Today, I wanted to bring you a little history on New Year’s Eve! I chose to look at a very famous American tradition: the history of the celebration in Times Square. I remember trying to stay up to watch the ball drop as a little kid. Every year, I’d set up my pillows and blankets in front of the TV, eat my share of the party snacks and then end up crashing before the ball dropped!
If you ask me, the celebration at Times Square is an amazing phenomenon that has packed the square full of celebrants since its start in 1904. Even during the depression, the New Year was rung in at Times Square, although they did forgo the lights.
You will find the history of the Times Square celebration here on this Web site. I was really surprised by how much I didn’t know about the celebration and its tradition. It is amazing to me that people travel from all over the world to be in Times Square on New Year’s Eve.
You can also check out the Times Square timeline at the bottom of the page. It is pretty nifty! It is an interactive timeline and it dates all the way back to the 1890s. Also, if you’re looking for even more information, you can check out the side menu, where you will find information on the ball itself. The section you want for that is About the New Year’s Eve Ball. I found that section particularly interesting, because you get to discover what the ball has been made out of over the years and the history behind it.
Well, this is it for me in 2007. I’ll see you all in 2008!