Over 100 years ago on Dec. 31, 1907 the most recognized New Years Eve tradition began, for the first time the New Years Eve ball dropped from the top of One Times Square.
New York was not the first city to use a ball dropping as a signal of time change. The history of the time ball was began in Greenwich, England when a ball would drop at 1:00 p.m. daily to inform ship captains of the time. New York adapted this idea into a New York New Years celebration by dropping a 700 pound ball constructed of iron and wood, lit with 100 light bulbs at midnight on Dec. 31st to ring in the New Year.
The New Years Eve ball has been dropped almost every year since 1907. In 1942 and 1943 the ball was not dropped due to war time restrictions in New York. Although the ball did not drop the celebration in Times Square continued.
The celebration that takes place around the New Years Eve ball is just as much of a tradition as the drop. The celebration in Times Square began in 1904 with nearly 200,000 people in attendance. Each year the celebration grows, with the help of television broadcasts it is estimated that one billion people take part in this tradition each year.
Currently, the New Years Eve ball weighs 11,875 pounds and is covered in 2,668 Waterford crystals. The ball is can produce 16 million different colors, making for a beautiful sight. In 2008 the ball became a year round attraction perched atop Times Square.
Though the New Years Eve ball has changed many times throughout the years it remains a staple in any New Years NYC celebration. It is likely that wherever you may be at 11:59:50 p.m. on December 31st you will be crowded around a television watching the New Years Eve ball drop.
Chech out Times Square ball drop broadcast and live NYE countdown at many New Year's Eve Central New Years Eve Parties NYC.