Whether you’re celebrating the year you had or celebrating the fact that it’s over, New Years Eve is a time to celebrate something! And there are a ton of places in the U.S. that celebrate it right. Here are a few of our favorites:
Campus Martius, Detroit, MI
Detroit knows how to welcome the New Year in family-friendly fashion. Along with ice skating and horse drawn carriage rides, Campus Martius hosts a Kid’s Zone and Kid’s Drop at 6:30 p.m. Adults can enjoy live entertainment, a VIP party pavilion, and on-site food trucks. When midnight nears, onlookers countdown as they watch the giant D drop.
Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA
Crowds gather at Jackson Square to watch the drop of the traditional fleur-de-lis, accompanied by music from Symphony in the Sky. They can also take in the sights of fireworks bursting over the Mississippi River.
Times Square, New York City, NY
Since 1904, revelers have flocked to Times Square for what is one of the most famous New Years Eve celebrations in the world. Beginning at 11:59 p.m., the legendary Waterford Crystal ball begins its descent over One Times Square as millions of people across the city, nation, and world count down together. Once it hits midnight, the new year is illuminated, and more than one ton of confetti is dropped on the crowd of around one million people.
Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, HI
Beginning at 11:55 p.m., a barge off the shore of Waikiki Beach in Honolulu launches one firework every minute. This leads up to the large firework show that happens at the stroke of midnight. A local radio station even plays music that is timed with the free show, which can be watched on the beach.
16th Street Mall, Denver, CO
Watch fireworks explode over 16th Street Mall – twice. There is a show at midnight to welcome the New Year and one at 9 p.m. for the younger folks who will have to celebrate before bedtime. Before the big show, crowds can enjoy acts from magicians, stilt walkers, artists, and other entertainers.
The Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, NV
If you’ve ever been to Las Vegas, you’ll understand where the phrase “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” came from. With New Years added into the mix, it is safe to say that the celebration in Sin City can get a little crazy. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. On New Years Eve, the infamous strip shuts down to host one big block party complete with a choreographed midnight fireworks display launched from the casinos along the strip. Among the 300,000 people expected to be at the celebration, revelers may spot celebrities and other entertainers.