New Year's Traditions

New Year's traditions in the U.S. are as varied as the 50 states:

  • Times Square in New York City is the center of all celebrations, with a TV show hosted by Dick Clark broadcast all over the United States. The madding crowds in New York's Times Square gather to watch the giant Waterford crystal ball drop at the stroke of midnight.
  • On New Year's Day in Pasadena, California, the Rose Bowl football game is preceded by the Tournament of Roses parade. Marching bands from all parts of the U.S. and hundreds of floats covered with fresh flowers make this a festive celebration.
  • The Mummers of Philadelphia - dating back to 1840 - definitely march to the beat of their own drummers. Thousands of people dress in elaborate costumes and dance through the main streets in the day-long Mummers' Parade.
  • The Illinois town of Fort de Chartres carries on an old French tradition in which revelers put on corn husk costumes and go door-to-door singing French tunes.