While celebrating New Year’s Eve in Old Sacramento with the family has always been a great idea, this year it gets even better with a change in programming that caters more to families. Traditionally, the New Year’s Eve Sky Spectacular has offered two fireworks shows – the first at 9:00 pm with a second, shorter fireworks show at midnight. However, in order to capitalize on peak draw times in Old Sacramento on New Year’s Eve, funds and resources for the two displays have been combined to create the largest fireworks program ever produced in Sacramento – at one time only, a more family friendly 9:00 pm.
While the highlight of the evening will definitely be fireworks, the FREE event will actually start at 5:00 pm with kid-friendly entertainment including music by The Hipwaders at Waterfront Park, balloon twisting and face painting and superheroes roaming the streets of Old Sacramento, available for photo ops with fans.
When: Sunday, December 31, 2016
Time: 5:00 pm, family-friendly entertainment; 9:00 pm fireworks show
Where: Old Sacramento, Waterfront Park
Parking: Sadly, not free. The entire district of Old Sacramento will be closed to vehicle traffic beginning at 4:00 pm; the Tower Bridge will be closed to traffic beginning at 7:30 pm, closed to pedestrians from 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm; limited parking is available in the Old Sacramento Garage at 2nd and I streets and the Tower Bridge Garage at Capitol Mall and Front Street. You may want to venture out and park outside of Old Sacramento and walk in. For a map of city parking garages and lots near Old Sacramento, click here.