Mission: First Night® Morris County, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, seeks to foster the public’s appreciation of visual and performing arts through an innovative, diverse, and high-quality New Year’s Eve program which offers the community a shared cultural experience that is accessible and affordable to all.
What is First Night? First Night® Morris County began in 1992 and is now the LARGEST First Night® in New Jersey, attracting nearly 10,000 participants each year. An alcohol-free and substance-free celebration of arts and culture, First Night® Morris County attracts families, seniors, singles and anyone looking for an exciting way to ring in the New Year!
Program: First Night® Morris County features more than 200 artists in over 70 performances at 22 venues throughout Morristown ranging from dance and comedy to music and children’s performers. The event has showcased rock and roll, classical, blues, jazz, opera, choral music, and so much more. Attendees return year after year to see their favorite performers and new artists for the first time. Artistic programming is made possible by Morris Arts.
Fireworks light up the sky at 9PM with a grand finale fireworks display at midnight!
Where is First Night? First Night® performances take place in venues within walking distance of the Morristown Green, including Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown High School, county administration buildings, and numerous places of worship in the immediate area. The evening continues regardless of the weather. Free parking is provided at select locations, and complimentary shuttle service runs all evening.
Who Organizes First Night? First Night® Morris County is run by a volunteer Board of Trustees whose members come from a variety of backgrounds and work year-round to support the mission of First Night® Morris County.
Our Advisory Board is comprised of a diverse group of dedicated community members who share insights and feedback regarding First Night Morris County. These individuals meet 3 times a year to help shape the First Night experience.
If you are interested in joining our Advisory Board, please contact us for more information about this rewarding experience!
Advisory Board Co-Chair & Former Chair, First Night Morris County
Chair, First Night Morris County
Former Chair, First Night Morris County
Mayor Timothy Dougherty of Morristown
UPS Store of Morristown & Morristown Rotary
Steven F. Miller
Infinite Dimensions Inc.
Municipal Alliance of Morris County
Mayo Performing Arts Center
Morristown Police Department
Boy Scouts of America
Executive Business Brokers
Full House Events
Advisory Board Co-Chair, First Night Morris County