New Year’s Eve Programming to Move Indoors Due to Rain Forecast

Fireworks still scheduled for 8:30 p.m.

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The City of New Bedford is moving to indoor programming on New Year’s Eve due to the rain forecast. Fireworks are still scheduled for 8:30 p.m.

Broken Glass Projections 3D mapping will be postponed to a later date.

Updated Events: (See the Destination New Bedford website for updates)

  • Vinny’s Miracle Fish Puppets
    The New Bedford Whaling Museum, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    Meet magical creatures, embarking on an imaginative journey into 2023.
  • Ever After Storybook Entertainment Characters
    The New Bedford Free Public Library, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    Come sing, dance, and celebrate with Mirabel, Elsa, Winter Elf, and Spiderman.
  • Cirque de Light
    New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    A spectacle of fire and light! Improvisational fire spinning and LED performers light up the night.
  • Kaleidoscope Art and Entertainment: Magician and Face Painting
    New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    Expect the unexpected and lots of laughs with an interactive show that will entertain the whole family.
  • Buttonwood Brass Band
    UMass Dartmouth CVPA Star Store, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    Lounge to the trio performing jazz, classical, and the Great American Songbook.
  • Toe Jam Puppet Band
    The New Bedford Whaling Museum, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    Get ready for the “family fun band” in the Jacob’s Family Gallery with interactive silly songs and dancing.
  • Photo Booth
    Whaling Museum Lobby, 5 p.m. –8 p.m.
    funfotos2go has your keepsake special moments covered with complimentary photographs sent directly to your mobile device.
  • Inter Church Council Worship Service

Seamen’s Bethel, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

  • City of New Bedford Fireworks Display
    Head down to the bottom of Union Street just before Route 18, for ideal viewing of the spectacular fireworks over the harbor, commencing at 8:30 p.m.

“New Year’s Eve City Celebrates is a wonderful opportunity for area families and visitors to enjoy free, fun events for all ages in our historic downtown,” said Mayor Jon Mitchell. “We appreciate the generous support of Bristol County Savings Bank, which has sponsored City Celebrates for many years, and we are grateful that they are joined this year by Vineyard Wind and Claremont Companies.”