New Year’s Eve Fireworks in NYC

New York City is probably one of the best places in the world to celebrate the New Year, and you will find great parties and events in each borough and in every block. But the highlights of the New Year’s Eve celebrations in New York are the fireworks and the iconic crystal ball drop on Time Square. If you are not afraid of the cold and the crowds, you should probably arrive early to find a good viewing spot.

By Photo courtesy [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By Photo courtesy [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Where to Watch New Year’s Eve Fireworks?

There are three possible places to see fireworks on New Year’s Eve:

Time Square – The biggest and the most famous New Year’s Eve event is the mass countdown before midnight, followed by the New Year’s Eve tradition of dropping the crystal ball from a 141 feet height, and the amazing fireworks in Times Square. NYC has been celebrating New Year’s Eve in Time Square since 1907, and every year the celebration gets more colorful and grandiose with music and entertainment shows, big screens and of course hundred thousands of tourists and visitors. Note that the Times Square area gets closed by noon, so you should arrive sometime around midday and prepare to settle.

Time Square
Broadway between 40th and 53rd Sts


Central Park – for a more relaxed and family-friendly view of the fireworks you can go to Central Park. The fireworks starts on midnight from the Naumburg Bandshell, but you can see them from almost anywhere in the park.

Naumburg Bandshell
Central Park

Prospect Park – Prospect Park in Brooklyn is another favorite observation point on New Year’s Eve fireworks. The fireworks can be seen from various locations in the park or near it including the Grand Army Plaza, West Drive, and on Prospect Park West between Grand Army Plaza and 9th Street.

Prospect Park

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