A time-honored tradition: Prospect Park to celebrate New Year’s Eve with annual fireworks show

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The annual New Year’s Eve fireworks are returning to Prospect Park on Dec. 31.
File photo courtesy Prospect Park Alliance/Andrew Gardener

Brooklyn will once again welcome the new year with a fireworks spectacular at Prospect Park, officials announced last week. 

The New Year’s Eve fireworks show has been a Kings County staple for more than 40 years — save for a two-year pandemic related pause. And there’s no reason to mess with a good thing — except to make it better.

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A festive fireworks show with live music will kick off the new year in Prospect Park. File photo by Stefano Giovannini

“It’s not a Brooklyn New Year’s Eve without fireworks in Prospect Park,” said Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso, whose office helps to fund the show. “What a pleasure it is to team up with Prospect Park Alliance to ring in the New Year with a time-honored Brooklyn tradition. I’m so excited to enjoy the colorful and exciting show that we have in store thanks to our partners’ hard work. I wish all Brooklynites health and happiness in 2024, and I look forward to reaffirming my commitment to celebrating Brooklyn through service in the upcoming year!”

The extravaganza will begin at 10 p.m. at Grand Army Plaza with live music by Quintessential Playlist, who will help set the mood for a great New Year’s celebration. At the stroke of midnight, colorful fireworks by Santore’s World Famous Fireworks will fill the sky for a half-hour long show.

“New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Prospect Park is a beloved, decades-long tradition,” said Prospect Park Alliance President Morgan Monaco, in a statement. “We thank the Borough President for his generous support of this spectacular event. It is a special moment for our community to gather together and celebrate the year to come with local entertainment and a gorgeous fireworks display.”

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Thousands of New Yorkers enjoy the celebration each year.File photo by Stefano Giovannini

The event is free to attend, though Brooklynites are encouraged to RSVP in advance.

“We are so happy to continue the New Year’s Eve spectacular firework celebration at Grand Army Plaza in Prospect Park,” said NYC Parks Brooklyn Borough Commissioner Martin Maher. “We are grateful to Borough President Antonio Reynoso for his sponsorship and the amazing work of Morgan Monaco and her team at the Prospect Park Alliance for coordinating this great tradition. C’mon down and ring in the new year by celebrating the borough’s unity and vibrancy, Brooklyn style.”