SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane rings in the New Year Wednesday with the annual First Night celebration downtown, but it takes an army of volunteers to make it all happen.
Organizers said about 700 volunteers each year help make the night a success. About 35,000 people are expected to celebrate downtown this year.
A few streets were scheduled to close to make way for everyone. Downtown, 1st Street will shut down starting at 3 p.m. Tuesday. Spokane Falls Blvd closes from Stevens to Post. Later in the day Tuesday, crews will close Howard and Wall from Main to Spokane Falls Blvd.
This year, entry into First Night costs $18. Watching the fireworks at midnight in Riverfront Park, however, is free.