There’s a strong chance of rain all day and into the evening on New Year’s Eve, Saturday, according to the latest weather forecast. While the wet weather could put a damper on your holiday plans, the biggest holiday spectacle will still light up the waterfront.
The annual fireworks shows at 9 p.m. and midnight on the waterfront in Downtown will go on regardless of the rain, according to a spokesperson for the Downtown Long Beach Alliance, which organizes the spectacle every year.
That said, the DLBA said it will still keep tabs on the weather situation as a precaution. While strong winds are not in the forecast, the DLBA could cancel the firework show for safety reasons if blustery conditions do crop up.
Officials will notify the public of any potential cancellations through Instagram and other social media channels.
For those willing to brave a rainy New Year’s Eve, the fireworks shows will kick off at the Waterfront (Shoreline Village and Rainbow Harbor area) at 9 p.m. and again at midnight. Viewing is ideal from nearly any vantage point along the waterfront, but fireworks will be going off nearest to Lions Lighthouse.
Plenty of local restaurants and businesses in the area will be open, with some offering drink and food specials. Plus, live bands and DJs will be performing all night long as well as hoola hoop performers, who will be roaming the area.
Keep in mind, parking is likely to be a nightmare. We suggest taking rideshare or utilizing public transport. Long Beach Transit will be offering free transport to the area from 5 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. Click here to check transit routes.
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Editor’s note: This story has been updated to clarify that there are no fireworks at the Queen Mary, only Lions Lighthouse.