New Year’s Eve in the USA

The 31st day of December is celebrated as the New Year’s Eve. According to the Gregorian calendar, this day is the last day of the last month. The evening of the day begins with the festival of celebrating the ending of the year.

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Celebration in New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is an awaited day for Americans. Some people take a day-off from offices to arrange party or attend one in the evening. To celebrate the next year, big events can also be noticed in big cities. These public events are attended by huge number of people. Sometimes, celebrities participate in these events to entertain the public.
The Ball Drop of Times Square in New York is a widely popular event of the New Year’s Eve. A 77-feet high pole is placed in Manhattan. A ball is dropped right from the top of the pole and it touches the ground at midnight. Every television channel telecasts the event as the ending of a year and the beginning of a new one. Since 1907, this has become a regular way of celebrating the New Year’s Eve. It was not held in the WWI.
Following the ball drop events, many cities and states organize similar events. The event is for symbolizing the ending. Not only balls, but also things like animal model, automobile miniatures, fruits and replicas are thrown from the high of a pole. In Pennsylvania, ping pong balls are dropped. The ball of Times Square is made of crystal and lights. Everyone can notice it while falling.

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Life in Public

31st December is not an approved holiday. Becoming a day of the holiday season, everything usually remains clumsy. Many states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Kentucky have declared the New Year’s Eve as a state holiday. Educational institutes do not run their regular program. Private organizations and companies may run their regular schedule. Some malls and stores announce special discount offer. Entertainment groups remain really busy in arranging programs and parties. Theaters and clubs may be out of ticket. An advance booking is offered in Christmas for celebrating the New Year’s Eve in these places.
There is a steadiness in the public transit system. A lot of organizations extend their work-hours for workers to 1st January to secure their safety. It is better to check the transit system before attending a party far from home. Travelers should keep in touch with the transport system to get back home safely.
Parents and events can create an unbelievable crowd. It hampers the traffic system. As a result, traffic jam is noticed in many areas. Before getting out of the house for visiting others, it is best to check the local news channel to get update of the traffic and streets.

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Background of the New Year’s Eve

The 31st December is the last day of the Gregorian and Julian calendar. Because of the conservative thoughts, the New Year was not celebrated till 19th Century. The European tradition of mid-winter celebration influenced Americans to party on the ending of the year. After seven year of the first appearance of the New Year celebration in America, the Times Square became the center of the ball drop event. It is also the perfect time for welcoming the upcoming year and the first day of the New Year, 1st January.

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When Is New Year’s Eve?

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday Type Where It is Observed
Fri Dec 31 2010 New Year’s Eve Observance  
Sat Dec 31 2011 New Year’s Eve Observance  
Mon Dec 31 2012 New Year’s Eve Observance  
Mon Dec 31 2012 New Year’s Eve State holiday Wisconsin
Tue Dec 31 2013 New Year’s Eve State holiday KY, MI, WI
Tue Dec 31 2013 New Year’s Eve Observance  
Wed Dec 31 2014 New Year’s Eve State holiday LA, MI, WI
Wed Dec 31 2014 New Year’s Eve Observance  
Thu Dec 31 2015 New Year’s Eve Observance  
Thu Dec 31 2015 New Year’s Eve State holiday LA, MI, WI
Fri Dec 30 2016 New Year’s Eve observed State holiday LA, MI, WI
Sat Dec 31 2016 New Year’s Eve State holiday LA, MI, WI
Sat Dec 31 2016 New Year’s Eve Observance  
Sun Dec 31 2017 New Year’s Eve State holiday LA, MI, WI
Sun Dec 31 2017 New Year’s Eve Observance  
Mon Jan 1 2018 New Year’s Eve observed State holiday LA, MI, WI
Mon Dec 31 2018 New Year’s Eve Observance  
Mon Dec 31 2018 New Year’s Eve State holiday LA, MI, WI
Tue Dec 31 2019 New Year’s Eve State holiday LA, MI, WI
Tue Dec 31 2019 New Year’s Eve Observance  
Thu Dec 31 2020 New Year’s Eve Observance  
Thu Dec 31 2020 New Year’s Eve State holiday LA, MI, WI
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Name in other languages

Name Language
New Year’s Eve English
Víspera de año nuevo Spanish
סילבסטר Hebrew
ليلة رأس السنة Arabic
신년 전야 만찬 행사 Korean
Nyttårsaften Norwegian
Silvester German

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