Portsmouth Celebrates 28th Annual First Night

Dec 31, 2014

  Granite Staters greeted the New Year with festivities across the state, including First Night celebrations. 

In Portsmouth, Jeff Day estimates he’s spent the last 20 New Years Eves running his chainsaw through blocks of ice right here in Portsmouth’s Market Square. This year, he’s working with thirteen 300-pound cubes. 

"We're gonna make an iceburg, we're gonna have some penguins on there, some sliding, some sitting there," he says.

Day, who owns a diner in Rumney, won second place at the World Ice Art Championships in 2006.

In addition to ice sculptures, revelers in Portsmouth took in concerts, outdoor dancing, and fireworks over the course of the night.