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 with Year Round Community Development Thru FNM365.
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!
What Is FNM365®? FNM365 is a Year-Round Community Development Program, dedicated to bringing the community together, not only for New Year’s Eve but all 365 days of the year. The FNM365® motto is “Together We Can.”FNM365® in conjunction with First Night Morris County Partners, Supporters, Volunteers, Patrons, and Community Members provide the following programs: Advisory Board, Artist Entrepreneurship, Button Donation, Community Reinvestment Program (CRP), Economic Empowerment and Literacy Initiative.
Program: First Night® Morris County features more than 100 artists with 40 plus performances at 16 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.
With the Dazzling Light Up The Light show at 9:15pm and a Midnight Countdown to Welcome in the New Year 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 and 6 Committees. Board and/or Committee 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 and oversee our year-round initiative, FNM365. These individuals meet 2 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
Timothy P. Dougherty
Mayor, Town of Morristown
The UPS Store of Morristown & Morristown Rotary Club
Mayo Performing Arts Center
Morristown Police Department
Boy Scouts of America
Vincent E. Pungello, Jr.
Pungello CPA LLC
Sandelands Eyet LLP
Brunswick Financial Group, LLC
Gina Marie Mattei
Hackensack Meridian Health Carrier Clinic
County College of Morris
Dan Della Paolera
First Night Morris County, Former Chair
Morris County School of Technology
Hyatt Regency Morristown
Hyatt Regency Morristown
New Jersey Small Business Development Center (NJSBDC) of Northwest Jersey
Tour Masters Productions
Full House Events
Advisory Board Co-Chair, First Night Morris County