New Year’s Eve Salem: LAUNCH!


JAndrews Soc Palates - Balloon Drop

NYE LAUNCH! has been cancelled for 2021

Out of an abundance of caution, we have sadly made the decision to cancel our New Year’s Eve Salem – LAUNCH! event that we had planned to hold on Artists’ Row this year. We look forward to celebrating together next year! In the meantime, remember the range of free testing available in Salem and be sure to check the adjusted schedules for the holidays.
Salem Main Streets operates thanks to the generosity and partnership of the City of Salem and Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, Destination Salem, Creative Collective, the Salem Chamber of Commerce, INSA and many other local business sponsors and community volunteers.

For more information about New Year’s Eve Salem, contact Kylie Sullivan, Salem Main Streets Executive Director, at (978) 744-0004 or, or follow Salem Main Streets on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.




  13 Responses to “New Year’s Eve Salem: LAUNCH!”

  1. I can’t tell if those are helium balloons being let go, or just blown up balloons being thrown out the windows, but I do want to send the message that balloons should not be released into the environment, as they kill and harm wildlife who think the pieces are food. Please see

  2. Thank you for the feedback! They were just blown up (rather than helium) and were always collected and disposed of immediately after, but our local environmental groups have also helped us learn more about the long-term impacts of balloons in landfills. This year, we will be using a combination of paper whirligigs, paper airplanes, and beachballs!

  3. Hi, Is the whole event outside or portions of it indoors?



  4. Hi Jenn – The event is actually indoors in Old Town Hall. We only go outside for the countdown at 6 pm!

  5. Any fireworks?

  6. Is parking free on New Year’s Eve and will there be bathrooms available to the public?

  7. Normal parking rules apply, which means that all parking meters and lots will be free after 6 pm, parking garage rates still apply.

  8. Also, bathrooms are available in Old Town Hall, so will be accessible to the public during the free LAUNCH portion of the night (4 pm to 6 pm) and to ticketgoers for the “Light It Up” portion (9 pm to 12:30 am).

  9. No fireworks in Salem tonight.

  10. Parking was free today.

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