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New Year's Eve in Times Square

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An item on my bucket list is to attend New Year's Eve in Times Square. It is something I say that I will do every single year, but something always comes up. I know of many other people who wish to do the same. Maybe this year will be the year that I finally can cross this item off of my bucket list.

New Year's Eve in Times Square in New York City is definitely one of the biggest, if not the biggest, New Years Eve celebration in the whole entire world. Almost everyone knows about it, as it's on nearly every single channel on New Years Eve. I don't know of a single person who does not know what New Year's Eve in Times Square is.

The first New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square was held on December 31 of the year of 1903. The New York Times newspaper had just opened their brand new headquarters building at the location of what was known at the time as One Times Square.  The New York Times newspaper's owner wanted to celebrate the opening of his company's brand new company's headquarters with a show on New Year's Eve of the year of 1903.

Approximately 200,000 people attended the fireworks/opening event for the newspaper. This is definitely a lot of people, and especially a lot of people for back in 1903. The newspaper owner then wanted an even bigger event and hired a designer to create a ball to attrack visitors (this is what is considered a main attraction on New Year's Eve at Times Square) to commence the start of a brand new year and a great company.


Weather on New Years Eve.

The normal temperature in New York City on New Year's Eve is 33 degrees Fahrenheit, which is very cold.  It is usually quite cold with most people bundling up as much as they can (see other tips for an enjoyable New Year's Eve celebration below).


Crowds on this night.

Many, many people attend New Years Eve at Times Square. Forget parking, that is nearly impossible. Also, make sure to use the bathroom before you head out to attend New Years Eve in Times Square.

Approximately 1,000,000 people watch the ball drop each year in person, with many more people watching this on TV of course. The New York Police Department help control the very large and tough crowds by making a lot of strict rules and laws. Their goal is of course to keep everyone and everything can remain safe, since there are so many people in attendance.

The technique used by the police department to help control the very large crowds is to divide the Times Square celebrations up into numerous different areas. As people arrive for the New Year's Eve celebrations, they are then immediately placed into their designated areas. Many people arrive quite early, and you might be placed into these areas right at the very beginning. Remember that the police are your friend, and trying to contain such a large crowd can be very difficult. Try to comply with them as much as you can to make the day more fun and not a pain for everyone!

Also, once the police department places visitors inside their areas, you may leave but you are not able to re-enter.  Keep this in mind if you have to use the bathroom.

Here are some tips to make the trip a great one.

  1. Bundle up. It is usually very cold!
  2. Arrive to Times Square early. There are a lot of people every single year. And you of course want the best spot.
  3. Use the bathroom beforehand. As stated above, there are no bathrooms!

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