New Yorkers braved temperatures of 10°F (-12°C) in order to usher in 2018 in Times Square – one of the most renowned New Year’s celebrations in the world. Mariah Carey, Britney Spears and Kelly Clarkson performed on the ABC program. The freezing temperature made it the coldest New Years’ celebrations in the city since 1917.
Chicago also experienced freezing weather conditions as it rang out 2017 and ushered in the New Year. Despite the temperature dropping to 0°F (-17°C) thousands of people packed Navy Pier to see fireworks light up the skies over Lake Michigan, warming up the city’s coldest New Year’s Eve since 1969.
One of the most impressive shows in the US took place in Las Vegas, where an eight-minute-long event launched thousands of fireworks from the rooftops of seven casinos. More than 350,000 people celebrated the New Year on the Strip. We were there, the security was incredibly tight at the event in the city, which suffered the largest mass shooting in modern US history in October.
Security was also a notable feature at the San Francisco event, where people could sign up for emergency text alerts that would make them aware of any significant incidents in the city.
Seattle also had an eight-minute show with the city’s famous Space Needle acting as an ideal backdrop for the stunning pyrotechnics display.
Reunion Tower hosted Dallas’ impressive New Year’s celebrations.