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First Night in Fullerton

First Night in Fullerton

The City of Fullerton celebrated the 28th anniversary of the annual “First Night Fullerton” on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 12 midnight. This popular family-oriented, alcohol-free event took place in Downtown Fullerton on Harbor Blvd., Pomona Ave., and Wilshire Ave. The event was very well attended, with an estimated crowd of 10,000 attendees thanks in large part to good weather, attentive City staff, including our Police and Fire Departments..


This year’s festival featured four musical stage performances sponsored by GigabitNow Fullerton. On the Main Stage we had Soundbytes (Variety), Pomona Stage hosted The Deloreans (80s tribute), Wilshire Stage had the Jasmine Fields Band (Country), and the Harbor Stage, the Arena Red Band (Rock). The downtown streets had roaming stilt walkers, carnival games, food vendors, Kids Lane and, back by popular demand, Zip Lining on Harbor Blvd.  The festival concluded at midnight as the sky lit up with an incredible aerial display of fireworks to ring in the New Year.

Thank You to Our 2020 Sponsors


Event Parking

Free parking at:
  • The Plummer Parking Structure - located at the S/W corner of Lemon and Chapman Ave.
  • All City parking lots WEST of Harbor Blvd. - enter from Commonwealth Ave.
  • The Transportation Center lots and parking structure located at the S/E corner of Harbor Blvd. and Commonwealth Ave.
  • Fullerton College (Parking lots located off of Lemon and Chapman Avenues)
  • Each of these lots has designated parking spots for the disabled

First Night Fireworks

The "First Night" program began in Boston in 1976, as a cap to the nation's bicentennial. The event's goal is to broaden public appreciation of the visual and performing arts while offering an alternative to the traditional New Year's Eve celebrations which focus on alcohol and drinking.

There are now several hundred “First Night” cities throughout the United States and Canada. Fullerton was the first California city to offer the event, and is the only Orange County community to present a “First Night” celebration this year.

Persons requiring special accommodations to attend the event are asked to notify the Museum prior to December 31.

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Revised:   ‎01/13‎/‎2020