first nightIt’s incredible to think that today marks the last day of 2014. It seems that each year continues to go by faster than the last. There is so much anticipation for the holiday season and then it is over in the blink of an eye. Once again, it is time to start a new year with new resolutions and new memories to create.

If you are a resident of Massachusetts, what better way to ring in 2015 than with Boston’s First Night? This year is the 39th anniversary of the annual tradition. Boston’s First Night festival first began in order to create a family-friendly event that could be enjoyed by all and didn’t revolve around the consumption of alcohol. This year’s First Night will have plenty of performers, artists, DJs, ice sculptures, fireworks and the Grand Procession. For the complete guide to Boston’s First Night 2015 click here.

While New Year’s Eve in Boston is sure to be a great time, there are always a few safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Dress appropriately. It is going to be very cold. Wear layers of warm clothing, gloves, and a hat.
  • Traffic will most likely be difficult and with the commuter rail and the T available, public transportation may your best bet and typically offers free fares around midnight for people to get home safely.
  • Alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited in public areas of Boston. Violators are subject to arrest.
  • Use proper etiquette. This is a family event so please be respectful of those around you as well as the attractions-several of the events take place at churches and cultural centers.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. There is no need to have a sense of fear while taking in the events, but it is better to have a heightened sense of awareness if something doesn’t look or feel right. If you notice something or someone suspicious, contact officials immediately.
  • If you will have young children with you, be aware of “Die In” protestors. Officials will be allowing people to protest, so long as it does not disrupt event-goers.

Boston’s First Night will be a great way to ring in 2015. Just keep these few safety tips in mind and you and your friends and family will have a wonderful New Year’s Eve. Happy New Year!