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New Year’s Eve fireworks in NYC

Prepare to ooh and aah at the best New Year’s Eve fireworks NYC has to offer to ring in the New Year

Photograph: Courtesy Countdown Entertainment

Put the ohhh-ahhh in ahhh-mazing with these New Year's Eve fireworks. NYC will be filled with the iconic bursts of light over the neon dream of Times Square, or you can head to one of the best NYC ParksProspect Park—to check out it’s awesome 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 or late-night New Year’s Eve concerts in NYC.

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New Year’s Eve fireworks in NYC


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 visit the website. Multiple tours depart at 10:15pm; $60, children $30.

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Brooklyn Bridge , Manhattan Saturday December 31 2016

New Year's Eve Fireworks at Prospect Park

Bundle up for a free, low-key New Year’s Eve with hot beverages and fireworks sparkling over Park Slope. Live music starts at around 11pm at Grand Army Plaza, where you can also snag a free cup of hot cocoa. At midnight, fireworks will go off at Long Meadow; the best vantage points are at Grand Army Plaza, inside the park on West Drive and along Prospect Park West between Grand Army Plaza and 9th Street.

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Grand Army Plaza , Prospect Heights Saturday December 31 2016

New Year’s Eve at Times Square

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.

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Times Square , Midtown West Saturday December 31 2016

NYRR Midnight Run

In case you want to ring in 2017 the healthy way versus pounding flutes of champagne and making out with a total stranger, join the New York Road Runners for a midnight run. There will be music, dancing and a countdown to midnight just before the gorgeous firework display.

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Central Park , Central Park Saturday December 31 2016

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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.