Residents and visitors alike are in for a treat with an early confetti countdown for children, two live musical acts, vendors and a street party during midnight on Front Street, Hattiesburg’s New Year’s Eve celebration on December 31.
Scheduled for an all-night event, the event will feature live music from Hub City Sound Machine, Big Fun Brass Band and native Hattiesburger DJ Kujho.
“Thanks to several generous sponsors and our partnerships with the Downtown Hattiesburg Association and Visit Hattiesburg, we have a full line of entertainment for Hattiesburgers of all ages,” said Mayor Toby Barker. said. “With a children’s countdown in the Pocket Museum driveway earlier in the night for live music, we continue to create a premier destination event in the southern Gulf.”
New this year, the confetti countdown for kids in the pocket museum driveway will feature crafts, concessions and family activities. The area will open at 6:30 p.m. and end with a countdown – a balloon pop with confetti at 8 p.m.
“It’s a great opportunity to bring the family downtown and enjoy the New Year’s festivities early if being home and in bed by midnight is a priority for families,” Barker said.
In addition to live music, the event will feature street food and drink vendors with several downtown restaurants and businesses open for the duration of the event.
“This event is a centuries-old tradition and we are proud to partner with the City for the fifth year to host it,” said Andrea Saffle, director of the Downtown Hattiesburg Association. “Many of our merchants host their own VIP celebrations to include special menus, restroom access, drinks and special perks. It’s always a fun event, and we look forward to seeing residents and visitors here on Front Street, at midnight.
Downtown restaurants with events include Southern Prohibition, The Porter, Blu Jazz Cafe, Bourbon on Front, Hattiesburgers and Blues, and Trattoria.
The evening program includes:
- 4:00 p.m. – Event perimeter roads will be closed to traffic in downtown Hattiesburg for the event.
- 6:30 p.m. – The Confetti Countdown event in the Pocket Museum driveway begins.
- 8:00 p.m. – Balloon pops down the aisle and Hub City Sound Machine begins playing on the Front Street stage.
- 9:00 p.m. – DJ Kujho begins, as the event’s emcee.
- 10:15 p.m. – Big Fun Brass Band begins playing on the Front Street stage.
- 11:15 p.m. – DJ Kujho takes over as the crowd prepares to count down to midnight.
- 11:55 p.m. – Mayor Barker makes remarks and begins the countdown to midnight.
- Midnight – Hub panel drops and double fireworks take place.
- 1 a.m. – End of the event.
- 2 a.m. – All local businesses and restaurants close.
City public safety teams and the transportation and engineering traffic division are working closely to map the perimeter of the event, focusing on safety, walking and crowd control. Road closures and traffic details will be posted the week of the event.
“In addition to fireworks safety support with the Hattiesburg Fire Department, our divisions are working closely with the city’s traffic division to focus on the safety of all of our residents and visitors during of this event,” Hattiesburg Police Chief Peggy Sealy said. “We will have a large presence throughout the night, with officers walking around to help with crowd control and additional officers on bike patrol. Above all, public safety is a priority.
“Individual fireworks and vehicle traffic in blocked areas will not be permitted.”
The event will also have public safety support from the AAA and the Forrest Sherriff County Department. For a full schedule, details on parking, Hub City transit and more, visit hburgnye.com.