City: No New Year's Eve fireworks for 2018

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Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - The City of Rochester will not be lighting up the night on the last day of the year.

City officials confirmed Monday that fireworks will not be held on New Year's Eve in Rochester.

“This year the City decided to reinvest some of the New Year’s Eve fireworks funds for the ROC Holiday Village," City Communications Director James Smith said in an emailed statement. "The fireworks were not drawing large crowds. Taking place over four weekends, the City of Rochester ROC Holiday Village has brought thousands of people Downtown to experience the beauty of winter and the holiday season in Rochester. We look forward to seeing this event become a new holiday tradition for families to enjoy year after year.

“We invite everyone to come to the annual New Year’s Eve family celebration at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center, which this year will run from 6 to 9 p.m.”

"We want people to be able to come into downtown Rochester and enjoy the festivities, but not just have it be on one day," Mayor Lovely Warren told 13WHAM. "We are continuing making sure, on New Year’s night, families get to come to the Convention Center and have a great time, but all throughout the month of December, in partnership with our Roc Holiday Village folks, we invested in that, and being able to have parents come out and children come out, enjoy the ice skating, enjoy spending time with Santa and doing crafts. We thought that was a better use of funding, since we noticed attendance (for the fireworks) had gone down significantly."

Mayor Warren says the annual Family Night Out event will still be held at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center on New Year's Eve.

"We just want people to enjoy all the winter life in downtown Rochester," she said.

Last year, the city hosted free ice skating at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park and a family-friendly party at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

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