What to do New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day


The year 2017 is just about out of here!

Prince Frederick, MD - Whether you prefer to celebrate the end of the year or the beginning of the new one, there are public events—some with a cost—that you might want to check out.

According to Visit Maryland, New Year’s Eve celebrations in the Old Line State include First Night in Annapolis, midnight fireworks in Ocean City, Baltimore’s “New Year’s Eve Spectacular” plus plenty of revelry at the Gaylord, located in Prince George’s County’s National Harbor, dubbed “Big Night DC.” If you want to really get out of town but stay in Maryland, Havre de Grace has its annual midnight “Duck Drop.”

Here in Southern Maryland, the Town of North Beach is holding its annual “Party on the Pier” from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. on the town pier off Bay Avenue. For $95 revelers can enjoy music spun by a live deejay, a photo booth, dinner and a champagne toast at midnight. The event is BYOB. Just south of that celebration, Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa has two events—Cosmic Bingo and a New Year’s Eve Party with live music by The NoWhere Men from 8:45 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The following day in Prince Frederick the 10th annual Resolution 5 Kilometer (K) Race will be run. It is sponsored by Southern Maryland Community Network (SMCN). The race begins and ends at SMCN headquarters on Prince Frederick Boulevard. Proceeds benefit SMCN’s mental health programs and the Erica Weems Scholarship. Hot soup will be served after the race, which starts at 8 a.m.

Think it’s cold? How about an invigorating plunge in the Chesapeake Bay? The annual North Beach Polar Bear Plunge is scheduled for 1 p.m. New Year’s Day. The 2018 event is free but if you pay a fee you will receive a commemorative T-shirt. Proceeds this year will benefit the Twin Beach Players. Even if you don’t pay a fee you must sign a waiver.

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