Plant Riverside District takes bigger role in Savannah’s riverfront New Year’s festivities

Published: Dec. 31, 2021 at 4:38 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 31, 2021 at 10:42 PM EST
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - This year marks a change you might not notice if you head down to Savannah’s waterfront.

The Plant Riverside District is taking a bigger role in the riverfront New Year’s Eve festivities. Savannahians and visitors have them to thank for this year’s midnight fireworks.

Music, restaurants, lights, and flare are how many people are celebrating the end to another eventful year.

“The thing is, I think everyone wants to enjoy this amazing year, especially after the year we’ve all had. We’ve made sure we want to give back to Savannah in the most amazing way and the best way,” JW Marriott Savannah director of entertainment and programming, Tyler Gray said.

This is the second year Savannahians and visitors have been able to ring in the new year at Plant Riverside, and it’s bringing people in from around the country.

“I’m still pretty new to Savannah. I helped some friends move down here a few years ago. So, I’m not entirely familiar with the area, but so far, it’s been beautiful. Everyone’s been super cheerful, too,” said Adam Dutton, visiting from Boston.

The night at Plant Riverside consists of numerous music performances, a New Year’s Eve Gala, and fireworks at midnight. The JW Marriott is at full capacity for the night as well.

“I love it because of the weather. I love it because of the atmosphere, and the people here are so kind, and greeting you as if they’ve been knowing you forever. I love that part of it,” said Ethel Johnson, visiting from Martinsville, Virginia.

Downtown Savannah was packed full of celebrations for 2022, including City Market and Congress Street. Everyone hopeful for a fresh start to a new year.

Organizers say if you’re looking for a good spot to view the fireworks, get down to Plant Riverside by about 10 p.m. You’ll be able to see the fireworks from all parts of the riverfront.

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