Best & Safest Spots To View Boston’s First Night Fireworks

In Partnership with our media affiliate, 617 Images Boston, Live Boston has put together a list of the top viewing locations for Boston’s First Night fireworks.

A tradition carried on since 1976, First Night Boston Fireworks will continue to light up the night skies over the historic Boston waterfront, Boston Common and Copley Square to usher in the new year. 

This year, the three fireworks displays will be at 7pm on Boston Common and at midnight, both over Boston Harbor and from the roof of the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Copley Square. 

Fireworks light up the sky over the George Washington Statue in Boston Public Garden.

The Boston Fire Department, Boston Police Department and Boston EMS will be working together to ensure and support public safety during the First Night festivities throughout the city. 

Boston Police Department Commissioner Michael Cox said, “We will not only have a large presence around official First Night celebrations but across the City in all of our neighborhoods as well.” He also noted that the BPD will “utilize all specialized units needed to ensure public safety” and he asked for the public’s assistance in “making this a Happy New Year for all.”

In addition, Peter F. Burke, Boston Fire Department Commissioner stated that, “Boston Fire is ready to work with our city and state agencies to have a successful First Night Celebration. BFD will have our Tactical Response Unit, Hazmat Techs, Inspectors as well as fully staffed engine companies on and around the event areas to support the public’s safety in any way we can.”

Fireworks light up the sky over the George Washington Statue in Boston Public Garden.

Safe viewpoints for each of the fireworks displays can be found below:

Boston Common: Starting at 7pm

Best Viewing Spots: Anywhere around Boston Common

Boston Harbor: Fireworks starting at midnight

Best Viewing Spots: Anywhere on Boston waterfront – Downtown, Eastie (LoPresti Park, along E Pier Drive, Piers Park and from Logan Airport at the Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor Hotel – parking can be validated at hotel bar), Charlestown, Seaport (Fan Pier Park)

Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel: Fireworks starting at midnight

Best Viewing Spots: Around Copley Plaza 

According to the First Night Boston 2023 website, “First Night does not have specified event garages,” but lists the following as garages that are closeby: Clarendon Garage at 100 Clarendon St., Copley Place, Prudential Center, and Boston Common Garage. Street parking is extremely limited, but available on some streets. 

The website recommends booking in advance through SpotHero, the nation’s leading parking reservation app.

The MBTA will be free starting at 8pm and event goers are encouraged to use public transportation according to Kenneth Green, Chief of MBTA Transit Police. 

The following traffic restrictions are listed on the First Night Boston 2023 website:

Dartmouth Street in Boston’s Back Bay – closed to vehicular traffic between St. James Ave. and Boylston Street from 8:00 AM on Saturday, December 31, 2022 until 1:00 AM, on Sunday, January 1, 2023.

Boylston Street between Ring Road (near Dartmouth Street) and Charles Street – closed to vehicular traffic on Saturday, December 31, 2022 from approximately 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Charles Street between Boylston Street and Beacon Street – closed to traffic on Saturday, December 31, 2022 from approximately 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

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