New Year’s Eve Fun Facts

  • The first New Year’s celebration dates back 4,000 years! Julius Caesar was the first to declare January 1st a national holiday. He named the month after Janus, the Roman God of doors and gates. Janus had two faces, one looking forward and one looking back. Caesar felt that a month named after Janus would be fitting.
  • 45% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. The top resolutions are to lose weight, get organized, to spend less and save more, to stay fit and healthy, and to quit smoking. While nearly half of Americans make resolutions, 25% of them give up on their resolutions by the second week of January!
  • Many people bring in the New Year by popping open a bottle of champagne. Americans drinking close to 360 million glasses of sparkling wine during this time. The drink dates back to the 17th century, when the cork was invented.
  • At the Mummers Parade in Philadelphia, 10,000 participants step through City┬áCenter and perform in unique costumes. The parade dates back to mid-17th-century, incorporating elements from Irish, German, English, Swedish, and other European heritages. The parade is divided into five divisions – comic, wench brigades, fancy, string bands, and fancy bridges.
  • The top three places to celebrate New Year’s Eve are Las Vegas, Disney World, and New York City. Internationally, one of the biggest celebrations is in Sydney, Australia. More than 80,000 fireworks are set off from Sydney Harbour Bridge.
  • Time Square New Year’s Eve Ball was first dropped in 1907 after there was a fireworks ban. A 700-pound ball embellished with 25-watt bulbs made of iron and wood was dropped. Now-a-days, it weihts 11,875 pounds! Is 12 feet in diameter and is adorned with 2,668 Waterford crystals.

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