2020 First Night® Springfield
Springfield Area Arts Council’s signature event is First Night® Springfield, a family-friendly, handicapped-accessible, and affordable event.
Last year’s First Night® Springfield was the city’s 33rd annual New Year’s Eve Celebration of the arts, presented by the Springfield Area Arts Council on December 31, 2019.
First Night® originated in Boston in 1976 as a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration. Springfield’s First Night® was the first in Illinois and remains the longest running.
First Night® Springfield was opened on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve—Tuesday, December 31—with FREE children’s hands-on creative activities and entertainment in three areas at Springfield High School from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M.
At 4:15, Mark Gifford presented a theatre organ concert in the Springfield High School auditorium.
5:00pm marked the start of the evening’s entertainment on multiple stages at the Hoogland Center for the Arts and the Lincoln Home Visitors Center.
The traditional First Night fireworks display began at 8:00 P.M. at Fourth Street and Capitol Avenue. The fireworks were designed by Nostalgia Pyrotechnics under the direction of Carl Steinmacher.
Following the fireworks, another round of First Night performances began at the Hoogland Center for the Arts and the Lincoln Home Visitors Center.
The celebration concluded at 11:15 so that attendees could get home or to a favorite spot to ring in the New Year.
FIRST NIGHT® SPRINGFIELD SUPPORTERS
SUPPORTERS OF FIRST NIGHT® SPRINGFIELD
Douglas J. Kamholz
Springfield Poets and
IN-KIND FRIENDS OF FIRST NIGHT® SPRINGFIELD
Abraham Lincoln Home
National Historic Site
Color World of Printing
Illinois State Museum
Lindee Hall and Sue
Shaw (raffle and
Springfield High School
Kim Leistner Root,
SILENT AUCTION AND RAFFLE DONORS
CDS/Color World of Printing
Chesapeake Seafood House
for the Arts
Horse Creek Outfitters
Magicians (Ring 239)
Knights Action Park
R & R Bindery
Bobby and Sue Shaw
Springfield Area Arts Council