Rain Won't Wash Out First Night Hartford Celebrations

We are counting down the hours to 2019 and organizers of First Night Hartford said about an inch of rain in the forecast won't wash out the New Year's fun.

Fireworks will light up the night sky at Bushnell Park at 6 p.m. and midnight.

If you're attending, you'll likely need to pack your rain boots and your umbrella.

Those running First Night Hartford are keeping a close eye on the weather, but said a little rain isn't going to dampen the fun.

Organizers said there are multiple events that are inside.

If it does rain too hard, the Winterfest ice skating rink may have to close.

Now in its 30th year, First Night has had its share of unwanted New Year's weather, like last year when the temperatures were in the single digits.

"It's our 30th annual event this year. It's something people look forward to all year long so a little rain shouldn't stop anybody," said First Night Hartford Organizer Nicole Glander.

Many are just hoping the downpours hold off until later in the night.

"If it does rain, we will probably shorten our stay, but for the most part, we're excited. We look forward to coming," said Renee Richards, of Hartford.

Organizers are also making safety a priority during Monday's events. Police are expected to be patrolling the grounds before the celebration even begins.

Glander said the officers will have marked cars and unmarked cars. There will be officers that are in uniform and others that are in street clothes.

There are events scheduled starting at 2 p.m. until midnight.

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