Ring in the New Year at First Night Buffalo

Ring in the New Year at First Night Buffalo

28th annual drug- and alcohol-free event kicks-off New Year festivities downtown

BUFFALO, NY, December 28, 2016 – Join the Independent Health Foundation as they present First Night Buffalo®, the ultimate drug- and alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration. The event will be held from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 31, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

The Independent Health Foundation and its partners gave a sneak peak of this year’s lineup at a media event Thursday at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. The annual holiday family tradition, now in its 28th year in downtown Buffalo, offers safe, family-friendly activities for all ages to ring in the New Year with rides and amusements. New attractions this year include Dueling Pianos, competitive trampolinists group Flippen Out, drum line DownBeat Percussion (you may also recognize them as the Buffalo Bills Stampede) and Reza Live, the nation’s top touring illusionist. Popular returning attractions include Hybrid Fitness Buffalo – American Ninja Warrior Training, Jeff Musial – The Animal Guy, the Bubble Black Light Dance Party, family fitness challenge, the Toddler Zone, health screenings, Storybook Characters and the Midway Caravan: The Backyard Circus & Family Puppet Parade.

To cap off the event, at 9:45 p.m. there will be a special performance by Reza Live, followed by a confetti countdown and balloon drop.

“Independent Health is pleased to once again to support First Night Buffalo, a mainstay event in our region, which engages our community in healthy and fun activities to ring in the New Year,” said Michael W. Cropp, M.D., president and chief executive officer, Independent Health. “All of us have the opportunity to create healthier habits for ourselves and our families, and First Night Buffalo is the perfect place to make that commitment and start the year off right. Thank you to all of the sponsors and volunteers who make this outstanding event possible.”

"I'm happy to celebrate Independent Health's 28th Annual First Night Buffalo,” said Mayor Byron Brown. “This is a safe alternative for our residents and their families to bring in a healthy and happy 2017. Every year, this event provides numerous activities and great entertainment for our community. Thank you to the Independent Health Foundation for continuing to provide an alcohol and drug-free New Year's Eve celebration at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center."

“First Night has become an annual tradition for many families and we enjoy seeing them come back each year,” said Carrie Meyer, executive director, Independent Health Foundation. “We are always pleased to continue presenting this fun, affordable and safe event for the community to enjoy and begin a healthy, happy New Year.”

Tickets are now on sale at all area Wegmans locations for $10, which includes all rides, attractions and activities. Children ages 2-years-old and under are free. Tickets are $12 at the door.

Free parking is available for attendees at the Fernbach and Main Place Mall parking ramps, thanks to the Buffalo Civic Auto Ramps, Buffalo Board of Parking and Mayor Brown.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit the First Night Buffalo website at www.firstnightbuffalo.org, or call (716) 635-4959. Visit us on Facebook at facebook.com/IndependentHealthFoundation to see frequent updates on this year’s lineup.

First Night Buffalo is presented by the Independent Health Foundation and sponsored by WKBW-TV Channel 7, Independent Health, The Buffalo News, VSP Graphic Group and Lamar.

Established in 1992, the Independent Health Foundation works to improve the health and well-being of Western New York residents through awareness, prevention, education and other programs focused on community health priorities. For more information on the Foundation’s activities, visit www.independenthealth.com/foundation