First Night Bethlehem

2019 First Night Logo

Bethlehem’s First Night 2019 Celebration, a family friendly, fun event, will be held on New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31 kicking off at 6:30 p.m. with fireworks followed by entertainment and activities within walking distance of the Four Corners.

This year, we are again partnering with the Chamber of Commerce, Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation, Bethlehem Senior Projects, Bethlehem Opportunities Unlimited, Bethlehem Community Fund, and other sponsors as well as a network of volunteers.

Proceeds from button sales will be divided equally among the four following non-profits:

Bethlehem Community Fund’s mission is to raise monies to fill the gap left by traditional social services. Teachers, nurses, guidance counselors, school social workers and area clergy make most of the requests for assistance. Children receive help with school supplies, tutoring expenses, eyeglasses, clothing, camp tuition and other needs. Seniors may find assistance with utility bills, small home repairs, medical costs, a personal emergency response system or pet care. Each December, over 100 Bethlehem families receive holiday baskets of food, clothing and gifts. All First Night proceeds received by Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation are held in a Scholarship Fund to assist local individuals and families in need participate in town Parks and Recreation activities. Bethlehem Opportunities Unlimited (BOU) works closely with the Bethlehem Central School District to support positive activities for students as well as hosting annual forums designed to help parents and teens confront the challenges and opportunities facing them. Bethlehem Senior Projects, Inc. provides programming and funds to supplement the Senior Services Department, to sponsor the Bethlehem Food Pantry, and to support an emergency heating fund.


The performer application deadline has passed. Thank you to everyone who applied. Performer selections will be approved by committee and decisions will be communicated via email and/or phone.

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For more information, contact Robin Nagengast, Supervisor’s Office, 518-439-4955 ext. 1164 or

Would you like to participate by volunteering? We need adult volunteers at all locations. Please contact Joan Gavrilik at 518-605-6580 or by emailing to sign up!