Ringing in the New Year with USA Guided Tours
I’ll be honest with you: I’ve never watched the New Year’s Eve ball drop from Times Square. Why, you ask? Well, mostly because I don’t like the idea of not being able to use a bathroom, sit down, or generally move for hours in the cold for 60 seconds of excitement. I’m clearly a minority, though, as approximately 1 million people journey from across the country and the globe to ring in the New Year together in NYC’s most famous square. If you are a glutton for punishment — or excitement, depending on your point of view — be sure to arrive early; revelers start filling past the NYPD barricades at about 3PM. A few more tips: no backpacks, food, or drinks are allowed, and there are no public toilets in the square. In short, eat hearty and dress warm — and go — before you go!
The famous ball itself features 2,688 Waterford crystal triangles, and its 32,256 LEDs light up a spectrum of 16 million colors, creating a gorgeous kaleidoscope effect as the ball makes its minute-long drop down to the bottom of the pole atop One Times Square. Throughout the evening, performers entertain the crowd as it huddles to stay warm; this year’s lineup features Britney Spears, Shawn Mendes, Nick Jonas, Kelly Clarkson, and Mariah Carey — who’s looking for a bit of redemption after last year’s mishap.