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First Night is a celebration of the arts where the community can come together downtown on New Years Eve. This family-friendly event was started in Boston in 1976 and is held in over 180 cities worldwide.

The City of Akron and The Akron Beacon Journal brought Akron's first First Night in 1997. More than 20,000 people attended in the first year. The Downtown Akron Partnership handle the details of the event.

First Night takes place in several buildings throughout all of downtown Akron. Each building hosts a number of different activities, artists, and performing arts -- from the Ohio Ballet to youth choirs to craft-making for the children. The evening always ends with a grand fireworks display over Canal Park.


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