Every time I read something about First Night Ocean County I smile.  I was active on the committee that planned the New Year's Eve happenings and remember when it first started in Seaside Heights.  The fact that it's still going strong, giving families an alcohol-free day of fun, fills me with pride.

If you've never attended First Night, I encourage you to give it a try.  For $5 you get a bracelet which gives you admission into a variety of shows and opportunities.  Among the offerings this year:  a balloonist, face painter, magicians, and jugglers.  Plus there's a fireworks show scheduled for 5pm, conditions permitting.

Ever since I first discovered First Night in Upstate New York in the 1990s, I've been hooked.  It's a great reminder that people can have a super fun time on New Year's Eve without a drop of alcohol.  I hope you get to experience it this year.  Click here for details:  http://www.exit82.com/event/first-night-ocean-countyin-seaside-heights/

I promise it will be a great time to make memories, and take photos, with your family.