Times Square New Year's Eve ball drop

Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Drop History

Celebrating your New Year’s Eve in New York City is definitely an experience like nothing else. This huge busy city attracts millions of people to celebrate and party into the New Year with an unforgettable experience. Definitely one of the best NYC New Year’s Eve events that takes place in New York City would have to be none other than the Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop. This huge event is probably at the top of the list for everyone looking to celebrate his or her New Year’s Eve in the city. There’s probably no better feeling than watching the ball drop and usher in the New Year every single year. With nothing but amazing performances leading up to the ball drop, it’s not hard to see why this event attracts so many spectators each year.

If you didn’t know, this NYC New Year’s Eve event has been taking place in the city for over 100 years and has become an annual tradition that doesn’t seem to be leaving the city anytime soon. This huge New Year’s event is definitely something to witness in your lifetime, but besides witnessing the ball drop, have you ever looked up the history of the Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop? If you don’t know about the ball drop, then get ready to get your history right here! Learn all about the Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop and find out about this NYC New Year’s Eve tradition.

 

Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Drop History:

Times Square New Year's Eve ball drop

Adolph Ochs is the original creator of the Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop. The event came about when Ochs opened up his new “The New York Times” headquarters inside of what was once known Longacre Square, our modern-day Times Square. From 1903 until 1907, Ochs would host a midnight fireworks show to usher in the New Year until he decided he wanted to do something bigger and better. To create the huge idea that he had in his head, Ochs hired an electrician to build a lighted ball that was to be dropped down a flagpole on the rooftop of the building to celebrate the New Year. The original ball was not as big as you think it may be. This ball was only recorded to be about 5 ft. in diameter, which is way smaller than the current ball that is used!

Times Square’s first ball drop took place on December 31, 1907 to bring in 1908. The Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop has only not occurred in two years, which were 1942 and 1943. These years did not have a ball drop to observe the wartime blackouts. Other than these two years, the ball drop has occurred every single year!

 

Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Drop Today

2017 Times Square New Year's Eve ball drop

The ball is still located on the roof of One Times Square, where it descends a total of 141 feet in 60 seconds down a specifically designed flagpole. The ball begins its descent at 11:59 p.m. until it reaches the end of the pole at midnight. Once the ball reaches the bottom, it symbolizes the end of one year and the start of a fresh New Year. While the ball is still symbolic of the New Year, it has gone through some cosmetic changes throughout the years.

 

The ball that is used today is definitely not the same ball from the past. Throughout the years, the ball has seen some modern mechanical and technological upgrades. The first ball was originally composed of wood and iron and contained over 100 incandescent light bulbs to light it up. As technology advanced, so did the ball. The current ball used today features a computerized LED lighting system with its outer surface being covered in triangle-shaped crystal panels. Today’s ball can be found on display in Times Square above One Times Square. The ball that is used today has been in use since 2009. If you would like to see a smaller version of the current ball, you can find the 2008 ball on display at the Times Square visitor center!


For More Information:

The Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop is hosted by the Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment, a company led by Jess Strauss. This NYC New Year’s Eve event draws in approximately 2 million spectators yearly. The event is also nationally televised throughout the country as a part of the New Year’s Eve specials that are broadcasted by a number of networks and cable channels. The ball drop is a free event that is open for anyone to view. If you’re planning on attending the New Year’s Eve ball drop it is definitely best to arrive early to avoid dealing with large crowds and long waits. Celebrate your NYC New Year’s Eve with an unforgettable yearly tradition and attend the Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop this year!

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