The huge ball made of Waterford crystal that dropped at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve will still fell toward Times Square, but for the first time since 1907, no one was there in person to witness it because of the coronavirus restrictions in New York City.
The New York City Patch website reported on the revised celebration:
The Times Square website had previously announced what this year’s celebration will look like:
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, NYE 2021 will NOT be open to the public this year — but there will be live performances, and we hope all of you will enjoy the virtual celebrations safely from the comfort of your own home. New Year’s Eve 2021 might look a little different than usual, but one thing that will never change is the ticking of time and the arrival of a New Year at midnight on December 31st. Celebrate with us virtually in an enhanced celebration that will bring Times Square and the Ball Drop to you no matter where you are.
Jamestown, the owner of One Times Square, has created a first-of-its-kind virtual New Year’s Eve experience. Everyone everywhere can start the festivities today and enter a virtual world of Time Square filled with games, music, and art. Then, on December 31st, viewers can tune in for a live broadcast where they can choose from multiple camera feeds to direct their own New Year’s Eve show. Plus, viewers will also get a chance to see other celebrations from around the globe, and hear messages from local leaders and people from dozens of cities from around the world.
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