Residents and visitors are in for a treat with an early confetti countdown for kids, two live musical performances, vendors and a street party during Midnight on Front Street, Hattiesburg’s New Year’s Eve celebration on Dec. 31.
Scheduled for an entire evening, the event will feature live music from Hub City Sound Machine, Big Fun Brass Band and Hattiesburger native DJ Kujho.
“Thanks to several generous sponsors and our partnerships with the Downtown Hattiesburg Association and Visit Hattiesburg, we have a full slate of fun for Hattiesburgers of all ages,” said Mayor Toby Barker. ” he said. “With a countdown for the kids at the Pocket Museum earlier in the evening for live music, we continue to build a top destination event in the Gulf South.”
New this year, the Kids’ Confetti Countdown in Pocket Museum Alley will feature crafts, concessions and family-friendly activities. The venue will open at 6:30 p.m. and will end with a countdown of its own – a confetti balloon pop at 8 p.m.
“This is a great opportunity to bring the family downtown and enjoy the New Year’s Eve festivities early if getting home and in bed before midnight is a priority for families,” Barker said.
In addition to live music, the event will feature street food and drink vendors, and many downtown restaurants and merchants are open for business during the event.
“This event is a time-honored tradition and we are proud to partner with the city for the fifth year to host it,” said Downtown Hattiesburg Association Director Andrea Saffle. “Many of our merchants host their own VIP parties that include special menus, bathroom 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’s agenda includes:
- 4 p.m. – Event perimeter roads will be closed to traffic in Downtown Hattiesburg for event staging.
- 6:30 p.m. – Pocket Museum Alley Confetti Countdown event begins.
- 8 p.m. – Balloon Pop in the alley and Hub City Sound Machine starts playing on the Front Street stage.
- 9 p.m. – DJ Kujho kicks off, serving as the mercenary for the event.
- 10:15 p.m. – The 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 Drop – Hub Sign and Double Fireworks.
- 1 a.m. – Event ends.
- 2 am – All local businesses and restaurants close.
The city’s public safety teams and the traffic department at Transportation & Engineering are working closely to map the perimeter of the event, focusing on safety, walkability and crowd control. Road closures and traffic details will be announced the week of the event.
“In addition to supporting fireworks safety with the Hattiesburg Fire Department, our departments work closely with the city’s traffic department to focus on the safety of all our residents and visitors during this event,” said Chief of Hattiesburg Police Peggy Sealy. “We will have a large presence throughout the night, with officers on foot to help with crowd control and extra officers on bike patrol. Above all, public safety is a priority.
“Individual fireworks and vehicle traffic will not be allowed in restricted zones.”
The event will also have public safety support from AAA and the Forrest County Sherriff’s Department. For a complete agenda, details on parking, Hub City transit and more, visit hburgnye.com.