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America's Most Famous New Year Celebrations
December 29, 2016 •
Things To Do In Las Vegas
The new year is a time for people to gather and celebrate the coming year with a renewed sense of optimism. When you think of it that way, it’s no surprise that December 31 is one of the biggest holidays of the United States. While you could find a New Year’s Eve party nearly anywhere you go, some cities definitely do it better than others. If you thought your annual New Year party was crazy, check these celebrations out.
Partying the Night Away in Las Vegas
No matter what time of the year, the partying never seems to stop in downtown Las Vegas. So, you’d better believe that New Year’s is an especially great time to visit Sin City. Of course, nearly all the bars and clubs have their own events going on, but you don’t need to spend any money to enjoy yourself on this night. Rather, head down to the Strip and get a good vantage point to watch fireworks from all of downtown’s major casinos. While the New Year celebrations may attract a lot of tourists, the events and fireworks are appropriate for both visitors and long-time residents.
Celebrating Like It's Mardi Gras in New Orleans
Similarly to Las Vegas, New Orleans is renowned for its festivities. Nowhere is this more evident than on Bourbon Street, the epicenter of NOLA’s famous French Quarter. New Year’s Eve visitors to New Orleans can expect bustling streets, busy nightclubs, and a whole lot of music. Although New Year’s Eve might not have the same local color as the city’s famous Mardi Gras celebration, the holiday is still a fine time to visit and see what The Big Easy is all about. New Orleans even has its own twist on the ball drop, only instead of dropping a ball, it drops a fleur-de-lis, the unofficial symbol of the city.
Having Some Family Fun at Walt Disney World
A trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando is a rite of passage for most American children. While most would be ecstatic to visit any time of the year, New Year’s Eve is an especially magical time to visit the Magic Kingdom. Expect a dazzling display of fireworks and, of course, all your favorite Disney characters there to help you and the family ring in the new year. Plus, you could certainly do worse than celebrating New Year in warm weather! Besides the fireworks display at the main park, there are also usually New Year’s events going on at the other Disney-affiliated resorts.
Watching the Ball Drop in New York City
What list of famous American New Year celebrations would be complete without New York City? New Year’s Eve in The Big Apple isn’t just the most famous party in America; it’s the most famous party in the world! We’re talking millions of people all crowding together in Times Square to watch the ball drop. However, while NYC may bring the crowds, it isn’t necessarily all fun and games. Many of those who choose to visit say that the cold and the crowds make the experience less than pleasant. Still, the New Year celebration in New York is worth visiting once in your life – although maybe only once.