BOSTON - The transition from 2019 to 2020 marks the forty-fourth year that First Night has taken place in Boston! It began in 1975 as Boston's own New Year's Eve tradition, in a similar vein to the ball drop in Times Square and the slew of concert-based performances in California. This year, First Night Boston 2020 has been made free and available to all local residents or tourists who wish to attend the ceremony, which will be spread across the Back Bay and Copley Square.

How is First Night going to ring in the new year this time around? For one, there are already events ongoing! From musical performances to dance routines to comedy sketches to arts events, there are plenty of ways to keep yourself occupied while you wait for the clock to strike midnight. They began a little past eleven o'clock in the morning and will continue throughout the day.

There are a few notable events that people will be keeping an eye out for, though. At 5:30 P.M., for example, the Boston Common will host the Frog Pond Skating Spectacular. At the Old South Church at 6:30 P.M., the Pipes and Pops Concert will be held. In Copley Square, musicians like Maddi Ryan, Alli Haber, Daniel Laurent, Liz Bills, and Najee Janey will be performing. It all comes to an end at midnight with the countdown at Copley on First Night and the fireworks that will be lit off on Boston Harbor.

There will also be an air of sadness surrounding part of the event. Brandon McSweeney, a thirty-four-year-old man who worked for the company that was setting up the First Night event, died over the weekend after an accident during the event establishment process. A moment of silence for McSweeney will be conducted during First Night. He was survived by his siblings and parents and will definitely be in the hearts and minds of many as we ring in the new year.

The teams behind First Night reiterated their commitment to safety and to ensuring that the event will be a harbinger of joy for the year to come. To you and yours, I want to wish you a Happy New Year and a healthy and safe 2020. Let's have a great start to the new decade!

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