State-by-State New Year's Eve Guide
New year, new you? Why not ring in the new year in a unique destination this year! If you are out and about looking for the right event, this state-by-state guide will take you coast to coast to help you find the perfect destination this year. Still deciding what to do? Check out our Ultimate New Year’s Eve party guide. Kick off the new year with the party of a lifetime! Happy New Year!
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We start our state by state guide by heading to Alabama. If you’re taking a trip or live in the Alabama area, there are some great choices across many cities. One option would be to head to Montgomery where there are several celebrations! For example, you can take a stroll to downtown Montgomery and ring in the new year with their downtown countdown! This is a free community event where people can gather and get ready to countdown to the end of the year. Music and fireworks will sound when the clock strikes midnight. Other events in the area include a dinner celebration and a party cruise on the Alabama River! For full descriptions of all events head over to the Visiting Montgomery website. Our second option for you to celebrate the new year is in Fairhope, located in southern Alabama. Fairhope offers a fun-town event featuring live bands and a ball drop at midnight! Local businesses and restaurants will be open late. This event will provide a fun and local way to spend the end of the year. If you are in southern Alabama, be sure to swing into Fairhope and check it out! In addition to these exciting events, you could always check out the Moon Pie drop in Mobile, as pictured to the right. If you are looking for unique, this is one you'll want to check out!
Next up on our state by state guide is the great state of Alaska. Anchorage is one of the places to be on New Year's Eve. Celebrate with Fire & Ice in Town Square Park, where you can dance and watch a kid-friendly fireworks extravaganza. There will also be 3-D light projections throughout the town. Don’t have any kids and want to be young and crazy? Head over to the New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball at Dena’ina Center. It’s tabbed as “Alaska’s largest and classiest New Year’s Eve Party” you must be at least 21 years of age to enter. The party lasts until 2 a.m.! Another fun and unique idea is to warm up the cold night by skiing down the slopes at the Alyeska Resort with a torch in your hand. Now there is an adventurous way to bring in the new year!
From one of the coldest states in the winter to one of the warmest, our next stop is Arizona. Visit Tucson to check out a unique midnight drop, every year the town organizes its annual Taco drop. Residents gather as a large Taco is lowered when the countdown reaches zero. Another option is to travel down to Scottsdale for a variety of events to attend! One such event will take place at the Saguaro Scottsdale Hotel. You will want to purchase your tickets as soon as possible to get all the bells and whistles at this party. There will be Hors d’oeuvres, a champagne midnight toast, a video countdown to the new year, a confetti explosion at midnight, a casino to gamble, and a silent auction for attendees. You could also head to Topgolf to party the night away. You will have unlimited play at their venue while enjoying a live DJ and specialty cocktails, just to name a few of the activities. There is no doubt, there are a ton of fun things to do in Arizona this year!
Following Arizona on our list is the final “A” state - Arkansas! Last Night Fayetteville, in it's fifth year of existence, is one of the more popular events in Arkansas. As their website says, “Last Night Fayetteville is an exciting performing arts festival that takes place in the Fayetteville Square. Join Fayetteville as we celebrate the Last Night of the year with a variety of performances hosted in multiple venues around the downtown square...” With a number of acts ready to perform for the crowd, this event will have everything you need. From comedy to a battle of the bands and everything in between, there is so much to do at this event you might not be able to catch it all! It is sure to be a hit for everyone in the family. This event brought a turnout of about 3,500 in 2015 with 64% of their turn out coming from outside of the city. In addition, 24 states and 4 different countries were represented at last year's event! With all of this in mind, the organizers wanted to make this year's event even bigger and better. Needless to say, there will be tons of fun in Fayetteville, Arkansas!
Moving to the “C” states on our guide, California has many options across the state when deciding on where to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Starting up north in the state’s capital of Sacramento, where you can watch the city's Sky Spectacular event. This event features two separate fireworks shows, one earlier in the night for kids and then one right after midnight. The second show is accompanied by rock music. Moving south, San Francisco also features some great events on New Year’s Eve. A fireworks show can be seen here, as well as numerous parties at a variety of venues downtown. Finally, if you are in Southern California you can go to some awesome parties in Los Angeles. These parties range from big to small. As you might imagine, LA has almost every party in mind. If partying isn’t for you, make your way to Disneyland and ring in the new year while riding Dumbo or California Screamin' roller coaster!
Not only does Colorado have some awesome snow, but they have some great locations to spend New Year’s Eve. In the heart of the state is Colorado Springs, one of the premier locations for NYE in Colorado. With a Time Square-esque event, it surely won’t disappoint. Three large video screens broadcast entertainment and music, while fireworks and four hot-air balloons light up the sky at midnight. North of Colorado Springs is Denver, the capital city of this beautiful state. If you have young children, the Children’s Museum presents frequent Times Square ball drops throughout the day, so that your child doesn’t have to mess up their sleep schedule. If you want a unique sight while skiing, head to Breckenridge and watch the town’s traditional Torchlight parade. Or be a skier, who carries one of the torches down the slope, it’s up to you! When it comes to New Year’s Eve celebrations, Colorado has a bunch of locations that are worth your time.
Connecticut is up next on the list. Head to Hartford to celebrate the new year through the arts at First Night Hartford 2017! This family-friendly event features musicians, artists, performance groups, exhibits and two dazzling firework shows that take place in Bushnell Park. Looking to get away for a romantic New Year’s Eve? The Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa is offering packages including overnight accommodations, sparkling wine and a pre-fixed three-course dinner for two. If that’s something you would be interested in, book your trip now, spots are filling up fast. Elsewhere in the state, you can head to the celebration at the Mohegan Sun! Are you a fan of the band “Little Big Town”? They will be performing at the Mohegan Sun Arena. You can also see the "Boogie Wonder Band" at the Wolf Den. In addition to these two performances, there will be much more at the Mohegan Sun. You can call 888-226-7711 for event and ticket information.
Will you be in the Nation’s Capital to ring in the new year? There are lots of events at hotels and various events in the D.C. surrounding area. Events in downtown D.C. include the Masquerade ball at MXDC, or at the Georgetown Waterfront. Here, you will be able to take in wonderful views of the Potomac River, not to mention enjoy a variety of food and drinks. While you're in downtown, make sure to check out the National Christmas Tree. If you are in D.C. and don’t want to stay inside the District of Columbia, be sure to check out events in the surrounding areas such as Maryland or Virginia.
Staying on the East coast, what’s happening in Delaware on the final day of the year? The Brandywine Zoo will help your children celebrate New Year’s Eve in zoo-style! There will be games, crafts and a sparkling cider toast at 12 (high noon) for your young ones! Celebrating New Year’s Eve at The Hilton in Wilmington is a great idea as well. With champagne, party favors and open bar (depending on package), dancing and live entertainment, it’s a hot spot for those looking to let loose on the final day of the year. Even though you won’t be able to get in the water, spending your New Year’s Eve in Dewey Beach is a great idea.
Heading next down south to Florida, where there are many unique events. As you might imagine, there are plenty of events in the Orlando area. With Disney World, Universal Orlando, and so much more in the area, there is certainly not a lack of New Year's Eve events to attend.Beyond the many events at the locations just listed, you can find some fun at LEGOLAND Florida (perfect for the whole family!). Make your way to St. Petersburg and spend the evening at their First Night event. This annual event will include music, art, fireworks and much more live entertainment (see the picture to the right). It provides a great family atmosphere and is sure to be a night to remember. Another option if you are going to be in Florida is to travel to Tallahassee and participate in their downtown New Year's Eve event. Here you will join friends, family, and even strangers for a time full of fun. There will be live local bands performing along with other forms of entertainment. The kids will not feel left out either, as there will be such things as bounce houses for the children to enjoy. Topped off with some fireworks at midnight, and Tallahassee will be a great place to spend the evening.
Atlanta will be host to many events this year, all of which could rival anything else in the United States. The traditional peach drop is a must, but make sure to get over there because it could be the last time for Underground Atlanta. Never fear, there are plenty of events to check out in Georgia. The Downtown Countdown will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency, and will feature bands, dj's, and comedians, just to name a few. You can also find a Masquerade Ball in the city, for a fun event that will have all of your friends wishing they went to. For another event, you can head over to Perry and check out the unique buzzard drop (as pictured to the right). This event features live bands, as well as food and drink vendors downtown. This event is free and is great for families, as all ages are welcomed at the event. Another great event to checkout in Georgia - especially for those people who love St. Patrick’s Day - is the Shamrock Drop! This drop takes place in, you guessed it, Dublin, Georgia. Dropping a Shamrock just seems fitting for this town! Georgia is full of great events that will give you plenty to do for your night out on the town on New Year’s Eve.
If you are going to be off the mainland and in beautiful Hawaii this New Year’s Eve, there will be plenty of events for you to check out. The 6th Annual Bud Light New Year’s Eve “Party of the Year” is going down at the Aloha Tower Marketplace on December 31st. The event was at Kaka’ako Park last year, but it’s going to take place at the iconic Aloha Tower Marketplace this year. The party will feature fireworks shows, food trucks, eight stages and areas of entertainment, so you can see exactly why it has been voted Hawaii’s No. 1 New Year’s Eve party five years running!
Which do you think is crazier? The fact that over 40,000 attendees attended the Potato Drop last year or the fact that they are expecting even more this year!? The annual Potato Drop in Boise will feature a variety of live bands performing throughout the evening, along with a huge number of other vendors and other things to do. In addition to the traditional food and drink vendors, there will be live glass blowing, a carnival ride, and human bubble soccer, just to name a few. All details regarding activities, food and merchandise can be found on the official event website. Another important thing to note when it comes to this event is the VIP experience that is available. Purchasing tickets to the VIP experience ensures an indoor (that is to say, a warm and controlled area) place to watch the fireworks. VIP ticket purchasers will also be able to enjoy a full bar with some pretty great food, along with a live DJ, a comedian, and lots of dancing. This event is truly special because they donate some of the proceeds to programs helping the homeless population in Idaho.
New Year’s Eve in Chicago is everything plus more! You can find family-friendly events at bars, lounges and night clubs, and even romantic dinner cruises for the perfect first kiss of the new year! Bring the family and spend all day building up the momentum to ring in the new year with crafts and even Zoo Year’s Eve! Take out that special date to a restaurant celebration or to one of Chicago’s top hotel parties! Chicago will be full of music and performances at almost any venue so get out and ring in the new year Chicago style!
Visit Downtown Indy’s New Year’s Eve unique midnight extravaganza! Most cities “drop the ball,” but not in Indianapolis. A suspended IndyCar is hoisted high above the crowd and then is lowered at midnight with fireworks in the background. Listen to live performances from various artists and enjoy access to full bars and food trucks throughout the night. Talk about a unique way to celebrate the beginning of the new year!
Celebrate New Year’s Eve in America’s Heartland, Iowa! Everyone brings in the new year in their own exciting way. From the state’s big cities to the charming rural and urban areas; Iowa has festivities for all ages! The state capital of Des Moines is a great place to start. At noon, the Science Center of Iowa has activities for kids where you can find face painting, balloon animals, a magician, and a balloon drop to welcome the new year. The Science Center even offers a Sober Under the Stars party in the evening for those who do not want to drink. In the evening check out the Downtown Countdown where you music, food, a champagne toast and an adult balloon drop.
When it comes to celebrating New Year’s Eve in the Sunflower State, Kansas City is where you need to be. The city’s biggest and best New Year’s Eve party will be at the Temple VI, located at The Scottish Rite Temple. It’s ranked as a top New Year’s Eve Party in the nation and is expecting over 2,000 attendees. It sells out every year and has many perks of attending. Some of these perks include; six hours of unlimited drinks, four floors, eight party areas, four DJ’s, minimal bar lines, free parking, bottle service in VIP room, and lasers + 3D mapping. If you know you are going to to be in Kansas around this time, purchase your ticket to this event. You are not going to want to miss it!
On to the last state that begins with “K”, what is there to do in Kentucky on New Year’s Eve? In the Bluegrass State, head to Louisville, where some of the best parties are located. Many night clubs hold their own event, while the biggest sight to see is the spectacular firework display put on by the city. Bud Light organizes the biggest party in Louisville on New Year’s Eve and it is free to the public! Numerous parks in years past have held some sort of event on New Year’s Eve, including; Barren River lake State Resort Park, Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park, General Butler State Resort Park, Kenlake State Resort Park, and Rough River Dam State Resort Park, just to name a few.
Louisiana is known for throwing some pretty awesome parties, but the biggest party of them all takes place on the mighty Mississippi River in the Crescent City - New Orleans! The celebration kicks off early in the evening with live music in Jackson Square and continues into the first day of the new year! New Orleans doesn’t just drop an ordinary ball, they drop a 9 foot electronic Fleur de Lis that drops from a 25-foot pole atop the French quarter! Huge fireworks light up the night over the beautiful Mississippi River to kick off the new year!
Champagne, lobster, clam drops & fireworks ... sounds like New Year’s Eve in Maine to me! Even in the colder weather, Maine still rocks the New Year’s Eve Celebrations. Spend the evening indoors at one of Portland’s fine hotels. The York Harbor Inn, Stripers at the Breakwater Inn and Spa or David’s KPT at the Boathouse Waterfront Hotel all have events for the evening. Each hotel or lodge hosts a New Year’s Eve event to keep you warm and dry. For the risk takers, participate in the Old Orchard Beach Lobster Dip, Kennebunk Beach Polar Plunge or Portland’s Polar Bear Dip and Dash! Other great events in Maine include the Yarmouth Clam Festival and dinner at Jonathan’s in Ogunquit with live entertainment and a champagne toast!
In Maryland, head to Annapolis for a family-oriented celebration centered on the “First Night” concept. The event includes live music and two fireworks displays (7:00 pm and midnight). Baltimore has a similar type event, but the mayor will officiate the countdown to the new year, culminating a colorful midnight fireworks show. Looking for some over-21 fun? Head to the Maryland Live! Casino for a night of fun. You can dine in style on an award-winning menu, jam out at Rams Head Center Stage and celebrate the new year with themed entertainment and prize drawings. The casino is one of the largest in the country and has slot machines and poker games to keep you entertained all night long.
Massachusetts organizers claim Boston’s First Night celebration is the oldest and largest New Year’s Eve arts festival in the country. Visit Boston to ring in the new year in style with a grand procession down Boylston Street, spectacular ice sculptures, and midnight fireworks over Boston Harbor to keep the party moving! In addition to those events, there will be many arts and musical performances throughout the evening. These events will be held in Copley Square as well as Boston Common and will be free to everyone who wants to attend. Traveling to the Cape Cod area for more of a relaxing and family atmosphere? Join the crowd at First Night Chatham! There will be theater, live music, magic acts, and indoor mini golf, just to name a few! At midnight watch a giant light cod drop at Oyster Pond followed by a firework display!
Welcome to Detroit, or should I say the Motor City? New Year’s Eve in Michigan will have no boundaries because the cities of this state offer their own unique festivities, all promising a spectacular evening. Be sure to check out firework displays, night clubs, bar, restaurants and hotel galas! One of the reasons Detroit is one of the hottest spots to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Michigan is it’s long music history, dating way back to the 1940’s. Due to their love of music, this dazzling metropolitan city has several prominent love music hot spots that sure to please any music lover’s taste. Concerts will be held at iconic venues like the Palace and the DTE Energy Music Theater! Also visit the Music Hall, Fox Theater, Gem Theatre, Detroit Opera House, Majestic Theatre and many more! Don’t forget to watch a six-foot diameter steel ball drop 160 feet in Grand Rapids!
When you think of over the top New Year’s Eve parties, Minnesota probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind. However, one of the best events to check out when it comes to celebrating New Year’s Eve in Minnesota is The Crystal Ball! This is the most exciting celebration in the Twin Cities and caters to more than 2,000 guests! You’ll find that Minnesota has a great deal of parties planned, including local music venues, piano bars, dance clubs, video game centers all throughout the state! Look for some thrilling winter fun? Check out Burnsville Buck Hill Ski Resort for a combination of partying and snow filled activities! Include the whole family for family-friendly New Year’s Eve entertainment! There are plentiful with activities such as ice skating, zoos, amusement parks, candle lit hiking and countless other events all over the beautiful Twin Cities.
“Let the good times roll” on New Year’s Eve in Mississippi! There are many extravagant venues here in Mississippi that offer an endless variety of fun adult activities. From gambling to dining and headliner entertainment, there is something for everyone all night long! Stay in one of the fantastic guestrooms at Island View Casino in Gulfport, the Hard Rock Casino’s Hotel or the Beau Rivage Resort! Be sure to bring your appetite, as food is a major part of Mississippi’s culture. Such food includes seafood dishes and the state’s famous French/Cajun cuisine! Bring the whole family and experience inspiring art museums and exciting children’s museums. Sail away on the Mississippi in style on board an authentic riverboat, just like Mark Twain once did more than 150 years ago! With events like those, who could say no to starting the new year in Mississippi?
Welcome to St. Louis, Missouri! Take a stroll downtown in the heart of Ballpark Village on New Year’s Eve, you surely won’t be disappointed! All you party-goers out there can look forward to dancing, live music, great DJ’s, all-inclusive drink packages, VIP experiences, midnight ball drops, and so much more! Choosing how to ring in the new year can be a big decision, but who wouldn’t choose an all-inclusive premium drink package, complimentary midnight toast, live music from Charles Glenn and confetti at midnight? See ya there at the only ball drop in St. Louis! You can also check out what is happening in Kansas City for more Missouri fun!
Sit back, relax and enjoy the view of the beautiful Rocky Mountains on New Year’s Eve! Enjoy yourself in the mountains, celebrating the possibilities of the new year to come! Spend a day on the slopes at Big Sky Resort’s and celebrate that evening with fireworks and entertainment. This beautiful view of the winter white Rocky Mountains is perfect for a romantic evening. Visit the Higgins Street Bridge in Missoula at night to experience an extraordinary firework display that reflects off the Clark Fork River. Whatever you decide to do, stay up late and celebrate in Montana’s perfect party atmosphere!
Nebraska takes their New Year’s Eve events seriously, from laid back events to high-end galas. Experience it all from Lincoln to Omaha. Make your way to Lincoln’s historical Grand Manse by solving a well-played out murder mystery followed by a delicious dinner. Enjoy live music, appetizers, a cash bar and champagne for a midnight toast! Check out Lincoln’s Zoo Bar to hear live blues music. Bring the whole family to experience Omaha’s 40 city block alight with millions of seasonal lights in the downtown area of Nebraska. Later the skies will brighten above with a magnificent display of fireworks as the beach ball drops! Visit Nebraska to see its’ rich cultural heritage and many natural wonders and to ring in the new year!
Go big or go home this year for New Year’s Eve because there is no better place than Las Vegas! It’s going to get wild, so leave the kids at home and make some time for you this year! The entire Strip is shut down to traffic and becomes one giant block party for you and 300,000 of your closest buddies! At midnight, the casinos launch a choreographed firework display that makes the Times Square ball drop look like child’s play. Inside, the showrooms rock with the hottest entertainment and the nightclubs are packed with celebrities and party-goers! Remember dress to impress on this night out. The cheer and craziness in Las Vegas will keep you going all night, and whether you remember or not, what happens here stays here!
New Hampshire has some fantastic New Year’s Eve celebrations planned! Indulge in dining, dancing, crafts and firework events all over the granite state! Take the kids to the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire to participate in the special countdown to midnight held at three different times throughout the day! Each child will get the New Year’s Eve feeling as a glittering ball drops 30 feet from the ceiling. For all you adults, take a trip to Manchester to celebrate the end of the year with the Manchester Monarchs hockey team! They will be playing their final game on December 31st, and after the game you can hang out around the town and party until the new year. Check out other events around the state to find even more ways to celebrate!
Time to rock the party hats and noise makers! New Jersey has every event you can think of to help you ring in the new year! Want to see the beautiful Manhattan skyline this New Year’s Eve? Visit Battello’s (pictured to the right) to "find yourself in wonderland." After last year's event, Battello's figured they would need to step it up once more. Capture the memories of the night in a photo booth and join in a champagne toast at midnight, along with enjoying some of the most fun you
will have all year. Be sure to purchase your tickets for this black tie event, it will be one you won't want to miss! You could also head over to the Sheraton in Parsippany or the Marriott in Bridgewater and celebrate with a live DJ, dancing, and a five-hour open bar. For a change of pace, check out the New Jersey Festival Orchestra, who will be there to help you bring in the new year with a different kind of fun. During this event, Maestro David Wroe and the NJ Festival Orchestra will be joined by celebrity soloists from Broadway and beyond. The outing is great for the whole family, all of whom are sure to enjoy the performance. An added benefit of this event is that it runs from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, leaving plenty of time to head to another party. No matter where you go in New Jersey on New Year’s Eve, you will still have a chance to see the ball drop on a projected screen!
Ring in the new year at any one of the events happening all over New Mexico. Many events include dinner, a champagne toast, and party favors to make your last evening of the year special! Whether you are in Albuquerque or Santa Fe there is so much to do! Experience the River of lights in Albuquerque. Millions of glowing, sparkling lights and over 150 dazzling light displays, animated sculptures and synchronized music light at New Mexico’s largest walk-through holiday production! Listen to live music and drink cocktails in Santa Fe! Bring the whole family to attend the Red River Community House for an Old Fashioned New Year’s Eve Party. No matter your location in New Mexico, ringing in the new year will be eventful and fun!
New York has undoubtedly the most famous and well covered New Year’s Eve celebration in the United States. Odds are, if you turn a TV on during New Year’s Eve, you will see coverage from the Big Apple of its famous ball drop. This very crowded event is an amazing place to ring in the new year, whether you are a New York native or are just visiting. Don’t want to go to what is probably the most crowded New Year’s Eve celebration in the state (and even the whole country)? Don’t worry, there are other cities you can visit to celebrate the new year while still in the state of New York. One such city is Saratoga, where you can find an event downtown which features food vendors and live music. While in Saratoga you can also take place in the annual night 5K run! For more information on all the Saratoga events click here.
Join North Carolina as it welcomes the new year with parties, fun, countdowns, dinners, ball drop and fireworks displays and so much more! One of the most famous places to experience New Year’s Eve in North Carolina is in Charlotte. There is an event called “Night Charlotte,” celebrated by Uptown Charlotte. This event is family friendly and includes famous artists, dancers, musicians, comedians, and magicians! Once the clock strikes midnight, a beautiful firework display lights up the sky! In Raleigh, Downtown Raleigh celebrates special events with more fireworks at midnight followed by an acorn drop! Not into the crowded streets? Find a good restaurant or a nightclub with special offerings on New Year's Eve. You may also enjoy the evening with a rooftop party, which will be away from the crowd and will provide a wonderful viewpoint for a firework display. Not in either of those two cities? Check out Asheville (pictured at right) for some New Year's Eve fun! Here you will be able to find many bars and restaurants open late to help you enjoy the fun. Not only that, you are sure to find an event around town that is sure to be exactly what you are looking for. From events including live entertainment and lots of dancing to events with various themed parties. Looking for something unique? Check out the variety of gingerbread houses at the Grove Park Inn - home of one of the biggest gingerbread house competitions in the states! Come and enjoy North Carolina this New Year’s Eve, everywhere you go you will hear chants of delight and happiness!
North Dakota celebrates in many different ways to ring in the new year! Bismarck throws various parties, one of which is hosted by Lisa Laundry! This involves a comedy show with lots of laughter. Do you want to be Indian for the night? Enjoy New Year’s Eve Indian Style at Marriott West Chesterfield. Some of the music styles include hip hop, Bhangra and Bollywood style. Whiteness an exciting firework display then join Fargo as it rings in the new year! St. Matthias Apostle Church celebrates New Year's Eve with dinner and a dance. This party includes dinner, music, snacks, party favors, and midnight champagne toast, Cheers!
If you are in (or near) Ohio, you need to make your way to Columbus for New Year’s Eve. Tabbed as “The Best Party Downtown,” the Renaissance Hotel is the host of this large event. Featuring some of Ohio’s top DJ’s, live music, cold drinks, photo booths and dancing, this event is sure to be worth the cost of the ticket. In Cleveland, check out the annual two-hour performance by the Cleveland Pops Orchestra featuring Broadway songs, contemporary pop and jazz hits, and a tribute to some Great American Soul. The performance will be followed by more music, dancing, a cash bar, and of course, a ball drop.
Okay, it’s time for the Sooners to figure out where they need to be on New Year’s Eve. Head to the Price Tower Arts Center in Bartlesville to ring in the new year the right way. Or should we say the “Wright” way, since the tower is dedicated to Frank Lloyd Wright. At midnight, an olive will be lowered down the side of the building into a big martini glass. It’s an Oklahoma tradition and is one of the most exciting nights of the year. There will also be live music and party favors downtown. At midnight, grab yourself a free glass of champagne and toast to the New Year. If you go to downtown Oklahoma City, you can enjoy some music, dancing, theater and fireworks at Opening Night. The Opening Night celebration has been an annual event since 1987 and is a popular destination on the last night of the year.
We are traveling out west, all the way to Oregon this New Year’s Eve! There will be music, dancing, and many champagne toasts to celebrate the new year! Make it a night to remember by booking at one of Oregon’s exclusive hotels. Each hotel comes with special overnight packages, with goodies such as lodging, drinks, special amenities, and live music to make it the best New Year’s Eve ever! Even better yet, breakfast the next morning plus more! Besides the hotel deals, there are loads of other events too, such as walk-right-up events, featuring live, free and ticketed music events at several different venues. Don’t skip out on the pubs, you wouldn’t want to miss a second party!
Will you be spending New Year’s Eve in Pennsylvania this year? Well, we have a couple events to get you out of the house and have you on your way to an awesome New Year’s Eve - Pennsylvania style (thanks to the Pennsylvania Tourism Office for the photo)! If you live in the south-central Pennsylvania area, head into Shippensburg and take part in the town's annual NYE anchor drop! If you are looking for something a little bigger, head over to the eastern side of PA and head to the city of brotherly love. There are great Philadelphia New Year’s Eve events everywhere in Pennsylvania’s second largest city! If you are from the western part of the state, don’t worry, we have you covered too! Head on out to Pittsburgh and check out their “First Night” celebration. No matter where you are in PA, you will be sure to find an exciting way to bring in the new year!
In Rhode Island for New Year’s Eve? Head to Providence for the Bright Night event, which is said to be the biggest New Year’s Eve celebration in the state! The event usually includes live music, vendors selling food and drinks, and countless kid-friendly activities such as arts, crafts, bounce houses, and more. There will be festivities taking place at other locations downtown as well, with an estimated 100-plus performers throughout the town during the day. Looking for something even more extravagant? Take a Newport Majestic Cruise, which is complete with fabulous food, drinks, dancing and the traditional champagne toast at midnight. Also in Providence, the Marriott Hotel will be having live music and dancing, food, and even more entertainment in the hotel’s Jazz lounge.
Join us in Charleston, South Carolina, but don’t kick off those dancing shoes just yet! Get ready for a lot of entertainment and fine food at Charleston’s restaurants, bars and nightlife hot spots! You don’t want to miss out! Whether you are dining at one of Charleston’s gourmet restaurants or sipping celebratory drinks with friends and family at one of Charleston’s night clubs, we’ve got you covered! Also Columbia's Famously Hot New Year’s Eve is a great party (pictured at right) and best of all it’s free! Enjoy a downtown street celebration with local business sports, such as restaurants, bars, and clubs open late to accommodate the event. You will want to head outside as the clock counts down and enjoy the fireworks.
Don’t let the name fool fool you, but the place to be in and New Year’s Day is Deadwood. Although the name signifies that much isn’t going on there, it couldn’t be farther from the truth. Deadwood knows how to throw a party, and despite the cold temperatures, hundreds of people gather outside to welcome in the new year. After watching the ball drop outside the Historic Franklin Hotel, head into one of the casinos. Many such casinos are serving free champagne and party favors. Don’t want to head that way or spend your New Year’s Eve that way? Then head on over to Aberdeen to participate in South Dakota’s Make-A-Wish NYE dance. It runs from 8:00 pm-1:00 am and includes a silent auction, penny raffle, food, and music. All proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish South Dakota.
Heading to the Volunteer State this year? Well you have a good number of options of how to spend your New Year’s Eve if you’re in Tennessee. First you can head to Memphis where you will find many events all day and night long. For the football fans, The Auto Zone Liberty Bowl is on January 2nd, so party in the city and stick around for a game that is sure to entertain. Other events in the area include a superhero spectacular themed New Year's Eve party for children at the Children's Museum of Memphis and various restaurants featuring different types of parties. For more details on these and other Memphis events, head to the the I Love Memphis Blog. You can also head to Nashville for the free Jack Daniel’s Bash on Broadway (see pictured at right). This event features live musical performance throughout the evening and will feature the drop of a music note at midnight. Or head over to Silver Country where you can find various events such as a balloon drop in Sevierville. You can also go and enjoy some fireworks in Pigeon Forge. Chattanooga is another great spot. Here you can float along the river or enjoy the events downtown Get all the information you need on these and other fun events at the Tennessee Vacation website.
They say everything's bigger in Texas and the same can be said about their New Year’s Eve celebrations (with the exception of NYC). Cities throughout Texas host a wide variety of events that give pretty much anyone something enjoyable to do to ring in the new year. Take San Antonio for example. They have options from various parties and fireworks displays along their well-known River Walk and various other landmarks to quiet places to go stay to ring in the new year. Various other cities host events such as Houston, Austin, and Dallas. Check out all the Texas-sized celebrations here.
Salt Lake City is the place to be if you’re traveling to or live in Utah for New Year’s Eve. The city has been voted the 10th best city to ring in the new year. The three-day long Eve Winter Fest is a huge celebration that features a variety of events that will keep everyone busy. The celebration features multiple concerts, activities for kids, DJ’s and food and drinks for both adults and children. As the clock strikes midnight enjoy an amazing fireworks display. You won’t want to miss out on one of the biggest New Year’s Eve Celebrations of the year, so be sure to head out to Salt Lake City!
Just because it’s the sixth-smallest state and has the second-fewest amount of people doesn’t mean they don’t get crazy up north for New Year’s Eve! Burlington is the most famous city to celebrate NYE in Vermont. It features artist performances, fun activities and a midnight firework display. Celebrating on Lake Morey is another great option on the final day of the year. It includes hors d’oeuvres, skiing, skating, buffet dinner, entertainment, music, champagne toast, party favors and a midnight snack buffet. Even if you aren’t a fan of the cold weather, Vermont is a captivating place to spend your New Year’s Eve!
Is the beach calling your name the New Year’s Eve? Celebrate the “Last Night on the Town” in Virginia Beach! The festivities will begin in the afternoon at Pembroke Mall with entertainment for the whole family, so don’t leave anyone out! There will be a children’s countdown and balloon drop at 5:00 pm. The adult fun continues throughout the night at Town Center with live music by headline band Smash Mouth! There will be a midnight countdown and a spectacular laser light show, fireworks and Virginia Beach Ball Drop! All activities and entertainment are free and open to the public, with food and adult beverages available to purchase. Get those toes sandy with the Virginia Beach New Year’s Eve Party!
Seattle is the place to be in Washington on New Year’s Eve. They have parties, fireworks, champagne toasts and much more. The Seattle Pipeline can give you all the information you need and will also be giving away chances to win free tickets to the hottest parties in Seattle! The largest event in the area is the Space Needle New Year’s Eve Celebration! Over 20,000 people attend the event annually. People gather and watch as the Space Needle’s elevator is raised and at midnight and an amazing fireworks display is set off. With such fun planned, Seattle is definitely the place to be to welcome in the new year!
Let the country roads take you home to West Virginia this New Year’s Eve for some great celebrations. The New Year’s Eve celebration in Clarksburg, where a downtown ball drop takes place at midnight, is a prime example of the fun West Virginians have. Not only will free entertainment be provided, but there will be many events and local businesses open late. Food vendors will also be in attendance, and drinks will be available to those who show up. North Bend State Park also hosts an event which includes live music, food, adult beverages, and a great way to countdown to the new year! West Virginia is definitely one place you belong this New Year’s Eve.
Wisconsin is home to a unique New Year’s Eve event. Head over to Plymouth and you’ll find them dropping an eighty-pound cheese wedge! This event is great to attend, as there are bonfires, s'mores, and of course, cheese provided for those attending the event. If cheese isn’t your thing you can head over to Woodruff and ring in the new year with the Chili feed. You can enjoy some festive fireworks while you are there! If neither of these events interest you, check out all the Wisconsin New Year's Eve events here!
Time to wrap up our state by state New Year’s Eve guide with the state of Wyoming. Just because it’s last doesn’t mean there aren't some awesome places to spend New Year’s Eve. Head over Cheyenne for their Ball Drop. This annual event has something for everyone from kids activities - such as games and inflatables - to a live band, dancing, snacks, and drinks for adults. These activities run from 8:00 pm to midnight, at which point you can then enjoy the ball drop and some fireworks at Cheyenne’s First Night! Another option is to head to Yellowstone National Park and spend the night at the Snow Lodge. Here you can enjoy dining at the Mammoth Dining room. Enjoy great food and drinks while you anticipate the end of one year and the start of another. Wyoming provides its residents and guests with plenty to do to ring in the new year - the hardest is part is deciding which event you will go to! Now that you have read about all of the fun and exciting (not to mention unique) events going on across the United States, all that is left is deciding exactly where you will want to go! One idea is to make a list of your favorite and attempt to get to them all (even if it takes you a couple of years)! You could also make your list around visiting creative item drops from coast to coast. Many cities across the United States do the same to celebrate the new year. Some cities even take it to the next level by dropping an object more related to the town. From Pottsville, Pennsylvania (the home of Yuengling beer) raising a bottle of Yuengling to Plymouth, Wisconsin dropping an 80 pound - you guessed it - wedge of cheese! Wherever you live this list will give you locations that drop items to bring in the new year. So if you want to go out and see something different this year, be sure to check out this list and find the closest (or most interesting) New Year’s Eve drop to you! If you read this list and none of the events appealed to you, check out PartyCheap’s Ultimate New Year’s Eve Party Guide for how to best throw your own party. Overall, no matter what state you live in, you can find something unique and entertaining.
Happy New Year from our family to yours!