First Night in Oil City is one of the few of its kind in northwest Pennsylvania. The family-friendly event features many kid activities and a lot of music spread out over the two sides of the city.
Two fireworks shows are planned each year with one early in the evening for the little ones and one at midnight to usher in the new year with a bang.
One of the event organizers, Martha Heise noted that people seemed pleased to again have the later fireworks display. "People seemed pleased to have both sets of fireworks back," she said.
"There was an uptick in people... we were very happy... there were smiles and a good amount of families enjoying the evening."
Plans are already in the works for next years celebration. "Next year is 25 years and our theme is Silver Bells." Heise said.
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