December 19, 2019

New Year’s Eve Salem : LAUNCH!

by Felicia Cheney

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Come ring in the New Year at Old Town Hall!  The City of Salem and Salem Main Streets are teaming up to throw LAUNCH!, our sixth annual New Year’s Eve party, on Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 4 pm to 6 pm at Old Town Hall on Derby Square. There will be an early countdown just before 6 pm.

“When we organized LAUNCH! for the first time six years ago, it was immediately clear that there was a strong community desire to come together on New Year’s Eve,” states Kylie Sullivan, Salem Main Streets’ Executive Director. “Plus, there’s still plenty of time after our early countdown to get to your own party, or catch one of the many other great events happening all over town on New Year’s Eve!”

This event is free to all and family-friendly, with a $5 suggested donation to help support Salem Main Streets’ “Holiday Happenings” initiatives, including Santa’s Arrival at the Hawthorne, the Tree Lighting, and the wreaths and ribbons around the downtown. LAUNCH! is made possible thanks to the City of Salem, our Salem Main Streets volunteers, and the continued involvement of our partners at Creative Collective, the Phoenix School, and Retonica.

Programming will include hat making, face painting, a photo booth, and more! New this year, we will be adding a short lantern parade to the festivities. Bring your own lantern or make one there (electric candles will be available for sale or can be brought from home). There will be a short procession around Derby Square immediately before the 6 pm countdown.


4 pm to 6 pm
Free, $5 suggested donation
Countdown at 6 pm, lantern parade at 5:45 pm

About Salem Main Streets

Salem Main Streets’ mission is the continued revitalization of downtown Salem as a vibrant, year-round, retail, dining and cultural destination through business retention, recruitment, and the promotion of the downtown district.  SMS produces and supports numerous community events and initiatives throughout the year, including the Salem Farmers’ Market, Salem Arts Festival, Salem’s So Sweet, and the October Information Booth.  SMS operates thanks to the generosity and partnership of the City of Salem and Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, the Salem Chamber of Commerce, Destination Salem, Creative Collective, and many other local business sponsors and community volunteers. 

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