10 Best New Year’s Eve Celebrations Across the Country

By Lauren Hutchens on December 22, 2016

The ball drop in Times Square may steal the spotlight each year, but you don’t need to venture into NYC for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve celebration! Whether you’re seeking a small town countdown or a sophisticated gala, we’ve got you covered. These 10 celebrations across the country are a festive way to ring in the new year.


NOLA New Year's Eve | New Orleans, LA

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Rather than a traditional ball drop at the stroke of midnight, a large fleur de lis is lowered in Jackson Square. Stick around for celebratory fireworks over the Mississippi River! Coverage from this celebration will be broadcast on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve. (Free event)

Crescent City Countdown


America's Party | Las Vegas, NV

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If you want to do it big, Las Vegas is the place to be! Each year on NYE, the entire strip closes to traffic and transforms into a 300,000 person block party. Watch an extravagant fireworks display shot from seven casino rooftops. If you're up for more, head to your casino or club of choice! (Free event)

Las Vegas Events


NYE with Denver Union Station | Denver, CO

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Bid adieu to 2016 at one of Denver Union Stations' three unique parties—the Great Hall Silent DJ Party, the festive Gallery Level Speakeasy or the romantic Cooper Lounge. (Ticketed event)



Conch Shell Drop | Key West, FL

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Looking to escape frigid winter temps? Take a trip to sunny South Florida! This year, Sloppy Joe’s will host its 24th Annual Dropping of the Conch Shell.

Sloppy Joe's


Grand Park N.Y.E.L.A. | Los Angeles, CA

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This family-friendly event features food trucks, local music and a spectacular interactive countdown to remember featuring 3D digital video mapping on City Hall. (Free event)

Grand Park LA


Chicago Resolution Gala | Chicago, IL

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Head to the Windy City for Chicago's premier NYE event! The gala at Navy Pier boasts 4 world renowned DJ's, 30+ fully stocked bars and unique catering stations. (Ticketed event)

Chi Town Events


Champagne Ball | Portland, OR

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Dance the night away at Portland's longest running NYE event filled with DJs, buffets, and Step and Repeat photos. The evening includes a champagne toast—even late night pizza! (Ticketed event)

Champagne Ball


Music City Midnight | Nashville, TN

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Ring in the new year in Music City style! Head to Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park for a free concert, the midnight Music Note Drop and a fireworks display against the backdrop of the iconic State Capitol building.

Visit Music City


Countdown2Noon | Philadelphia, PA

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A festive NYE with young kids can be tricky! Celebrate "NYE before nap time" at Philly's Please Touch Museum. The event includes live music, a theatrical countdown performance and a traditional New Year’s Eve ball drop at 12 and 1 pm. (Ticketed event)

Visit Philly


New Year’s Eve Revolution | Miami, FL

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Welcome 2017 with South Florida's largest FREE New Year’s Eve party—delicious food, spectacular fireworks and a star-studded line up! This Bayfront Park event will be broadcast live on FOX.

Miami and Beaches