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12/18/2014 - Downtown Countdown in Bangor is Maine’s Largest, Free Public New Year’s Eve Celebration

Get your resolutions ready! On December 31, 2014 the Downtown Bangor Partnership hosts Maine’s largest, free public New Year’s Eve celebration, Downtown Countdown. This year’s event, presented by Cross Insurance, will be an evening full of downtown festivities for all ages to enjoy—fire twirlers, improv comedy, face painting, crown/tiara making, and a variety of musical performances. And, Downtown Countdown wouldn’t be complete without the infamous beach ball covered in lights dropping from the roof of Paddy Murphy’s at midnight in West Market Square! A full schedule of the evening’s events can be found at

The “Countdown Connector,” a free shuttle provided by Eastern Maine Community College, will pick up and drop off event goers around downtown Bangor throughout the evening, so you won’t miss a thing! Revelers can stop in at the Information Hub at Epic Sports (6 Central Street) to grab a map, warm up with hot chocolate and popcorn, and purchase a $5 “Downtown Countdown” button that will offer exclusive offers and discounts at area businesses throughout the month of January. The Parking Garage will be open from 7 a.m. on December 31, 2014 until 7 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

Every year, Downtown Countdown is made possible through the generous support from our community partners. Thanks to Cross Insurance, Eastern Maine Community College, the City of Bangor’s Commission on Cultural Development, Bangor Daily News, Paul Cook, Epstein Commercial Real Estate, Hollywood Casino, The Maine Edge, Bangor Savings Bank, Brewer Federal Credit Union, Caron Signs, Emera Maine, Northeast Whitewater, The Beta Agency, Creative Print Services, The Henry’s Bridal Boutique, Rudman Winchell, Waterfront Concerts, Webber Energy, Jeff Kirlin—The Thing of the Moment, Justin Russell Photography, The Law Offices of Joe Baldacci, Mexicali Blues, and The Rock & Art Shop for partnering with the Downtown Bangor Partnership to make this event happen!

(Editor’s Note: Due to a lack of contestants, the Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bunyan Competition, which was slated to be part of the Downtown Countdown 2015 activities, has been cancelled. While we regret the loss of this event, the schedule of activities in Downtown Bangor remains full and exciting throughout New Year’s evening!)

The Downtown Bangor Partnership promotes and markets activities that enhance the distinctive identity of Downtown Bangor, encouraging retention and growth of commercial, residential, and cultural life within the downtown district. For more information on the Downtown Bangor Partnership visit