First Night Ocean City NJ



Come celebrate a family-friendly New Year's Eve in Ocean City, N.J. First Night offers more than 70 opportunities to catch 30 different shows and activities at 21 venues throughout town. You will find entertainment that satisfies every taste and age group. 

First Night was founded 29 years ago and modeled after an alcohol-free New Year's Eve celebration in Boston that marked the nation's bicentennial in 1976. The first celebration in Ocean City included 25 entertainment acts at five different locations with about 800 people attending. While other First Night events have faded, Ocean City's has only grown more popular with families making it an annual tradition for a safe New Year's Eve. Today, attendance is capped at 10,000 with admission buttons selling out year after year.


BUY A BUTTON: All-inclusive admission buttons are on sale now. One price ($15) is good for all events. Click here to purchase online, call 609-399-6111 or stop by the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center near the Ninth Street Bridge.

ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE: See the tentative 2022 OCNJ First Night entertainment and activity lineup, and check back for updates.

VOLUNTEER INFO: Learn how you can help on the night of the event. 

OCNJ FIRST DAY 5K: Click Here to register for the OCNJ First Day 5k!


Check back at firstnightocnj.com (our new dedicated site will be completed soon) for full descriptions of all events, information on getting around on First Night, dining and shopping options, and more on our popular First Day events, including a boardwalk run and the chilly first dip of the season.