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This is a bummer, but I think it’s for the best.
New York City is officially holding their New’s Year Eve ball drop celebration in Times Square virtually this year.
Believe or not, I was actually in Times Square just last New Years Eve to see the ball drop. It’s true when they say to never take things for granted because little did I know, that last year’s celebration would be the last at least for right now.
On the bright side, organizers of New York City’s ball drop expect to bring Times Square and The Ball to people digitally no matter where they might be located.
Live elements are also still to be determined according to officials.
Events from Times Square will follow socially distanced guidlines and only an extremely limited group will be allowed into Times Square for broadcast purposes.
“People all over the globe are ready to join New Yorkers in welcoming in the new year with the iconic Ball Drop. I commend the Times Square Alliance, Jamestown Properties, and Countdown Entertainment on finding a safe, creative and innovative way for all of us to continue to celebrate this century old-tradition. A new year means a fresh start, and we’re excited to celebrate,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.Mayor Bill de Blasio
In fact, the owner of One Times Square, Jamestown, where the New Year’s Eve Ball drops has already built the virtual look of Times Square and a complimentary broadcast app so individuals at home can still ring in the New Year.
Similar to past celebrations, news, people and pop culture from this year will still be included into the celebration.
“More details to come; either way, we will be celebrating with you in some form on the 31st,” said Tompkins.Tompkins
“There will be significantly new and enhanced virtual, visual and digital offerings to complement whatever limited live entertainment or experiences – still in development – will take place in Times Square,” Tim Tompkins, President of the Times Square Alliance, which co-produces the event with Countdown Entertainment, said.Tim Tompkins, President of the Times Square Alliance, which co-produces the event with Countdown Entertainment
If there’s one thing for sure, we can always count on the ball drop even if we can’t see it in person!
Plus, take a look at the teaser for the virtual celebration below, it doesn’t disappoint; in fact, it gets me excited to ring in the New Year.