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Montgomery’s Biggest Free New Year’s Eve Party The Downtown Countdown NYE Street Celebration Returns

Monday, December 21, 2015

NEWS RELEASE       For Immediate Release: December 18, 2015

Denise Welch, Events Manager
City of Montgomery

Montgomery’s Biggest Free New Year’s Eve Party The Downtown Countdown NYE Street Celebration Returns!

Montgomery, AL (December 18, 2015) – Montgomery’s biggest New Year’s Eve event, The Downtown Countdown New Year’s Eve Celebration is set for 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on December 31 on Commerce Street in the heart of the entertainment district in downtown Montgomery, Alabama. The free street party features a DJ, live band, food, drink and souvenir vendors and fabulous fireworks and confetti show and draws estimates of 9,500. The Downtown Countdown will be broadcast live on Alabama News Network from 10:00 p.m. until 12:10 a.m. CST.

Headliners Atlanta Groove Factory will bring a mix of new and classic party and dance music and local DJ Johnny Lanson will get the celebratory vibe started by opening the show. Local bars, food and souvenir vendors will be selling at outdoor stands throughout the night.

A more intimate but equally festive party can be found on the Harriott II Riverboat. The cruise features live entertainment, drink specials and refreshments for purchase and a champagne toast and commemorative glass to go with the best view in town for the midnight fireworks display. Boarding begins at 10 p.m. and the boat will cruise from 10:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. Tickets range from $40 – 60 and can be purchased by calling 334-625-2100 or at

FREE Parking is available in any of the city parking decks at Coosa Street, the municipal deck on Monroe Street, the two decks on Washington Avenue, the intermodal deck at Molton Street and the Union Station Train Shed. Free parking will also be available in the five lots located behind the Riverfront Stadium and a shuttle will run from these lots to the event site from 8:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The Downtown Countdown Street Celebration is sponsored by The City of Montgomery, Bama Budweiser, Creek Casino Montgomery, One Main Financial, Alabama Power Company, Capitol Hyundai and Alabama News Network. 

For more information call 334-625-2100 or visit

About Montgomery, “A Cool Capital City on the Move”
Centrally located along the Alabama River in the heart of the Southeast, Montgomery is steeped in the history of world-changing events and is in the midst of another change – a complete reemergence. From a revitalized downtown to an array of new museums, restaurants, attractions and accommodations, the riverfront capital city is quickly becoming one of the newest must-see travel destinations in the South. Learn more about all that Montgomery has to offer # # #