Every New Year’s Eve since 1904, the
grandest party of them all happens at Times Square in New York. Huge crowds
gather in the center of the city to countdown the last second to a new and
The top artists perform their best hits to entertain the public and
when the clock strikes 12, the famous Times Square ball drops from the flagpole
accompanied by a magnificent display of fireworks but not like this one!
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The very first New Year’s Eve ball was dropped
in 1907. It was made of iron and wood, by an immigrant metal worker called
Jacob Starr. The ball was adorned with a hundred light bulbs of 25-watt. There
have been seven different versions of the ball ever since the first one, each
better and more extravagant than the one before it.
The Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball has
been lowered every year since 1907 except in 1942 and 1943. These two years
were exceptions because of World War II. The crowds still gathered at the
square, but instead of having a grand celebration, the New Year was welcomed
with a minute of silence followed by the chimes from sound trucks.
After the wartime years, Time Square New
Year’s Eve is going to look a little different in 2020 as well, here’s
everything you need to know about this year’s ball drop.
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Ball Drop Has Gone Virtual
If it wasn’t enough to lock us in our homes
and keep us from friends and family, the COVID-19 pandemic had to come and ruin
our New Year’s Eve as well. But there’s one thing that is still special. Yes, it’s true.
You can’t go to Times Square this
year to watch the ball drop. The event has gone virtual as crowds aren’t
permitted to gather and risk increasing the spread of the virus. It’ll be the
first time in 114 years that Times Square will be nearly empty on December 31.
But don’t worry, you won’t be completely cut off, you can still watch the ball
drop from the safety of your home as the event is going virtual.
streamed online on multiple channels including TimesSqaureNYC.org, Livestream.com/2021,
and on all major TV broadcast channels. If you’re planning to catch the event,
tune in at 6 p.m. to enjoy live performances and interviews of your favorite
celebrities till the ball drops at midnight.
Ball Drop App
Not only can live stream the event, but you
can also become a part of it virtually through a new app that lets you explore
Times Square via your avatar. This new app has been developed by Jamestown to
let revelers enjoy an immersive experience from the comfort of their living
rooms. Not only can they explore Times Square, but they can also play games and
Livestream the countdown till midnight.
The app also has an augmented reality
feature that allows the users to capture selfies with the ball, wear 2021
glasses, and even enjoy a fireworks display.
Heroes of 2020
According to a press release, this year’s
New Year’s Eve will honor the ‘Heroes of 2020’. These special guests will
include first responders, frontline, and essential workers who have made great
sacrifices to help others in these difficult times.
They will be represented by
their families with the hope that the stories of these individuals will inspire
the rest of us. Celebrating local heroes is extremely important as it reflects
the best of human spirits and motivates others to do the same.
The 2021 Numerals Have Arrived
You’ll be excited to hear that the giant
2021 numerals have arrived at New York for Times Square New Year’s Eve
celebrations. They’re 7 feet tall and are adorned with nearly 526 energy-efficient
LED bulbs. Just imagine how extravagant they’ll look when lit up.
were made in California from where they made a coast-to-coast tour to the Big
Apple. According to reports, the numerals will be displayed in New York for the
people to take photos with from a socially distanced space before it’s taken to
Times Square for the ball drop event.
So cheer up because you’ll have your
chance to get an insta-worthy picture with the giant 2021.
2021 Host for Times Square Ball Drop
A number of amazing and entertaining hosts
will be coming to your TV screens from all directions this year, so be prepared
to work that TV remote like crazy.
In Times Square, our all-time favorite,
Ryan Seacrest will be hosting ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’. It’ll be
headlined by the gorgeous Jennifer Lopez, who’ll later be joined by Billy
Porter and Lucy Hales.
The Los Angeles celebrations will be covered by Ciara
exactly like the past four years. NBC will broadcast its own New Year’s special
and CNN’s festivities will be hosted by the legendary Anderson Cooper and Andy
This Year’s Performances
We have a feeling that despite the virtual-situation,
this year’s ball drop is going to be one of the best New Year’s Eve parties
Time Square has ever seen. Two-time Grammy winner and music legend, Gloria
Gaynor will be performing some of her best hits for the celebration.
list includes the inspiration ‘I will survive,’ the cheerful ‘Joys comes in the
morning,’ Grammy-winning ‘TESTIMONY’ and her hit song ‘Never can say goodbye.’
NYE Wishing Wall
Even if you can’t go to Times Square
physically on New Year’s Eve, you can be there in spirit and in form of a wish
or a message. Like every year, this year too wishes from people all around the world will be added to the confetti that will rain down on Times Square when
the clock strikes 12.
You can add what you wish in this confetti either in
person or digitally to become a part of Times Square art.
You can either send your wish to the
organizers on Twitter and Instagram using #ConfettiWish or you can go to one of
the plazas and find our mobile Wishing Wall and put your wish on it for us to
print and include in the confetti by December 31st.
2021 Ball Facts
You’ve read about the 2021 numerals now
let’s talk some facts about the 2021 ball, that’s what’s going to be the center
of attention of millions of people. This year’s ball is a geodesic sphere
that’s about 12 feet in diameter and weighs 11,875 pounds. The giant sphere is
covered with 2,688 Waterford crystal triangles.
What’s interesting about these
triangles is that each set of 192 triangles represent something different. You
can read other details on the Timessqaurenyc.org.
Moreover, 672 LED lights are attached to the ball, when lit up the ball
displays more than 16 million vibrant colors and patterns. This will create a
kaleidoscope effect on top of Times Square.
This year, New Year’s Eve is going to be
different, but it doesn’t have to be any less special. Promise us you’ll
celebrate it as enthusiastically as you would any other year. We wish and hope
that 2021 brings happiness back to the world and all goes back to normal. For that, you must keep yourself prepared for the followings!
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