New Year’s Eve Celebrations
It’s New Year’s Eve. Hard to believe the year has slipped by so fast. I thought it would be interesting to learn more about how different parts of the country celebrate midnight of the new year. It was fun to read about the dropping of recycled objects, shoes, cars, and even yellow breeches.
On New Year’s Eve, many localities in America mark the beginning of a year through the raising or lowering of an object. Many of these events are patterned off festivities that have been held at New York City’s Time Square since 1908, where a large crystal ball is lowered down a pole atop One Times Square (beginning its descent at 11:59 p.m. local time, and concluding at midnight). In turn, the event was inspired by the time balls used by ship navigators in the 19th century to calibrate their chronometers.
Whilst some of these events use a ball in imitation of Times Square, many “drops” utilize objects that represent an aspect of local culture, geography, or history. Learn more.