Friends of Christopher Columbus Park and Boston Harbor Now announce the return of the fireworks celebration for the first time since 2020
December 3, 2021 (BOSTON, MA) – Friends of Christopher Columbus Park and Boston Harbor
Now announced today this year’s New Year’s Eve Midnight Fireworks celebration is back, taking
place over the inner Boston Harbor between the North End and East Boston neighborhoods of the
city. The nearly 40-year tradition returns to Boston Harbor, made possible through generous
support from local businesses, waterfront organizations, and the City of Boston.
As part of the First Night celebration, visitors are invited to explore the waterfront, complete with
ice sculptures on display in East Boston, Charlestown, Downtown, and the Seaport. As the year
draws to a close, Boston Harbor Now, the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park, and others will
ring in the New Year with a fireworks display that begins promptly at midnight. Public viewing is
free and available along the Harborwalk at Fan Pier, Christopher Columbus Park, and the East
“I’m thrilled for Boston to ring in the New Year with the return of midnight fireworks over the
harbor! Thank you to all of our partners for bringing back this tradition for everyone to enjoy
together, creating a delightful start to 2022 for residents, visitors, and all spectators at the
waterfront,” said Mayor Michelle Wu.
“Friends of Christopher Columbus Park was elated to lead the effort to bring New Year’s Eve
fireworks back to the harbor,” said Joanne Hayes-Rines, FOCCP President. “The fireworks
positively impact businesses in the neighborhood and beyond, bringing community and
celebration to the area.”
“Thanks to the tireless efforts of the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park, New Year’s Eve
midnight fireworks over the harbor will resume to kick off the start of 2022,” said Kathy Abbott,
President and CEO of Boston Harbor Now, “We’re thrilled to bring back the tradition of welcoming
people of all ages to the waterfront to celebrate the promise of the New Year.”
The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park (FOCCP) is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization
made up of North End and Waterfront neighbors and businesses working together for the Gem of
the North End and Waterfront: Christopher Columbus Park.
The FOCCP works closely with the City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department to keep the
park clean and well maintained.
About Boston Harbor Now
Boston Harbor Now plans, advocates, and activates a harbor that is environmentally healthy,
belongs to all, is resilient to climate change, and fosters economic opportunity.
Boston Harbor Now envisions a thriving harbor, waterfront, and islands that contribute to our
social, economic, and environmental health and well-being, and are welcoming and accessible to