There won't be fireworks at the stroke of midnight at Quidi Vidi Lake on New Year's Eve. Instead, the City of St. John's is setting them off at 8 p.m.
"We feel it provides a greater opportunity for families to participate, and to celebrate the new year together," said Coun. Jamie Korab in a media release sent by the city Monday.
The city said the earlier time slot is more convenient for families with young children.
There will still be public celebrations at midnight: an all-ages countdown and pyrotechnics show above George Street will usher in 2020.
Other city-coordinated events scheduled for New Year's Eve leading up to the firework show include a 9:00 a.m. family swim at the Paul Reynolds Community Centre and a skating party at The Loop in Bannerman Park at 5:00 p.m.
"The City of St. John's wants to create a city where people feel connected, have a sense of belonging and are actively engaged in community life," said the statement in announcing the change.