Provo City will have two fireworks shows to ring in the new year

Provo City will have two fireworks shows to ring in the new year

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Provo City is getting ready to kick off its New Year's Eve celebration the warm way by holding it inside, and who says you have to wait until midnight to have fireworks.

The Provo Towne Centre Mall will be transformed into an international party place starting at 6 p.m.

Provo Recreation Supervisor Brian Smith says their theme this year is party around the world. Performances will include a Scottish bagpipe band, a Mariachi band, Polynesian dancers and more.

Organizers faced some challenges this year putting the party together since the number of donations is down because of the slow economic year. However, Smith says they've found enough great sponsors and enough volunteers that even with a smaller budget the party is offering more this year than ever.

It cost $5 at the door for adults to get in and $3 for children. Kids under age 3 are free.

There will be picture booths that use green screen technology to put visitors at locations around the world. There are large inflatable play areas, and the First Night "Stars" competition always draws a crowd. It's a singing competition set up like the show American Idol.

A unique event about the Provo celebration is that it features two different fireworks shows. One at 9 pm for those who don't want their young kids up late, and another at midnight.

[Click here] for a map of events.


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