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December 31, 2023
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New Year's Eve in Baltimore


Baltimore knows how to throw a party, and New Year’s Eve is no exception. Whether you’re in the mood for a fancy night on the town or seek a more family-friendly celebration, Charm City’s got your New Year’s plans covered. Keep reading for answers to commonly asked NYE questions, including details about our highly anticipated waterfront fireworks show.

The Inner Harbor and other waterfront neighborhoods


How should I spend New Year's Eve in Baltimore?

Baltimore really shines on New Year’s Eve, when thousands of people flock to the Inner Harbor to enjoy live performances ahead of a spectacular fireworks and drone show. The Inner Harbor Ice Rink will be open until midnight on New Year’s Eve, so you can skate to the sounds of Baltimore’s best musicians.

Many Inner Harbor museums also have extended hours on New Year’s Eve. The National Aquarium is open from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. The American Visionary Art Museum is open from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Port Discovery will be open from 10 a.m.– 5 p.m. and is hosting its annual Noontime New Year Event at 12 p.m. The Maryland Science Center is open from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

You don’t have to look too hard to find New Year’s Eve parties in Baltimore. Most bars in Federal Hill and Fell’s Point host ticketed events or have special drink offers while Watermark Cruises and City Cruises often throw themed parties that provide a front-row seat to the fireworks over the water. Another way to celebrate the start of 2024 is with a decadent dinner at the Sagamore Pendry, the Ivy Hotel, the Four Seasons or one of Baltimore’s other luxurious locales.

Will Baltimore have fireworks for New Year's Eve?

Yes! The Baltimore Office for the Promotion of the Arts is once again organizing a fireworks show over the Inner Harbor, but this year they are introducing an exciting new element: a drone show choreographed by Image Engineering, a renowned global event company specializing in laser entertainment headquartered in Curtis Bay.

Pre-firework entertainment takes place along the Inner Harbor from 8 to 11:45 p.m., followed by the fireworks and drone show that will occur simultaneously at the stroke of midnight.

NYE Schedule

8 PM: DJ set by Baltimore-based party performer DJ Curtis of C. James Experience.

10-11:45 PM: Soul Cannon, featuring the talents of Eze Jackson, Matt Frazão, Jon Birkholz and Charles Wilson.

12 AM: Fireworks and drones

Where can I watch NYE fireworks?

The best views of the fireworks are along the Inner Harbor promenade and surrounding areas, including the waterfront neighborhoods of Canton, Federal Hill, Fell’s Point, Harbor East and Locust Point.