Anchorage says goodbye to 2022 with an explosive display of fireworks, live music and dancing

This year’s New Year’s Eve celebration downtown featured the Alaskanettes Fire Baton Twirlers, the Polynesian Association of Alaska and lots of fireworks.

As Alaska inched its way to 2023, hundreds gathered to help ring in the new year and watch fireworks light up downtown Anchorage.

The New Year’s Eve celebration was hosted by the Anchorage Downtown Partnership and supported by EasyPark, the Anchorage Community Development Authority and the Atwood Foundation.

Live music, dance performances, food trucks and booths filled the parking lot at the corner of Third Avenue and E Street. Nearby at the small boat harbor, fireworks were launched and some soared up to 620 feet in the air. Bright red light was cast onto roads and people below as they watched with family and friends.

Emily Mesner

Emily Mesner is a multimedia journalist for the Anchorage Daily News. She previously worked for the National Park Service at Denali National Park and Preserve and the Western Arctic National Parklands in Kotzebue, at the Cordova Times and at the Jackson Citizen Patriot in Jackson, Michigan.