Boston’s First Night celebration will not happen in-person this year due to the coronavirus pandemic

Local television stations will carry a broadcast-only version of the event featuring an "array of performances."

Boston, MA - 12/31/2015  - People watch fireworks during first night festivities in the Public Garden Boston, MA, December 31, 2015. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)
People watch fireworks during First Night festivities in Boston Public Garden. –Keith Bedford/Globe Staff

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 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.”

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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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