First Night Morris update: Fireworks will launch from Fort Nonsense after all

Fireworks at First Night Morris 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Fireworks at First Night Morris 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove


The federal government remains closed— but Fort Nonsense will re-open tonight, New Year’s Eve, as the traditional fireworks launchpad for First Night Morris County 2019.

“Our partners all came through, from local to federal, and made this possible,” Craig Schlosser, director of First Night Morris, said on Monday afternoon.

Weather-permitting, free displays will go off as planned at 9:15 pm and midnight from Fort Nonsense, which overlooks downtown Morristown and the historic Green.

First Night 2019 logoSchlosser had to scramble last week to make alternate launch arrangements when the federal budget impasse shut down many government services and sites, including Fort Nonsense within the National Park Service’s Morristown National Historical Park.

He did not elaborate on what last-minute magic solved the dilemma. Mr. Hypno, perhaps?

As for the rainy forecast, Schlosser said he will wait and see. While acknowledging that nobody enjoys fireworks in a monsoon, he noted “rain is better than cold.”

A covering is in place on the Green for the Harmonium Choral Society to sing Auld Lang Syne at 9:15 pm.

The good news: No matter what Mother Nature dishes out, you can experience dry, festive fun inside 23 Morristown venues, at more than 81 events featuring more than 100 artists from nearly every genre imaginable as First Night Morris marks its 27th anniversary.

Activities run from 4:45 pm to midnight; schedules, performer info and a mobile app are available here.

It’s all alcohol-free and family friendly. One $25 badge ($90 for four) admits you to all venues. Shuttle buses and parking are free.

Badges may be purchased at the Mayo Performing Arts Center box office at 100 South St., (973) 539-8008; also, at the Hyatt Regency Morristown. Badges also are available at the Morristown & Township Library starting at 3:30 pm, at Morristown High School from 4:30 pm, and on the Green at 6 pm.

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