The Best Ways to Ring in the New Year

If you still don’t have plans for New Year’s Eve, we’ve got you covered. The biggest New Year’s Eve tradition is watching the ball drop in New York City. While it’s a blast to be in the Big Apple to see the lowering of the ball and the crazy celebrations, there are plenty of other places just as wonderful to ring in the New Year.

Local Restaurant or Sports Bar

If you’re going to celebrate the New Year at a restaurant or bar, get their early. A sports bar is the best option for New Year’s Eve because of the TVs, plus, there are several football bowl games happening. Bars will fill up fast, usually around 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. sometimes. If you’re lucky, you’ll snag a spot a the bar or a table. Be sure to hang on to it because once the place fills up, people will try to sneak a table or a spot from you. Also, if you plan to go out, check to make sure that the place you want to go to is going to be open. Some places might have limited hours.

City Celebration or Community Gathering

Big cities, or even small downtowns, will put together a celebration for the community to go to. If you aren’t a lucky individual to make it to NYC, there are plenty of other city celebrations. If you’re in Michigan, for example, Detroit has a celebration called The Drop to ring in the New Year.

Sporting Event

New Year’s Eve is famous for sporting events. This year, there are some great opportunities to attend a sporting event. Attend a local hockey game. If you can’t make it to an event, cheer on your team at a local sports bar or from home.

At Home

Lastly, but certainly not least, you can ring in the New Year from the comfort of your living room. Believe it or not, this is what most Americans do. Or, invite some friends and family over for a small get-together to enjoy each other’s company. It’s cold outside this time of year, so walking to the bars or celebrating on the streets isn’t exacty everyone’s priority. Inside a warm house, with the comfort of a crackling fire and some champagne and delicious appetizers, you can watch the ball drop right on your television screen. I recommend the popular Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2016, or CNN’s New Years Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Co-Host Kathy Griffin. (The latter if you want a good laugh.)