GEORGETOWN, Del. -- For the first time ever, Georgetown hosted a New Year's Eve celebration in the Circle featuring live entertainment, refreshments and family activities.
Crews and local businesses were setting up earlier in the day Wednesday to prepare for a fun-filled evening, not just for adults but children as well.
Georgetown Mayor Bill West said the celebration will have several food vendors, including beer trucks brought in by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and 16 Mile Brewing Co. Drinks were served by celebrity bartenders on the porch of the Brick hotel and restaurant.
The Brick owner, Lynn Lester, said it's been a long time coming for the town's inaugural event.
"We've been open for six years," said Lester. "We've tried to do something here until midnight and so we are really excited that the town's taken that over for us," she said.
Local guests at the Brick waiting for the festivities to start said they usually head out of town to celebrate New Year's Eve.
"This is the first New Year's we are spending in Rehoboth," said Joseph Curcio who lives in Rehoboth with his wife.
"Last year we spent it up in Connecticut but we're loving it here," said Curcio.
Lester said the New Year's bash would be a great boost for the businesses in town.
"It's going to have a very positive impact," Lester said, "and one of the cool things about it is we've got some local couples who are staying here with us tonight as well."
Georgetown's New Year's Eve celebration started at 9 p.m. and lasted until 12:30 a.m. Instead of a ball dropping, the town rang in 2015 with a special "ball raising" with more than 2,000 lights that lit up at midnight.