First Night Boston 2015, the annual New Year's Eve festival celebration, takes place December 31, 2014, throughout downtown Boston. Presented by Highland Street Foundation, First Night Boston 2015 provides a communal moment for citizens to celebrate the spirit and communities of Boston and serves as an economic driver by providing opportunities to showcase the business, hospitality and cultural offerings of downtown Boston, during the holiday season. Through music, dance, theatre, visual art, spoken word, and interactive activities, the city showcases the diversity of Boston's neighborhoods.
In 2014, The City of Boston became custodian of First Night Boston, the largest and longest-running New Year's Eve arts festival in the country. Each year from 1:00 p.m. to midnight on December 31, nearly one-million people gather in downtown Boston for a celebration that showcases over 1,000 artists in 200 performances and events at over two-dozen indoor and outdoor venues. First Night Boston features an afternoon Family Festival at the Hynes Convention Center, a Grand Procession parade that sweeps down Boylston Street, colossal ice sculptures that dot the city's landscape, and a dazzling ﬁreworks display to welcome the New Year. For nearly 40 years, First Night Boston has become a cherished Boston tradition and a signature event of the city.