Fireworks to light up the last night

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The city is getting ready to celebrate the new year with a bang. Actually, it will be more like ‘bang-pow-boom’ for 15 minutes straight.

The annual New Year’s Eve fireworks show is set to take place on Mission Hill on Sunday evening. There will be lots of room downtown for people to observe the show surrounded by the warmth of their friends and loved ones. On that note, it’s probably best to stick with the hot chocolate and save the champagne for when you return back home.

“It’s a family-friendly event,” said Daniele Podlubny, the manager of community recreation with the city’s Recreation and Parks department, advising everyone to make sure that they arrive on time. “The fireworks will go off at 8:30 p.m. so people should come a little bit early to get set up and make sure that they have a good spot to view the show.”

The city has always upheld this early time in order to make it more accommodating to families, especially those with young children.

“We welcome everyone to come out and participate in a fun-filled lovely evening of fireworks on New Year’s Eve. We’re hoping for good weather so cross your fingers.”

The display will be produced by Aerial Fireworks of Edmonton. The city anticipates a few thousand revellers in the area to watch the show.

There will not be a park and ride for the event, so people will need to find their own way to the venue. Podlubny added that Mission Hill would be closed all of Sunday to set up the fireworks display.

“There will be some restrictions on being able to toboggan the day before on New Year’s Eve and then the day after while we’re doing clean up.”

It will remain closed until 1 p.m. on Mon., Jan. 1, 2018.

There are no road closures scheduled but there will be some parking restrictions so watch for signs. The city also reminds people to please remember to dress for the weather.

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