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Free Parking in Salem on New Year's Eve

Here are the five things you need to know before you start your day in Salem.

Free parking will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Free parking will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 31, and here are the five things you need to know: 

1. It will be a freezing day in Salem. The National Weather Service is predicting that local residents can expect it to be sunny, with a high near 25. Tonight should be mostly cloudy, with a low around 18. (sunrise, 7:13 a.m.; high tide, 9:32 a.m.; low tide, 3:57 p.m.; sunset, 4:20 p.m.)

2. In an effort to encourage area residents to ring in the new year in downtown Salem, Mayor Kim Driscoll has announced Monday that parking at all on-street meters and surface lots will be free after 4 p.m., and at the Museum Place and South Harbor parking garages after 7 p.m. Click Here for more information

3. Area residents are invited to ring in the New Year at Old Town Hall in Salem. The city and Salem Main Streets are teaming up to throw a LAUNCH New Year’s Eve party Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Old Town Hall and Derby Square. The event will be free to all and family-friendly. 

4. Want to laugh? Salem Theatre Company and Scamps Comedy Productions are teaming up to end the year with huge laughs with two shows at 7 and 9 p.m. tonight at the STC Theater, 90 Lafayette St. Dave Rattigan headlines the evening, joined by Abhishek Shah and Jesse Bickford.

5Today in History: On Dec. 31, 1907, the first New Year's Eve celebration took place in Times Square in New York City. 

For more things going on in Salem today, check out our events calendar.

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