New Year’s Eve Salem: LAUNCH!


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NYE LAUNCH! returns for 2023 – Dec. 31, countdown at 6 pm

Come ring in the New Year with us!  Salem Main Streets and the City of Salem are teaming up to throw LAUNCH!, our family-friendly New Year’s Eve party, on Sunday, Dec. 31 from 4:30 pm to 6 pm on Artists’ Row (new location this year!!!). There will be an early countdown just before 6 pm.

Programming will include art-making activities, face painting and temporary tattoos, a silent disco, and more! New this year, Salem Main Streets be partnering with the tenants on Artists’ Row, including The Lobster Shanty, Robber’s Daughter and Melon Rose Flower Co., ChagallPAC, and Shindig Studios, plus family-friendly magic shows by Evan Northrup.

Event activities are free to all and family-friendly, with a $5 suggested donation to help support Salem Main Streets’ “Holiday Happenings” initiatives, including Santa’s Arrival at the Hawthorne, the Tree Lighting, and the wreaths and ribbons around the downtown. Cocoa will be provided thanks to Wolf Next Door Coffee. LAUNCH! is made possible thanks to the City of Salem, our Salem Main Streets volunteers, and is sponsored in part by the Salem Public Art Commission.


4:30 pm to 6 pm

Artists’ Row, 24 New Derby Street

Free, $5 suggested donation

Countdown at 6 pm


  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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