Another Boston tradition has been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.
First Night Boston 2021 will be a broadcast-only event this year, with no in-person celebrations happening downtown to ring in the new year.
“Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, we are unable to gather crowds in Copley Square and the Back Bay for the traditional entertainment and attractions that bring joy to so many,” First Boston wrote on its website. “We invite you to tune in to our broadcasts and ring in 2021 with the hope, unity, and optimism that we’re ready to embrace.”
First Night Boston 2021 has been converted to a broadcast only event. Join us on @NBC10Boston, @NECN, & @NBCUTelemundo as we celebrate NYE with the hope, unity, & optimism that we’re ready to embrace.
Share your hopes for '21 & at-home celebrations w #Together21
📸: Matt Teuten pic.twitter.com/LyCGxzBNGr
— FirstNight (@FirstNight) November 10, 2020
First Night Boston coverage will be provided on NBC10 Boston, NECN, Telemundo Boston, and a livestream on firstnightboston.org on New Year’s Eve. Details on the broadcast were minimal, beyond stating that the celebration will include “an array of performances.”
Representatives for First Night Boston did not respond to a request for comment at the time of this article’s publication.
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