It’s just about that time again to wrap up another year while also celebrating the arrival of the next year, and only Times Square in New York City can send us off in annual spectacular fashion the way it has done since 1904. This year marks the 108th year the Times Square Ball will drop in New York City, an annual tradition that New Yorkers, Americans, and the rest of the world have come to enjoy and love over the years.
It is interesting that The New York Times played a huge role in the start of the New Year’s Eve celebration. In its inaugural year in 1904, New York Times owner, at the time, was Alfred Ochs who was a German-Jewish Immigrant.
Ochs moved his business to what was at the time Longacre Square according to Time Square NYC. Ochs actually lobbed the city of New York to rename the area Times Square, obviously it stuck and is now worldly known. Ochs wanted to throw a big party at the end of the year to celebrate the new location of the newspaper company along with celebrating a New Year to come.
With the New York Times being the tallest building in the area, at the time, it was the center focus of a big fireworks display to bring in the New Year. Times Square actually did not start the whole New Year’s Eve ball dropping until two years later, and that was because the city banned fireworks. Nevertheless, with the unbelievable turn out the first few years of the end of the year celebration, it became a yearly tradition that is alive and well today.
The New Year’s Eve ball may have changed over the 100 year history, but the anticipation and enjoyment of the party is still popular as ever, as it is expected to be close to record numbers in the streets of New York to watch the ball drop. There will be a remarkable lineup of celebrities and musicians that will headline the international phenomenon on Dec. 31.
One of the more popular shows covering the celebration is NBC’s “New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly”. The show will feature various talented artists such as winner of NBC “The Voice” Cassadee Pope, the ever so popular and beloved John Lennon, along with Grammy Award-winning group Train according to NBC. The show will also feature some of the best musical performances from this year.
The two hour special will air live starting at 10:00-11:00 p.m. with a 30 minute break in between the second hour which will start back up at 11:30 p.m and go to 12:30 am.
Viewers will be treated with a look back at memorable performances; like when the Spice Girls lit up the closing ceremonies at the London Olympics, Madonna’s halftime show at the Super Bowl XLVI, and Adele from Albert Hall, just to name a few.
Celebrities such as Jay Leno, Donald Trump, Jimmy Fallon, Nick Offerman, Amy Poehler and Adam Scott will all have segments during the show. To keep up with the pulse of the crowd, Angela Kinsey from NBC’s “The Office” will join Daly with live reports from the heart of Times Square among the millions of spectators.
Viewers this year will get a chance to be interactive with the host of the show, by using the hashtag #newyearsdares and tweet in dares to Daly and Kinsey. A few tweets will be chosen and carried out live on the show.