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Ring in the New Year and the 100th anniversary of Saratoga Spring’s incorporation as a city with the First Night Saratoga fireworks display. At midnight, after a few words from Mayor of Saratoga Springs, Joanne Yepsen, and Matt Veitch, the Chairman of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors, Northstar Fireworks will present a dazzling display in Congress Park.  Congress Park cannot be entered during the fireworks, but Saratoga Arts provides a perfect viewing area by arranging for the streets to be closed at the intersection of Spring and Putnam Streets, near the carousel.

The First Night Saratoga fireworks display is presented by Saratoga Arts with support from Saratoga County, the City of Saratoga Springs, the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau and Gaffney’s Restaurant.


5K Run

Registration for the 18th annual First Night Saratoga 5K opens on October 15th!


First Night Saratoga 5K participants receive a $5 discount off the purchase of their First Night buttons when it is purchased at the same time you register for the race!  

What is First Night? First Night Saratoga is the largest New Year’s Eve event in New York outside of NYC featuring over 80 musical and performing acts in over 30 venues.  As one of the oldest and largest First Night celebrations in the country, the event is the most affordable, accessible, family-friendly, safe and exciting way to spend New Year’s Eve in the region!

With this event, Saratoga Arts brings over seventy regional and touring performing groups to over thirty venues throughout Historic Downtown Saratoga Springs for this evening of live music, dance, comedy and other performances, attracting between 15,000 and 20,000 celebrants.

18th Annual First Night Saratoga 5K Run

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 5:30pm
Skidmore College Athletic Complex
Saratoga Springs, NY

Start and finish on the beautiful Skidmore campus. The first ¾ mile is a gradual uphill on the perimeter road. The course exits the campus at Clinton Avenue and continues to Greenfield Avenue, continuing up North Broadway and back to campus. This is a moderately challenging course, including both hills and downgrades.

Limited to 1,500 Runners: Due to the overwhelming success of this run, and having to close-out registration several years in a row, there will be no day of race registration.

Check-In: Packet pick-up 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. the day of the race at Skidmore College Athletic Complex. Parking, restrooms, and showers are available. Refreshments after the race.

The race will be timed by ARE Event Productions using the ChronoTrack B-Tag. This is a small and flat chip that comes affixed to the back of your bib. You must wear your bib on your outer-most layer and it must not be altered in any way. Do not flatten, bend, nor crease your bib. These chips do not get returned, making for a smooth and easy finishing process. Results will be immediately available at following the event.

Awards: To the top three overall male and female finishers, and top three male and female finishers in each 5-year age division. No duplicate awards.

Shirts: All registered runners will receive a limited edition First Night Saratoga moisture wicking, long-sleeve t-shirt.

Finisher Medals: All race finishers will receive a commemorative First Night Saratoga medal.

Rules of Competition: Due to the hour of the race, anyone with dogs or carriages is prohibited from running. We reserve the right to cancel the race due to weather conditions that cause the running surface to be hazardous to the runners’ safety.

Register Early!  $25 includes registration discount if received by November 28, 2014. After November 28, 2014 registration is $30.  Entry fees are nonrefundable and non-transferable. Mailed entries will not be accepted when 1,500 runners are registered.  

Registration:  Registering for the First Night Saratoga 5K is easy!  You can register online,  or you can register via mail by printing out our 5K registration form and mailing it to: First Night Saratoga 5K, c/o AREEP | PO Box 38195, Albany, NY 12203 - SPECIAL $10 FIRST NIGHT BUTTONS FOR FIRST NIGHT 5K REGISTRANTS!



Make plans for a New Year's Eve getaway!

at one of Saratoga's amazing restaurants

...and ENJOY
FIRST NIGHT SARATOGA 2016 - an evening filled with live music, dance, comedy, and midnight fireworks!

First Night will keep you warm! 

All of our venues are inside, heated, and with free (and warm!) bus service thanks to CDTA, you don't have to worry about getting cold on your way to all the best First Night performances. 


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