Programming Alert: Times Square New Year’s Eve Celebration

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This year’s Times Square New Year’s Eve Celebration will be held on Dec. 31, 2021, amid COVID-19 restrictions.

The event marks 115 years of the ball lowering, a now universal symbol of welcoming the New Year. An annual tradition since Dec. 31, 1907, the event was curtailed last year, with only so-called essential workers and their families allowed to attend. This year’s event has been scaled back to about 15,000 people, about a quarter of the original plan, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

The event revolves around a series of musical performances and the ball drop, or the lowering of a giant silver ball, in one of the city’s busiest sectors.

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