Have Fun & Stay Safe New Year’s Eve

While communities come together to kick-start 2016, it’s important to stay safe while celebrating.

Celebrating New Year’s Eve on Cape Cod is always memorable, and this year should be no different. New Year 2016 .With a variety of events held Cape wide there is something for everyone. Attend a local event with friends or family and follow these practical safety tips to make turning the calendar a memorable occasion for years to come.

First Night Chatham

A family-friendly, alcohol free, town-wide celebration of the arts with over 70 performances and events. December 31st, 2015 will be First Night Chatham’s 25th New Year’s Eve celebration. It’s a full day of fun and entertainment, starting with the Town Photo at the Chatham Lighthouse at Noon, and culminating with Fireworks at Oyster Pond as the Countdown Cod takes us to the stroke of midnight.

First Night Sandwich

First Night Sandwich will be held on New Year’s Eve, Thursday, December 31, 2015, from 4 to 8 pm.

New year's eve fireworks 2016

This year’s theme “Town of Giants” features Michael Magyar’s sculptures known as “The Giants”. His creation of 36 sculptures, which are located along Route 6A and in and around the town, are something completely unique to Sandwich.

Alcohol and Travel Safety

If you plan to drink alcohol on New Year’s Eve, do so responsibly. Any person who consumes alcohol should not drive a vehicle, without exception. Drunk driving is a crime, and it can have many negative consequences to the person driving under the influence, as well as others on the road. Here are some tips for traveling safely:

  • Designate a driver if you, your friends, or your family will be consuming alcohol.
  • If you are a designated driver, remain alert. Just because you are a responsible driver doesn’t mean others are following the rules.
  • You may encounter wintry conditions on the road, so keep in mind some winter driving tips and safetymeasures to minimize the chances of an incident on the road.
  • Prepare your car for night driving. Clean headlights, maintain a safe following distance, and if you have car trouble, pull off the road as far as possible.


Operation Safe Ride Home starts at 6:00 PM Thursday, December 31st and ends at 3:00 AM on Friday, January 1, 2016.

Any citizen who needs a free and safe ride home from a Yarmouth licensed liquor establishment should call Town Taxi directly at 508.775.5555.

The Yarmouth Police Department encourages all Yarmouth and other Cape Cod drivers to look out for each other. Don’t let others drive drunk, and don’t tolerate those who do, or ride with them. Drinking and driving injures or kills a driver every day. This is why no one should drive impaired or ride with anyone who is. If you see an impaired driver call 911 and help us keep our citizens safe.
We consider impaired driving a very serious crime and are extremely proactive in OUI Enforcement.

Additional Police Officers will be on patrol all night. Do not drink and drive and if you need a ride home take advantage of this highly successful program which will provide citizens with a free ride home during this New Year’s Eve.

The men and women of the Yarmouth Police Department, our Yarmouth Business Community, and the Citizens of Yarmouth are dedicated to making Yarmouth the Safest Community in the Region.

Be smart and be safe and best wishes to all in 2016!

This media release was prepared and distributed by Yarmouth Police Department Deputy Chief of Police Steven G. Xiarhos 508-775-0445 extension 2150 or sxiarhos@yarmouth.ma.us

Follow Firework Regulations

Using, selling, or possessing fireworks is illegal in Massachusetts. From 2004 to 2013, more than 800 major fire and explosion incidents occurred in the Commonwealth due to fireworks, according to DFS. State officials urge residents to obey the law and leave fireworks to professionals.

  • Child Safety: DFS data show 60 percent of firework burns reported in the state during 2013 were sustained by children younger than 18 years of age. Parents should be vigilant around New Year’s Eve to make sure children are not using fireworks.
    Safe Alternatives: Fire department officials across the Commonwealth can issue a fireworks license. Events supervised and approved by local fire departments are safe for the public.


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