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Boston Harbor New Year’s Eve fireworks to return thanks to fundraising effort

Disappeared in 2016

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New Year’s Eve fireworks are returning to Boston Harbor thanks to an $80,000 fundraising effort from waterfront organizations and businesses.

Recall that a dearth of funds and a shift in focus to festivities in Back Bay led to the abrupt end in 2016 of the 40-year First Night tradition.

The re-ignition, so to speak, will involve a synchronized display at midnight on December 31 from a pair of barges in the harbor—one near Long Wharf and the other off the Seaport District.

Those locations are supposed to ensure high visibility for spectators near and on the waterfront, per the Globe’s Katheleen Conti, including those who might check in to local hotels for the big night.