New Year’s Eve is synonymous with celebration. From fireworks to dance parties to gourmet dinners, people look forward to the revelry that New Year’s brings. Here are some of America’s top destinations for New Year’s Eve festivities.
Times Square, New York
Without a doubt, the most well-known and well-attended New Year’s Eve party in America takes place in the ‘City That Never Sleeps’. Partiers start gathering around noon on December 31st to secure a spot close to the famed New Year’s Eve Ball. An estimated one million people will share in the excitement and energy that swirls through the cold New York air.
Some of music’s top artists perform in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. These year’s performers include Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Demi Lovato and Wiz Khalifa with Charlie Puth. Local restaurants and bars offer dinner and drink specials and provide a place for tourists and locals to gather and partake in the celebration. The Official Website of Times Square has all of the information you need if you are planning to head into New York City on New Year’s Eve.
Las Vegas, Nevada
An estimated 300,000 people head to Sin City every year to take part in one of the city’s many New Year’s Eve parties. Las Vegas boasts some of the country’s best restaurants and almost all of them have some kind of New Year’s Eve package available. From Caesar’s Palace to The Bellagio to The Venetian to Mandalay Bay, there is no shortage of partying to be had.
Las Vegas puts on an incredible fireworks display every New Year’s Eve. This year’s show is entitled “On Top of the World”. Lasting an amazing 8 minutes, this display will be set off from the rooftops of seven hotels along the Las Vegas strip. Freemont Street also gets into the New Year’s spirit with an outdoor party called the “Downtown Countdown”. Check out Vegas.com's New Year's page for all of the information about Las Vegas’ many New Year’s Eve options.
Dubbed ‘The Largest New Year’s Eve Celebration in the Southeast’, Atlanta’s “Peach Drop” is a full-day, family-friendly party. Over 100,000 people gather in Underground Atlanta to hear live music, ride carousel rides, eat delicious Southern cuisine and dance with the many street performers. At 11:59pm, spectators begin the countdown and watch as the 800 pound peach descends from its perch 200 feet in the air. A fireworks display follows the peach drop to ring in the New Year, Georgia style. The band Sister Haze and rapper T.I. will be performing at this year’s Peach Drop. Check out Atlanta.net for information about Peach Drop and Underground Atlanta.
New Orleans, Louisiana
With Mardi Gras starting just six days after New Year’s Day, New Orleans considers New Year’s Eve the warm-up to the real party. Restaurants and nightclubs all along the French Quarter take part in the festivities, offering dinner specials and live music. Revelers can watch a giant fleur de lis descend as the clock strikes 12 and stay for fireworks over the Mississippi River.
Those looking for family-friendly New Year’s Eve activities can check out the Louisiana Children’s Museum. Their ‘Countdown to Noon’ starts at 9:30am on December 31 and features live music and a confetti drop at 12pm. The Audubon Zoo also hosts a mid-day New Year’s Eve celebration. If New Orleans is your New Year’s Eve destination, New Orleans Online has all the information you need.
The ultimate destination for families looking to ring in the New Year, Orlando’s Disney World is sure to make every child’s New Year’s wish come true. Parades, fireworks displays and meals with Disney’s favorite characters are just a few of the exciting events on hand on New Year’s Eve in Disney World. Many of the restaurants and hotels on Disney properties have added special dining options for families to enjoy on New Year’s Eve. Check out Disney World’s official website for a list of festivities.
Whether your New Year’s Eve plans involve heading to a big city to partake in a large celebration or staying close to home and celebrating with friends and loved ones, we wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year and a wonderful 2016!