For the first time in nearly two decades, Montpelier will not host a First Night celebration.
The event had been downsized in recent years, with no fireworks display. Now the downtown civic organization Montpelier Alive says it is pulling the plug because it is limited by the number of useable venues. While there will be some concerts and other events New Year's Eve, organizers decided to reprioritize.
"We felt that First Night-- right now is a good time to have a hiatus, because back when it started there were not as many cultural events for downtown Montpelier and now you can pretty much go see live music every night, and we have two movie theaters and professional great theater here, and so there are a lot of things to do throughout the year. And so First Night helped to introduce that and develop that culture and now we have it year-round," said Phayvanh Luekhamhan of Montpelier Alive.
First Night events started in Boston back in the 1970s as a non-alcoholic alternative to drunken midnight countdowns.
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