There are countless wonderful ways to ring in the new year without leaving the United States; depending on your budget. You can choose between the luxury beach resorts, the cabins at the mountains, parties in the biggest American cities or your comfy home with your loved ones. No matter what your perfect New Year’s Eve looks like, here are our favorites if you would like to spend the New Year’s Eve in a big city.
NEW YORK CITY
New York City is one of the most iconic places in the country to spend New Year’s Eve. I am sure, almost everyone in the country has seen or at least heard of the ball drop in Times Square. Plenty of people visit the city with the intention of spending the entire evening in Times Square, but there are plenty of other things to do as well. You’ll be able to find a party at all of the city’s most famous bars.
Los Angeles is one of the country’s most important and exciting creative hubs. The New Year’s Eve celebrations held here rival those of New York City, ranging from exclusive parties held on floating hotels to laidback gatherings at craft breweries. A free celebration with DJs and food trucks is held in Grand Park every year; the festivities start at 8 p.m., and all ages are welcome.
Las Vegas is a party no matter what the time of year, but the city is particularly exciting on New Year’s Eve when the Strip is closed to traffic and given over entirely to the people determined to party. Shows and parties can be found in all the city’s casinos, bars, and showrooms, but even the streets are filled with people decked out in party hats and their finest cloths. All of the casinos are organizing fireworks and it is spectacular when you see 8-10 different firework shows above the Strip.
The city of Jazz provides an amazing New Year’s Eve experience. The last night of the year turns the entire city into a party, with people drifting between elegant cocktail bars and nightclubs. Many venues offer free entry, meaning that it’s relatively easy to spend New Year’s here, even if you’re making your plans at the last minute. For the biggest party in the city, head to Jackson Square – the Quarter is packed with festive partygoers eager to countdown the time until the New Year arrives with the Fleur De Lis drop.
Charlotte is a beautiful destination no matter what the time of year, so it’s not surprising that it’s an ideal place to spend New Year’s Eve as well. The biggest event in the city is the annual celebration held in Romare Bearden Park; visitors enjoy music by DJs and live bands, a wide selection of food trucks, and an exciting firework show that begins at midnight. A kid-friendly celebration begins at noon on New Year’s Eve in the same park, and plenty of adult-oriented celebrations are held in the city’s uptown clubs and bars.
Chicago boasts plenty of things for visitors and locals to do on New Year’s Eve. Anyone looking to indulge won’t be disappointed; there are plenty of extravagant events to choose from, and many parties in the city include open bars, multiple dance floors, and even midnight buffets. Another highlight of a typical Chicago New Year’s Eve is the midnight fireworks held on the waterfront at Navy Pier; the pier also offers plenty of family-friendly rides and entertainment, making it a wonderful place for families to spend the whole evening.
Kentucky’s biggest city’s bars and clubs are open until 4 a.m., and they host parties and celebrations for all tastes and budgets. There are plenty of options for anyone looking for a more relaxed evening as well; special dinners are held at many of the top restaurants in the city, and a spectacular fireworks show takes place right at midnight.
It is worth making the trip down to the southeastern of Florida to spend New Year’s Eve in Miami. Not only will you be able to spend the evening outside without being bundled up in winter clothing, but the city also boasts some of the best fireworks and parties in the United States. Spend the evening partying on in a cool nightclub, bring your family to the party on South Beach, or hop aboard a giant yacht to drink, dance, and get an excellent view of the midnight fireworks.
The country’s capital offers some of the best celebrations in the United States. Many of the city’s nightclubs host parties with open bars, but if you’re looking for a quieter evening, take a romantic cruise down the Potomac River or bring your family to the Capitol Riverfront to enjoy music, face painting, and other activities. Of course, the fireworks set off at midnight are spectacular, and they can be seen from various locations throughout the city.
San Diego’s nightlife is great but especially vibrant on New Year’s Eve, Visitors won’t struggle to find a party, even at the last minute. The city is a great destination for families as well, and kid-friendly New Year’s celebrations are held at many museums and attractions.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!