First Night was founded 27 years ago and modeled after an alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration in Boston that marked the nation’s bicentennial in 1976. The first celebration in Ocean City included 25 entertainment acts at five different locations with about 800 people attending. While other First Night events have faded, Ocean City’s has only grown more popular with families making it an annual tradition for a safe New Year’s Eve. Today, attendance is capped at 10,000 with admission buttons selling out year after year.

First Night offers more than 70 opportunities to catch more than 30 different shows and activities at 22 venues throughout town. You will find entertainment that satisfies every taste and age group. To realize maximum enjoyment from First Night, plan your itinerary in advance and have a great time.

The City of Ocean City’s Community Services Department organizes the event. If you have questions, call 609-399-6111. To see more on how to have fun in Ocean City year-round, visit or call 1-800-BEACH-NJ to check out why Ocean City has been named the No. 1 Family Beach Resort in the nation.

Thank you for selecting First Night as your New Year’s entertainment. Have a happy and safe New Year.

Tickets are $20.