North Carolina's second oldest city is gearing up for quite a celebration tonight. The city of New Bern will kickoff it's 300 year anniversary on New Year's Eve.
The bear city's First Night celebration will start a year long party for New Bern's 300th birthday. Officials estimate more than 5,000 people will take part in the more than 30 events scheduled to take place starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Barricades will block traffic for a block party on New Bern's historic downtown streets starting after 5 p.m. New Bern Mayor, Lee Bettis, says there will be a special surprise at midnight.
"Come on down and enjoy what we have to offer. Enjoy it all. The more people down there the merrier. It's going to be a great night," said Mayor Bettis.
Be aware, after 5 p.m. Pollock Street will be closed from Hancock to Craven Streets and Middle Street will be closed from Broad to South Front Streets. Union Point Park will be closed to vehicle traffic beginning at noon and boat ramps there are also closed.