While some countries set off fireworks and smash plates to welcome the new year, the US turns to Times Square to celebrate New Year’s Eve.
The Times Square ball drop has been a tradition for over a century, symbolizing new beginnings. But the ball itself has changed dramatically over its 114-year history. It once weighed a mere 150 pounds, but now it clocks in at an astonishing 11,875 pounds.
2021 brought another dramatic change to the tradition: Times Square was closed to the public on New Year’s Eve due to the coronavirus pandemic — however, the ball was still the star of the show. This New Year’s Eve, the ball drop is going ahead, but there will be a reduced crowd of 15,000 people.
Keep reading to learn how the Times Square ball has changed over time.