Fireworks Light up America’s First Destination with a Week of Sparkling and Splashy Events

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PROVINCETOWN, Mass. – The town of Provincetown is set to host a week of festivities to usher in 2016 at the tip of Cape Cod, Dec. 30 – Jan. 3. The First Light Provincetown celebration adds a new extended weekend to its popular winter visitor calendar, featuring popular entertainment, special theme dance parties, lively community competitions and a weekend fireworks show that will ring visitors into the New Year with a bang.
“Provincetown is known the world over for throwing grand parties. We annually welcome thousands to celebrate Independence Day in July, and now we’re going to warm up the town with hot entertainers, fireworks, fun events and the friendly atmosphere of our town for another favorite holiday,” said David B. Panagore, Provincetown’s new Town Manager. “New Year’s in Ptown is a natural.”
First Light Provincetown activities kick off on Wednesday, Dec. 30, when some of America’s oldest pubs and intimate bars and clubs will serve specialty drinks and keep the dance floors gyrating through the weekend. Of course, Commercial Street shopping will help you fashion the perfect outfit for New Year’s revelry.
Put 2015 behind you on New Year’s Eve, when the town’s terrific restaurants are offering prix fixe menus to serve, along with your favorite bubbly. Enjoy early entertainment provided by The Payomet Performing Arts Center being featured in performance at Town Hall. A lineup of parties for every taste is on tap once romance and resolutions meet at midnight, as Ptown’s venerable dance clubs and bars challenge your endurance, with extended hours until 2 a.m. Participating venues for weeklong events include: The A-House, Crown & Anchor’s Paramount, Wave and Vault, The Gifford House Bar, Porchside and Purgatory, Governor Bradford, Shipwreck Lounge, Squealing Pig, and The Underground Bar.
After ringing in 2016, wake up for New Year’s Day brunch, a can’t-miss annual tradition in Ptown. Join townies for the Pajama Brunch, an early energy booster to keep your juices flowing, presented by the Mews Restaurant and Café. The frigid waters of Cape Cod Bay host the New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge, and after, you can shake off the shivers and warm up at the Aprés Chill Chili Party, to get you ready for another devilish night out on the town. Ptown staple, Miss Richfield, presents the can’t-miss “Fall On Your Knees” in two early evening shows at the Crown & Anchor.
Saturday, Jan. 2, brings Ptown streets awash in color and glitter, as revelers in holiday fashions fit for a queen gather for New Year’s Drag Bingo. For the first time in more than a decade, Cape Cod Bay skies explode with the First Light Fireworks show off MacMillan Pier.* Dina Martina brings her outrageous comedy, “Slightly Belated Christmas Show,” to the Crown & Anchor stage, where Suede in Concert shares the limelight.
First Light Provincetown adds its signature to one of the most awarded international destinations for LGBTQ adventures, including being rated as the “Best Resort Town” by GayCities.com and one of “America’s Quirkiest Towns” by Travel and Leisure.
To view special New Year’s events and a year-round schedule of special activities in Provincetown, visit Ptown.org/new-years-in-Provincetown.
* (Fireworks move to Friday, Jan. 1, if rain appears in the forecast.)