America knows how to do New Year’s Eve right, from all-night parties to crazy fireworks displays to the dropping of a giant peach. It’s exciting, it’s beautiful, and it’s a little weird, but we love it all the same. So after checking you have a valid passport and arranging your ESTA application, all that’s left to do is choosing one of these seven best American cities to enjoy New Year’s Eve in.
Here you can spend New Year’s Eve in Walt Disney World with a family-friendly spin on the traditional NYE party and, considering that WDW put on fireworks displays every night, you have to imagine that the New Year’s ones are pretty spectacular.
You can enter the Magic Kingdom from 7 pm to enjoy special entertainment and ride Space Mountain before the fireworks start, or you can attend a special party at one of the resort hotels, with drinks, dancing, and an exclusive view of the fireworks.
This is the perfect mix of a tropical paradise and a modern city, offering the chance for partygoers to attend a traditional luau, take a fireworks cruise, or attend the “Party of the Year,” with fairground rides, food trucks, and live music before the clock strikes 12.
New Orleans, Louisiana
It’s a city famed for its parties, but NOLA raises the bar for NYE, with celebrations taking over the historic French Quarter. At midnight, the famous fleur-de-lis will drop, and fireworks will begin over the Mississippi River, but the party is far from over as bars and nightclubs will be open until the sun comes up.
New York, New York
It’s arguably the most famous spot in the world to ring in the New Year, but if you’re after a truly memorable experience, this is hard to beat. Join hundreds of thousands of people to watch the ceremonial ball drop in Times Square or snag a ticket to an exclusive rooftop party in Brooklyn for the best views of the fireworks.
In the spirit of dropping giant objects to celebrate the passing of another year, the Underground Atlanta shopping and entertainment district chose its state fruit: a massive 800lb peach. If that wasn’t enough to convince you, the area is home to a free party in the hours before midnight featuring live shows from big-name musicians as well as a huge array of local food and drinks.
If you’re looking for a slightly more unusual night, head to the Rocky Mountains and ski in the New Year, with the slopes practically all to yourself. Or you could head down to Skyline Park for some ice skating before you enjoying a low-key party and fireworks display.
San Francisco, California
In the Bay Area, many New Year’s Eve activities actually take place on the water, but if you’re more of a landlubber, you can attend any of the numerous balls that are taking place throughout the city.
Wherever you’re looking to spend New Year’s Eve in America, with these seven cities, you won’t go wrong!