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First Night smartphone app to help revelers navigate attractions

First Night revelers in Boston who have smartphones will be able to use the event’s first-ever app to navigate through the evening’s myriad attractions, the mayor’s office said.

The free app, released by Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the Highland Street Foundation, became available today, the mayor’s office said. It will feature listings of cultural and arts events, locations of ice sculptures, and more.

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“We’re thrilled to have this useful tool available for visitors to this year’s First Night,” Menino said, thanking the company Sparkline Digital for building the app, which can be downloaded from both Apple and Google.

Michael McCay, chief operating officer of Sparkline, said,“This app will make it much easier for attendees to quickly access event information in real time, and help them navigate First Night’s rich array of cultural and artistic offerings.”

First Night begins at 10 a.m. Dec. 31 and continues throughout the day with musical, visual, and performance events. At midnight, fireworks light up the city’s sky from Boston Harbor, the mayor’s office said.

First Night buttons cost $10, though children under 4 years old are admitted free. Buttons can be purchased at Boston-area CVS stores, Bank of America branches, and other locations.

More information on First Night Boston can be found on Twitter at @FirstNight with the hashtag #ButtonBenefit, or on the event’s website.

Melissa Hanson can be reached at melissa.hanson@globe.com or on Twitter @Melissa__Hanson

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