The City of New Bedford rang in another new year with its annual City Celebrates! New Year's Eve! event downtown Saturday evening.

Families filled the streets as they took in magic shows, live music, fire breathers and much more at no charge.

As we leave 2016 behind, leave it to a young boy like Blake to keep up the optimism for 2017.

"Twenty-seventeen is going to be awesome and I really like it with my family and friends," Blake said. "It's going to be fun."

The evening was capped off with a spectacular fireworks display over State Pier, though the night kept going for the adults across downtown's bar and restaurants until the ball officially dropped at midnight.