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New Year's Eve in United States

Quick Facts

New Year's Eve is the last day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. Many parties to welcome the New Year are held in in the United States on New Year's Eve.

Local names

NameLanguage
New Year's EveEnglish
Víspera de año nuevoSpanish
סילבסטרHebrew
ليلة رأس السنةArabic
신년 전야 만찬 행사Korean
SilvesterGerman

New Year's Eve 2014

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 (local in KY, MI, WI)
Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year's Eve 2015

Thursday, December 31, 2015 (local in KY, MI, WI)
Thursday, December 31, 2015
List of dates for other years

New Year's Eve, which is on December 31, is the last day of the year in the United States. It is a major social observance and many parties are held, particularly in the evening.

Many Americans attend special New Year's Eve celebrations where food and drinks, such as wine, are served.

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Celebrate New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve is a major social holiday for many people in the United States. Many people hold parties at home or attend special celebrations to celebrate the upcoming New Year. In many cities, large scale public events are held. These often attract thousands of people.

A particularly striking aspect of the New Year's Eve festivities is the ball drop in Times Square in Manhattan, New York City. The ball is made of crystal and electric lights and is placed on top of a pole, which is 77 feet, or 23 meters, high. At one minute before midnight on December 31, the ball is lowered slowly down the pole. It comes to rest at the bottom of the pole at exactly midnight. The event is shown on television across the United States and around the world. The event has been held every year since 1907, except during World War II.

Across the United States a range of cities and towns hold their own versions of the ball drop. A variety of objects are lowered or raised during the last minute of the year. The objects are usually linked to an aspect of local history or industry. Examples of objects 'dropped' or raised in this way include a variety of live and modeled domestic and wild animals, fruit, vegetables, automobiles, industrial machinery, a giant replica of a peach (Atlanta, Georgia), an acorn made of brass and weighing 900 pounds (Raleigh, North Carolina) and ping pong balls (Strasburg, Pennsylvania).

Public life

December 31 is not a federal holiday, but it does fall in the holiday season at the end of the year. It is a holiday in some states like Kentucky, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Most schools and other educational institutions throughout the United States are closed. Some organizations are closed and others are open but offer limited services. Many stores are open on New Year's Eve, but may close early. Many theaters, clubs and other entertainment venues have special programs. It may be necessary to reserve tickets many weeks in advance.

Public transit systems may operate normal or reduced services. Some companies extend their schedules into the early hours of January 1 to enable people who have attended New Year's Eve parties to return home safely. If you need to use public transit on December 31, it is wise to check the appropriate timetables carefully before you travel.

There may be some congestion to traffic or diversions around large scale events. Diversions may be in effect in the days before New Year's Eve so that stands can be built. It is wise to check the local media if you wish to drive to or near large scale events.

About New Year's Eve

In both the Gregorian calendar, currently used in the United States, and the Julian calendar, which was used until 1752 in the British colonies, the last day of the year is December 31. In Europe, the mid-winter period was traditionally associated with feasting and parties. In the early years of the American colonies and within the United States, this type of celebration was often frowned upon, particularly by religious communities.

Around the start of the 1900s, New Year's Eve celebrations in America started to appear. The first Ball drop in Times Square was held in 1907. Around the same time, special events to welcome the New Year started to be organized on January 1.

About New Year's Eve in other countries

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New Year's Eve Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
MonDec 311990New Year's EveObservance 
TueDec 311991New Year's EveObservance 
ThuDec 311992New Year's EveObservance 
FriDec 311993New Year's EveObservance 
SatDec 311994New Year's EveObservance 
SunDec 311995New Year's EveObservance 
TueDec 311996New Year's EveObservance 
WedDec 311997New Year's EveObservance 
ThuDec 311998New Year's EveObservance 
FriDec 311999New Year's EveObservance 
SunDec 312000New Year's EveObservance 
MonDec 312001New Year's EveObservance 
TueDec 312002New Year's EveObservance 
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SatDec 312005New Year's EveObservance 
SunDec 312006New Year's EveObservance 
MonDec 312007New Year's EveObservance 
WedDec 312008New Year's EveObservance 
ThuDec 312009New Year's EveObservance 
FriDec 312010New Year's EveObservance 
SatDec 312011New Year's EveObservance 
MonDec 312012New Year's EveState holidayWisconsin
MonDec 312012New Year's EveObservance 
TueDec 312013New Year's EveObservance 
TueDec 312013New Year's EveState holidayKY, MI, WI
WedDec 312014New Year's EveState holidayKY, MI, WI
WedDec 312014New Year's EveObservance 
ThuDec 312015New Year's EveState holidayKY, MI, WI
ThuDec 312015New Year's EveObservance 
FriDec 302016New Year's Eve observedState holidayKY, MI, WI
SatDec 312016New Year's EveState holidayKY, MI, WI
SatDec 312016New Year's EveObservance 
SunDec 312017New Year's EveState holidayKY, MI, WI
SunDec 312017New Year's EveObservance 
MonJan 12018New Year's Eve observedState holidayKY, MI, WI
MonDec 312018New Year's EveState holidayKY, MI, WI
MonDec 312018New Year's EveObservance 
TueDec 312019New Year's EveState holidayKY, MI, WI
TueDec 312019New Year's EveObservance 
ThuDec 312020New Year's EveObservance 
ThuDec 312020New Year's EveState holidayKY, MI, WI

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