Northampton ‘First Night’ celebration a success

Hampshire County

The celebration of welcoming in a new year is over, and many partied like it was 2019 Monday night.

Downtown Northampton was quiet on the first day of the new year. But not before thousands stood in the rain as they welcomed in 2019 Monday night at Northampton’s annual First Night.

Many surrounding Hotel Northampton to get a glimpse of the new year’s eve ball rise. 

“We had a great time, rain didn’t seem to deter that many people, fireworks were great,” Matt Roy of Northampton said. “It seemed like everyone still made the most of it.”

The raindrops didn’t get in the way of the annual firework display, many looking up at the night sky taking in the beauty. 

While many stayed up to ring in the new year, others like Seth Mias from Holyoke called it an early night because his kids had to go to bed. 

“We did an early dinner down at Eastside Grill which was fantastic,” Mias said. “Then we were in bed by 11 o’clock. These two guys make it tough to party late these days.”

Other’s staying up way past midnight to reminisce on the old and celebrate the new. 

Northampton police said there were no arrests made Monday night. 

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