New York City is an amazing destination to spend New Year’s Eve with so many parties and events going on the options are endless. Many bars and restaurants charge a much higher price than usual and places are more packed than ever. If you have a budget and would like to go to an event that is free from cover charges or tickets then we have created a list for you. All the events listed below are free and definitely worth going to.
An approximate of 1 million people gather each year to watch the ball drop at Midnight December 31st to mark the new year arrival. This is an iconic event and whilst the drop takes minutes the day is long. People have to start queuing from early morning outside to ensure they get a position in the square for a view. It is advised to take food and drink as there aren’t any licensed food vendors in Times Square. Restaurants nearby are open, however you will lose your spot if you leave it.
Fireworks at Prospect Park
For those not wanting to queue all day and be somewhat restricted in Times Square can go and see a spectacular firwork display at Prospect Park. The event will have food & drink stalls as well as have live music to bring the new year in. The location with the views are Grand Army Plaza, the Park’s West Drive, and along Prospect Park West between Grand Army Plaza and 9th Street. The event is free and open to the public.
Emerald Nuts Midnight Run
Central Park has another alternative to the fireworks in which participants can run four miles with the race starting at midnight. The event starts at 10pm with a DJ and parade at 11pm. There is also fireworks at this event and cheering on the runners is free.
Fireworks Cruise: Staten Island Ferry
There are many ways to view the fireworks in NYC on NYE but nothing like being on a boat watching the city light up. Whilst there are several companies that offer expensive fireworks cruises on the last day of the year there is a free alternative. The Staten Island ferry will take you from the terminal near Battery Park in Lower Manhattan to Staten Island and return. The journey is only 25 minutes but in this time it offer breath-taking views of the skyline and fireworks to end the year.