First Night Hartford ready to ring in the new year thanks to corporate donations


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — First Night Hartford is one of Connecticut’s biggest New Year’s Eve celebrations. But this year, the annual event had to get some help from Hartford’s business community for the tradition to continue.

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Jeff Devereaux, the Event Coordinator for First Night Hartford explained that in past years the city was able to play a big role, but the city’s financial troubles have made it challenging for many major events that happen throughout the year in Hartford.

He is grateful the Corporate Foundation and The Corporate Community Foundations donated enough money to make his event happen.

Devereux didn’t mention how much it costs to run First Night Hartford or how much money organizers were able to raise after reaching out to businesses. But, people in Hartford are glad the effort worked.

“It gives everybody something to do and bring things and people back to Hartford,” said Donnie May of Hartford.

“It only happens once a year and 2020’s gonna be good year and I think everybody should have a good time and get together and have a big party here,” said Rich Vicino of Hartford.

Devereux says First Night is a family fun event with activities for the kids and the whole family to enjoy starting at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Those activities include skating at the rink at Bushnell Park and crafts at nearby museums.

There are concerts at night. Fireworks blast off twice — once at 6 p.m. (News8’s Suzie Hunter will lead the crowd) and another time at midnight (Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin will lead the countdown to 2020).

Organizers promise a good time and worked hard to keep the costs down for people of all ages.

“It’s free from (ages) zero to two,” Devereux said. “From 3 to 15 it’s $3, and 16 plus it’s $12.”

For more information and tickets, be sure to head to or your local AAA store.

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