not a vendor driven event.

Please refer to the City of Portsmouth for Vending Information

Pro Portsmouth became a member of the First Night® Alliance in 1986 when it produced First Night® Portsmouth on the Seacoast. Ringing in the New Year with visual and performing art has created an increased awareness and appreciation for the many talented and gifted artists and musicians who make their home in New England.

Successful – and anticipated – elements of First Night that continue as ‘tradition include a Fireworks Display, Ice Sculptures and Street Dance. This celebration gives our Community the opportunity to come together as one, reflecting on the year that has passed and looking forward with hope and great anticipation to the year ahead. (And the date – never changes: December 31st)

What is First Night?

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.

Framed as a family-friendly event, First Night is known as the alcohol free, alternative community celebration on December 31st.

Portsmouth became a First Night® community in 1986. We continue to celebrate First Night® with music, dance, fireworks and ice sculpture.

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