City to Host Free Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration and Fireworks


If you don’t have plans to be at a party for New Year’s Eve, at church or watching the ball drop at Times Square, the City of Rochester will be hosting a free, family-friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration Tuesday night, from 7 to 10 p.m., at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center on East Main St.

“Rochester’s New Year’s Eve Celebration has developed into a wonderful tradition and is becoming the source of many wonderful memories for the children of this community,” said Mayor Thomas Richards.

The festivities will kick off with a DJ Dance Party for the whole family featuring Jimmy C’s Music Machine. Kid-friendly inflatable attractions will include a giant bounce house, climbing wall, obstacle course and giant slide. The City’s “Rec on the Move” program will provide crafts. Visitors will be able to get their pictures taken in an Old Time Photo Booth. Caricature artists, airbrush tattoo artists, a stilt walker and a magician will be featured as well. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

At 9:50 p.m., the crowd will move outside the Convention Center where they will be welcomed by Mayor Richards. Gary Mervis, founder and chairman of Camp Good Days and Special Times, will lead the crowd in a “KazooFest” just prior to the City’s spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks finale at 10 p.m.

Also available will be free open skating at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park Ice Rink with music provided by Beal’s Rock & Roll Review. A Family Skate will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., followed by an Adult Skate, 17 and older from 9 to 11 p.m. Limited skate rental will be available for $3 per person with a valid NYS license.

“I encourage all area residents to come Downtown this New Year’s Eve and enjoy an evening of safe, wholesome entertainment for all ages,” Richards said. “Let’s ring in the New Year together and remind ourselves why Rochester is such an incredible place to raise a family.”