First Night is a family friendly, non-alcoholic way of celebrating New Year’s Eve. In New Jersey there are a lot of family friendly parties, concerts and special events scattered all over the state. We will be adding more events as we find them. If you know of a great family celebration of New Year’s Eve in New Jersey that we missed, please leave us a comment below. Also see our other New Jersey New Year’s Eve Page. Here’s our guide and Happy New Year, New Jersey!

N.J. First Night Celebrations

Central Jersey First Night & Family Friendly Celebrations

The Hogmany Bonfire, Free: The Hogmanay Bonfire has been a Lawrence Historical Society tradition for 16 years. The bonfire began as a way to showcase the Brearley House while it was being renovated and proved to be so popular it has become an annual event. The first bonfire was suggested by Joe Logan, who remembered fires like this from his childhood in Savannah. In his hometown the fires marked the end of the holidays and they were a good way to get rid of the family Christmas tree. LHS took Logan’s suggestion and combined it with Hogmanay, another festival that often includes bonfires and a large community gathering. The Hogmanay Bonfire will take place in the Great Meadow behind the Brearley House and will be lit promptly at 6:00pm by our fire master, Joe Logan. A bagpiper will be onsite to entertain the crowd and the house will be open for tours. Get more info

Jersey Shore First Night

Ocean City First Night 2014, $15 Button: Ocean City sponsors one of the biggest parties in New Jersey to ring in the new year. The celebration begins in the afternoon and continues all night long. The festivities include a long list of concerts featuring just about any type of music you might want, including: rock, country, folk, doo wop, Broadway, gospel, big band and barbershop quartet music. That’s not to mention the other entertainment like: jugglers, magicians, story tellers and Irish Dancers. The town also sponsors a 3 course Taste of the Jersey Shore type dinner. It features dishes provided by the Ocean City Restaurant Association. This N.J. First Night is capped off with a fireworks display at midnight to welcome in the new year. Get more info

Seaside Heights First Night 2014, $5.00: Seaside Heights celebrates First Night a little earlier than any other town in New Jersey. Their party begins at noon on Tuesday, December the 31st and culminates with a fireworks display at 5:00 p.m. on the Boardwalk. The event features family fun at local arcades on the boardwalk. Bracelets are required and are on sale now at the arcades and at the County Connection. Get more info

Fireworks @ Sea Isle City, Free:

Fireworks @ Sea Isle City, Free: Sea Isle City sponsors a New Year’s Eve celebration at the City Hall in the gymnasium. The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. and run till 7:30 p.m. The event features family activities, dancing, food, refreshments, entertainments and a falling crystal … city website for more information.

North Jersey First Night

First Night Morris, $20.00: Morris County rings in the New Year’s Eve with a non-alcoholic celebration of the arts and culture. Held in Morristown, it features over 400 artists and 80 performances at 24 venues. You’ll find all types of performances: jazz, world music, rock, theatre, dance and comedy. It is an incredible bargain with advance tickets available at 17.50 each for a 4 pack, or $20.00 each. Events take place in venues within walking distance of Morristown Green. Some of those venues are: The Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown High School, Morris County administration buildings, and places of worship. The celebration begins at 7 p.m. on December 31, and ends with fireworks at 9:00 p.m. and midnight. Get more info

Maplewood-South Orange First Night: First Night Maplewood South Orange is back after a two-year hiatus. This Essex County community event brings families a night of music, food, entertainment, and dance. It takes place on Wednesday, December 31, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. First Night Maplewood South Orange will have DJs, food vendors, circus acts, reptile shows, magic, music for children, dancing, and headliners The Nerds. Through December 24, 2014, wristbands are $16.00 online, or $15.00 at the door. After December 24, 2014, wristbands are $21.00 online, or $20.00 at the door. Children under 3 are admitted free. Wristbands also can be purchased from local retailers … M-SO First Night

South N.J. First Night

New Year’s Eve Kids Kazoo Parade, Collingswood, Free: Take the kids out for a chance to toot their own horn or kazoo. The Pop Shop in Collingswood will be holding their 5th annual kazoo parade this year. All the kids will be given kazoos at the restaurant and the parade will start at 4:15 p.m. Mummers from a local string band will lead the children down the street where a New Year’s Eve Countdown will be held and cookies will be served. The restaurant will be serving dinner that night till 10:00 p.m. … Crazy Kazoos in Collingswood

First Night Burlington County: Cancelled for 2014.

First Night Haddonfield, $15.00 Buttons: For an epic family event on New Year’s Eve, there is First Night Haddonfield. Held on Wednesday, December 31, 2014, this event features comedy, theater, magic, music, dance, and children’s programs. One of the longest running First Nights in the country, First Night Haddonfield is held at 20 separate venues in Historic Haddonfield. It starts at 6:00 p.m. and ends at 12:00 a.m. Buttons for this event are $15.00 per person. Children 2 and under are free. They … More info here.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks on Battleship New Jersey, Camden, $20.00 For amazing fireworks your family always will treasure, get advance tickets for Fireworks: Viewed from the Battleship New Jersey. On Wednesday, December 31, 2014, there will be two firework displays aboard the historic battleship. The first is at 6:00 p.m., and the second is at 12:00 a.m. The fireworks will be shot over the … Fireworks over Philly

Battleship USS New Jersey Overnight Encampment with Fireworks, $72.00: Ring in the New Year with an entirely different type of experience, staying overnight on the Battleship New Jersey. You’ll enjoy one of the best views of the fireworks over the Delaware River from the decks of The Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial. Tickets are 64.95 per person and dinner, a chow-line breakfast, a tour of the ship and a ride in the 4D Flight Simulator are included. More info

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