After 35 years of celebrating First Night, Burlington has adopted a new celebration called “Highlight”. The long-running tradition ended in 2017 due to financial woes.
Highlight will tie in the annual parade downtown, fireworks, and some of the same performers, all while looking to improve community involvement.
“To hear the need for something to happen in Burlington on New Years Eve and answer it with a new creative approach,” said Zach Williamson, Director of Highlight.
Some new events include ice skating at Leddy park and a free bonfire in Waterfront Park.
Downtown bars also expected to be packed with people ringing in the New Year. No matter your plans, police want you to be safe this holiday season.
“Three big things: 1. Wear your seatbelt. 2. Drive the speed limit, don’t speed in excess of the speed limit. and 3. Don’t drink and drive,” said Sgt. Francis Gonyaw with the Colchester Police Department.
There will be more patrols on roadways across Vermont as part of a holiday crackdown.