New Year’s Eve Salem: LAUNCH!


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NYE LAUNCH! returns for 2022 – 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 Saturday, Dec. 31 from 4:30 pm to 6 pm on Charlotte Forten Park (289 Derby Street). There will be an early countdown just before 6 pm.

Programming will include art-making activities, face painting and/or temporary tattoos, a silent disco, and more! The event this year is being hosted by the Anthem Group’s Frozen Fire Festival, which is transforming Charlotte Forten Park into a winter wonderland from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. Additional Frozen Fire features will include curling rinks, a S’mores and Hot Chocolate Garden, and The Polar Bar, featuring a selection of beer and wine.

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. Please note that food and drink do require a fee. LAUNCH! is made possible thanks to the City of Salem, our Salem Main Streets volunteers, and a grant from through the City of Salem and U.S. Economic Development Administration.


4:30 pm to 6 pm

Charlotte Forten Park, 289 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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