New traditions for New Year’s Eve in Riverfront Park

New traditions for New Year’s Eve in Riverfront Park

Revellers ringing in the new year at Riverfront Park will do so a little differently Monday night. The annual fireworks show will begin at 9:00pm to accommodate the event’s family-friendly focus.

For the first year since 2001, Spokane will not have a First Night party. Part of the non-profits planning for that event involved the fireworks show which will now be in the hands of Riverfront Park staff.

The earlier start time is meant to make the event more family friendly but also to allow for the use of multiple park features. The Looff Carousel and the ice ribbon will stay open until 10:00pm, during the fireworks, so people can enjoy both.

Across the street, staff at O’Doherty’s Irish Bar and Grille are preparing for their usually busy New Year’s Eve crowd- their front window offers a clear view of the clock tower, where the fireworks will be launched.

But, general manager Jeffery Barlow does expect to see some change in the crowd because of the different schedule. As a bar, they’ll see the late-night party crowd, but they also serve a lot of families, the group mostly likely impacted by the changes.

“I think we’ll see less people but that also allows us to maybe spend a little extra time with the people that are down here and try to have a really good time,” he said.

Across town, the corner of bars at Division and Main is preparing for their annual crowds, not expected to be any smaller because of the New Year’s changes.

“We don’t seem to be too affected by anything in general, I think maybe the fireworks being earlier might help with people arriving earlier.” said Joey LaRocque, who owns the Globe.

Watch the KXLY live stream of the fireworks here.

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