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Hotel, Lodging, Annapolis MDCelebrating New Year’s 2018 Eve in Annapolis gives visitors the opportunity to have a family oriented outing based on the “First Night” concept that lets visitors of all ages have fun in a safe environment.

Part I

Annapolis’s celebration starts at 3 p.m., but there will be a new location this year at Weems Whalen Field, which is behind the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts and Bates Middle School. Live music will be played by teen bands who are students at the nearby Lee Priddy Music Academy. Kids can also enjoy the moon bounce, a 65-foot long obstacle course, face painting, and a fireworks display at 5:30 p.m. For convenience, a free Circulator Shuttle will go to and from Weems Whalen Field to the Park Place Garage.

Part II

Beginning at 8:00 p.m., the family-friendly fun starts up again at the City Dock with a DJ spinning tunes until 9 p.m. The Radio City Band then comes in and plays until midnight, when they will start up the traditional countdown to 2018 that climaxes with spectacular midnight fireworks.


New Year’s Annapolis events are free of charge, and all visitors are welcome. Badges or buttons are not needed to ring in the New Year in Maryland’s historic capital city.

Annapolis New Year’s Eve Entertainment Schedule (December 31, 2017)

Family Friendly Entertainment – 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Early Bird Fireworks Display – 5:30 p.m.

Party on the Dock with Live Music – 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Radio City Band – 9:00 p.m. to Midnight

Fireworks Spectacular! – Midnight

Best Midnight Fireworks Viewing Spots

The most advantageous viewing spots for the New Year’s midnight fireworks show in Annapolis are listed below.

Annapolis Harbor, aboard a boat

Main Street

Northeast of the Severn River

Parks facing Spa Creek

Susan Campbell Park


Noah Hillman Parking Garage – 150 Gorman Street

South Street Lot – South Street off of Church Circle

Gotts Court Parking Garage – 25 Northwest Street

Knighton Parking Garage – 1A Colonial Avenue

Park Place – 1 Park Place

Your Inn Near New Year’s 2018 Celebrations

The celebrations are within 2 miles of Gibson’s Lodgings, a historic inn located in downtown Annapolis. Call us to reserve your room at our toll free number (877) 330-0057. We’ll be very happy to serve you and your family throughout the year.

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