New Year’s Eve is a popular time to celebrate in the United States. Americans welcome the new year with enthusiasm, embracing the tradition of saying goodbye to the previous year and welcoming it in.
The U.S.’s major cities all go big on the last day, but each city adds its own twist. There are many ways to mark New Year’s Eve across the United States, from Times Square in New York to Las Vegas parties.
New York City
New York City is known for its legendary New Year’s Eve party held every year at Times Square. Millions of people watch from television as the countdown begins in Times Square, culminating in the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop. If you aren’t interested in joining the Midtown crowd, there are other ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve.
You can meet up with your friends at a glitzy bar or club, such as the romantic Le Boudoir. The decor is Marie Antoinette-inspired and was created to look like the private rooms of the French Revolutionary Queen. You can also check out Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg. This is a casual dance club where you can have your groove on all night and then come back the next morning for brunch. You can attend many New Years’ Eve concerts and shows and even New Years’ Eve cruises on the Hudson and East rivers.
Los Angeles is where you should be if the cold weather has passed. You can also check out Pasadena’s time-honored New Year’s Day tradition, the Rose Parade. Rose Bowl football is the oldest still-operating bowl game.
You can find many celebrations in Hollywood, such as EVE at Universal Studios. You could also head to Marina del Rey, where you can enjoy a Glow Party with fireworks.
Chicago can get brutally cold during New Year’s Eve, but it still hosts some great parties and offers family fun. It is worth a visit if you don’t mind the cold.
Navy Pier offers family-friendly entertainment, rides, and attractions. Watch a spectacular display of fireworks that is perfectly timed with the sounds of Lake Michigan at midnight.
You can also party at the Lincoln Park Zoo with millions of sparkling lights. Enjoy ice carving, cash bars, and a live DJ. There are also giveaways, games, carousel rides, and other fun activities. Children are more than welcome at the party.
New Year’s Eve in Washington, D.C. is spectacular with parties and specials on large hotels and many fireworks shows. Residents and visitors can enjoy a variety of bars, parties, and other entertainments in Washington, D.C. on New Year’s Eve.
There are First Night celebrations that are family-friendly in Washington, D.C., and the surrounding suburbs. Family-friendly First night Alexandria has live performances, great food, and fireworks at midnight.
Las Vegas has a lot to offer for New Year’s Eve. There are blockbuster shows and tons of parties. The entire Las Vegas Strip is closed to traffic on the last night of the year and transformed into a huge block party that accommodates more than 300,000. The casinos host a choreographed fireworks show at midnight.
Sundance Helicopters can arrange for a limousine to pick you up from your hotel and transport you to your helicopter. There you will be able to toast the New Year with champagne while you fly above the Las Vegas Strip, while fireworks are displayed below.
Tropical Florida is a great place to ring in the new year. For a fun and exciting New Year’s Eve in Miami, you can head down to Disney World with your whole family. It’s easy to find an alternative New Year’s Eve party in Orlando if you don’t have children. The Universal Orlando Resort holds an annual celebration that includes non-stop dancing and entertainment all night.
New Orleans is always ready for a good time. For the largest party of the year, (after Mardi Gras), go down to Jackson Square to spend New Year’s Eve dancing on Bourbon Street while listening to jazz music. New Orleans is known for its unique approach to everything. At midnight, “Baby New Year,” will be released from the Jax Brewery Shopping Center. The fireworks display over the Mississippi will follow.
You can also join the excitement at the Superdome in the morning for the Allstate Sugar Bowl football match.