On New Year's Eve...The Town Becomes A Stage

First Night Morris FNM365


First Night® Morris County, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, seeks to foster the public’s appreciation of visual and performing arts through an innovative, diverse, and high-quality New Year’s Eve program which offers the community a shared cultural experience that is accessible and affordable to all with Year Round Community Development Thru FNM365.

What is First Night?

First Night® Morris County began in 1992 and is the LARGEST First Night® in New Jersey, attracting nearly 10,000 participants each year. An alcohol-free and substance-free celebration of arts and culture, First Night® Morris County attracts families, seniors, singles and anyone looking for an exciting way to ring in the New Year!

Who Organizes First Night?

First Night® Morris County is run by a volunteer Board of Trustees and 6 Committees. Board and/or Committee Members come from a variety of backgrounds and work year-round to support the mission of First Night® Morris County. Our Advisory Board is comprised of a diverse group of dedicated community members who share insights and feedback regarding First Night Morris County and oversee our year-round initiative, FNM365. These individuals meet 2 times a year to help shape the First Night experience.

What Is FNM365®?

FNM365 is a Year-Round Community Development Program, dedicated to bringing the community together, not only for New Year’s Eve but all 365 days of the year. The FNM365® motto is “Together We Can.” FNM365® in conjunction with First Night Morris County Partners, Supporters, Volunteers, Patrons, and Community Members provides the following programs: Advisory Board, Artist Entrepreneurship, Arts & Innovation Summit, Button Donation, Community Reinvestment Program (CRP), Reading To A Better Future, and STEM Leadership Internship Program.

Annual Event: First Night Morris County

First Night® Morris County features over 200 performances at 21 venues (19 In-Person, 1 Live Stream, and 1 On-Demand) ranging from dance and comedy to music and children’s performers. The event has showcased rock and roll, classical, blues, jazz, opera, choral music, film festival and so much more. Attendees return year after year to see their favorite performers and new artists for the first time. Artistic programming is made possible by the First Night Morris County Executive Board, Film Festival Committee, and the support of Morris Arts. The live program concludes with the new Midnight Countdown to Welcome in the New Year, and the virtual program concludes on January 1st at 4:00 P.M., with On-Demand access to over 50 Films ending.

For Performer Profiles, Schedule, Event Info, Overnight Packages, & To Purchase, Visit FirstNightMorris.org.

Where is First Night?

For the 30th Year on New Year’s Eve, we will bring together thousands with an unmatched array of performances which be available streaming, on-demand, and offer limited live performances*. First Night Morris offers 15 venues located in Downtown Morristown with Complimentary Parking, Shuttles, and Additional On-Demand Access.

Advisory Board Members

Manal Abeskaron

Peapack-Gladstone Bank

Mary Adelman


Jane Armstrong

Morris-Sussex-Warren Workforce Development Board

Ravi Badge

CMIT Solutions

Peter Brillon

KL Southeby’s International Realty

Jackie Catania

Portofino’s Restaurant

Jocelyn Cornine

Board Liaison

Kevin Coughlin


Officer Cousins

Morristown Police Department

Walter Deutsch

Chair, First Night Morris County

Geoffrey Dietzel

Brunswick Financial Group, LLC

Michael Dundon

Mayo Performing Arts Center

Timothy P. Dougherty

Mayor, Town of Morristown

Pam Fischer

Former Chair, First Night Morris County

Len Garza

Garza Law

Michael Giacobello

Investors Bank

Philip Hartman

Hackensack Meridian Health Carrier Clinic

Meghan Hunscher

Morris County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation

Kevin Kurdziel

Middlesex County Workforce Development Board and Office of Career Opportunity

Jane Kurek

The Provident Bank Foundation (Retired)

Chad Leinaweaver

Morristown Library

Brandi Marks

Full House Events

Ryan Marowitz

MGR Computers

Gina Marie Mattei

Revelation Creative

Jessica D. Offer, CPA


Vincent E. Pungello, Jr.

Pungello CPA LLC

Denise Schmidt

County College of Morris

Craig Schlosser

President, First Night Morris County

Michael Schmidt

Advisory Board Co-Chair & Former Chair, First Night Morris County

Mark Spaldo

Boy Scouts of America

Robert Tobias

Tour Masters Productions

P.J. Thurkauf

The UPS Store of Morristown & Morristown Rotary Club

Thomas Woodard

Atlantic Healthcare

Jennifer Wehring

Morristown Partnership