First Night, Fullerton’s family-friendly New Year’s celebration returns to its downtown on December 31 after a three-year hiatus.
The alcohol-free event, which has attracted thousands of people in recent years, will feature live music, food and children’s activities, all topped off with fireworks at midnight.
Admission is free and the festivities begin at 7 p.m.
“First Night means a little more than a New Year’s celebration,” said board member Fred Jung. “This has long been an opportunity for all of us to come together to celebrate another year and another opportunity for us to experience brotherhood and sisterhood with one another.”
In years past, the event has brought skating rinks and even a hot air balloon ride to downtown.
First Night celebrated its 28th anniversary in 2019, but the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic the following spring canceled the popular New Year’s Eve party and the city delayed its resumption to help tighten its belt due to budget shortfalls.
This year, the city received sponsorships to offset some of the costs associated with the first night, Jung said, but it is still footing part of the bill.
“I think it will be a wonderful gift to our community,” Jung said. “It takes time for Fullertonians.”
Journey tribute band Journey Through Time will perform on the main stage; dance group Soundbytes will play disco, Latin, R&B, swing and standards from the 40s to 90s on the Harbor Boulevard stage; and Latin Soul Band LA will perform on the Pomona Avenue stage.
A family fun zone will feature a variety of activities for children, including interactive games, face painting, balloon artists and stilt walkers.
Multiple food and beverage options will be available from gourmet food trucks and local restaurants.
The public should be aware of several street closures:
Harbor Boulevard will be closed between Chapman and Commonwealth avenues from 3 p.m. on December 31 to 2 a.m. on January 1.
Pomona Avenue between Whiting and Amerige avenues will be closed from 8 a.m. on December 31 to 3 a.m. on January 1.
Several east-west streets between Harbor Boulevard and Pomona Avenue will also be closed.
Street parking will be available on Amerige Avenue and Pomona Avenue between Amerige and Commonwealth avenues.
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