HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Some Hattiesburg business owners are hoping many residents will choose to celebrate the New Year downtown.
There are about a half dozen pubs and other establishments that are ready to ring in 2017 with live music and some appropriate beverages.
Some places will have a cover charge.
Andrea Saffle, executive director of the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association, said the holiday is a great time to be downtown.
"You can come downtown, you can wander around, you can go from place to place to place, it's been a long time since you've been able to do that in downtown," said Saffle. "It's one location, so you don't have to drive, it's safe, it's fun, it's a good atmosphere."
"The Hattiesburg Trolley will be running, they'll have two trolleys running (New Year's Eve)," said Saffle. "So, you can catch the trolley at any of the locations from Midtown to USM to downtown and hop on and hop off."
For those wanting a more spiritual beginning to the New Year, several churches are having services Saturday night, including two in the Hattiesburg area.
Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church will have an annual Watch Night Service beginning at 10 o'clock and Shady Grove Baptist Church north of Hattiesburg will have an annual holiday service beginning at 9 p.m.