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Destroy your worst 2015 memories at this annual New Year’s tradition in Times Square

Will Gleason
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Will Gleason

Do you have a memory from the last year that you’d like to carefully place in the middle of Times Square and then publicly beat with a hammer, put through a shredder and stomp on until your foot hurts? Of course you do, it was a pretty rough year. 

You’ll have the chance to do just that at the Ninth Annual Good Riddance Day courtesy of the Times Square Alliance and Shred-It. Anyone can stop by Times Square from 12-1pm on December 28 with an item that represents a memory from the past year. You’ll then be able to use a mallet and a mobile shredding truck to symbolically and very, very physically destroy it.

"Good Riddance Day was inspired by a Latin American tradition in which New Year’s revelers put artifacts or bad memories from the previous year into dolls and set them on fire,” says Tim Tompkins, President of the Times Square Alliance. “Here in Times Square, we might not be starting a bonfire, but we do encourage all New Yorkers and visitors alike to join us in the shredding of forgettable memories from this year.”

Be warned, however, that “Shred it and forget it!” is a dangerously catchy slogan that you may want to start applying to other areas of your life.

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