This week we were in Florida and for New Year’s Eve we visited Leesburg for First Night. Leesburg, a small town north of Orlando that celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2007, is one of four cities in Florida that organize a First Night every year. There was live entertainment in 17 venues along the town’s charming Main Street, from 8pm to midnight.
The town square was at the center of the celebration with several food stands and a large stage. A band counted down to midnight and then there was a big fireworks display. In New York they traditionally drop a ball, but in Leesburg they raise an orange:
The venues were not bursting, but the performers were still putting on a big show.