The famous ball drop was started in 1907 by Adolph Otis who wanted a way of publicizing the new headquarters of his newspaper The Times located in the newly renamed Times Square.
Once made of wood and iron and lit by 100 incandescent light bulbs, the famous ball is now a shining magnificence made up of LED lights controlled by a computer. It is an amazing sight as it begins it’s descent at 11.59PM and finishes it at 12.00AM on the stroke of the new year.
The most famous New Year’s eve celebration in the world with over a million in attendance, Times Square, the ball and the concert that goes along with it all, is collectively the star. Though the dropping of the ball is the undoubted highlight.
The whole thing is broadcast live right across the nation and around the world. Part of the traditions now surrounding the event is the singing of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ just before the ball drops.
After the ball drops there are fireworks on the roof of One Times Square and the singing of Auld Lang Syne, New York, New York by Frank Sinatra, America the Beautiful by Ray Charles, What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong and Over the Rainbow