BOSTON (CBS) – Due to budget constrictions, there will be no New Year’s Eve fireworks this year over Boston Harbor.

First Night 2017 organizers announced that the midnight fireworks on the waterfront have been canceled due to “funding limitations.”

Instead, the fireworks have been relocated to be a part of the midnight display above Copley Square.

Earlier in the night in Copley Square on New Year’s Eve, there will also be a parade at 6 p.m. and family fireworks at 7 p.m.

All of the Copley Square festivities are free of charge.

“It’s a beautiful night in Boston that night, so I encourage people to bring their kids in, bring their families in. You’ll really enjoy it,” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh told WBZ NewsRadio 1030.

Comments (5)
  1. Are the First Night organizers out of their minds? Fireworks in Copley Square with debris and sparks falling on historic buildings and frozen spectators? No thanks, I’d rather stay home and go to bed at the usual time.

  2. I agree with Jacqueline Lapidus. I’m not going into Copley Square. I had a reservation at the Hyatt Harborside to watch the fireworks but cancelled it. I’m not standing in the cold freezing my “legs off” to trot into Copley Square to watch the fireworks. Copley isn’t safe. Remember the Boston Marathon. No thank you. Staying home. No businesses will be getting my money. Merry Christmas!

  3. Ed James says:

    Dusty Rhodes and Conventures have ruined First Night activities altogether, and now canceling the fireworks is just par for the course. Boston First Night is now the laughingstock of all First Nights across the country, which were originally inspired by the Boston activities.

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