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New Year's Eve fireworks in NYC

Trip the light fantastic at New Year's Eve fireworks shows in Times Square and Prospect Park

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New Year's Eve in Times Square
Put the ohhh-ahhh in ahhh-mazing with these New Year's Eve fireworks displays. There are the iconic bursts of light over the neon dream of Times Square, or watch Prospect Park's display of pyrotechnics with a cup of hot cocoa in hand. Once the light show is over, head to one of the other great New Year's Eve events in NYC.

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New Year's Eve fireworks

New Year's Eve at Times Square

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Broadway between 40th and 53rd Sts. Since 1907, a sparkly sphere has been lowered in Times Square, and even though the rest of the country has adopted the tradition, New York can still lay claim to it. Arrive by 3pm (earlier if the weather is nice) to stake out a spot in the Broadway–Seventh Avenue bowtie, and be prepared to stay put: There are no public restrooms or food vendors, and leaving means giving up your spot. It may sound like no fun, but this is really the best kind of holiday masochism, and your endurance will be rewarded with performances held across two stages, beginning at 6pm. A burst of pyrotechnics from One Times Square, every hour on the hour through 11pm, should whet the appetite for the ball drop at a minute to midnight. The geodesic sphere (11,875 pounds, 12 feet across and covered with 2,688 Waterford crystal triangles and 32, 256 LEDs) descends 70 feet before an almighty 60-second fireworks display of more than 3,000 colorful effects and confetti is released into the city sky.

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Times Square Wed Dec 31 - Thu Jan 1 Free

New Year's Eve Fireworks in Prospect Park

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A firm favorite of families and house parties taking a tactical break from drinking to sober up in the night air, this hootenanny warms up with live music and hot beverages in Grand Army Plaza. Try not to get tears in your cocoa as Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz hands the metaphorical keys over to his successor, Eric Adams. The best vantage points for the 15-minute display at midnight are at Grand Army Plaza, inside the park on West Drive, and along Prospect Park West between Grand Army Plaza and 9th Street. Enter at Flatbush Ave and Prospect Park West, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

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Prospect Park 31 Dec 2014 Free

Dr. Phil’s Brooklyn Bridge Walk Into the New Year

Guides trained by historian and tour leader Dr. Phil (not that one) organize multiple groups to take in the New Year from the iconic landmark. After tidbits about the bridge are revealed, all the tours will pause to scan the skyline for midnight fireworks. To book tickets call 888-377-4455 or visit nycwalks.com. Meet in front of McDonald's, 160 Broadway between Cortlandt and Liberty Sts. Tours depart 10:15–11:15pm. 

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Manhattan 31 Dec 2014


Rosemary G
Rosemary G

There are also free fireworks in Central Park at midnight.  They last about 15 minutes and can be seen from the 72nd street bandshell area.