About First Night
First Night was originally created by a group of civic-minded artists in Boston as a meaningful alternative to traditional New Year's Eve revelry. First Night Boston began in 1976 as a finale to Bicentennial events. However it sparked a new tradition, bringing neighboring communities together through a joint celebration.
Soon other communities began to ask First Night Boston's founding memebers for assistance starting their own similar celebration on New Year's Eve. The Tri-Cities became a First Night® community in 1996 - we are one of three remaining cities in Washington (besides Spokane and Tacoma) that celebrates First Night® with music, dance and fireworks.