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Sparks in the Park: New Year's Eve Fireworks Celebration

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Downtown Gainesville! Begin the evening at Depot Park – music, a beautiful sunset, FIREWORKS, and more! Then take a 5-minute stroll down the glowing rainbow of lights lining SE 2nd and SE 3rd Streets to continue your evening at Bo Diddley Plaza with live music and the official countdown to 2019. 

5p: Bring blankets and chairs and find a spot in Depot Park to enjoy the last sunset of 2018 while a DJ hosts a family-friendly dance party on the main stage blasting tunes and SNOW 360 degrees around the Hill.

6:30p: The fun continues in Depot Park with ‘Sparks in the Park,’ a 15-minute musically choreographed fireworks show over the main pond. 

7p: Directly following the firework display, guests are invited to ‘GLOW Downtown,’ where SE 2nd & 3rd Street sidewalks, connecting Depot Park to Bo Diddley Plaza, will be lined with a glowing rainbow of lights leading to The Hippodrome Theatre. The walk is only 5-10 minutes and approximately 0.46 miles.

7-9p: Refuel for more festivities at one of Gainesville's scrumptious Downtown restaurants! There are mouthwatering options for every pallet, all within walking distance!

9p: The 'Downtown Countdown' will be held at Bo Diddley Plaza with headliners The Impostors (The Beatles tribute band) and The Shakedown(contemporary blues). Revelers are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to the plaza for seating.

11:59p: Official Countdown to 2019 at Bo Diddley Plaza!

PARKING OPTIONS: The Depot Park parking lot will be designated for ADA parking and both of the event overflow parking lots will be open. Downtown has parking options and is only a 5-minute walk. We highly encourage using public transit, biking, or ridesharing to our 15 min loading lot on Depot Ave. Parking maps will be posted soon.


Earlier Event: December 30
Kids Yoga at Depot Park
Later Event: January 5
Depot Park parkrun