How did you ring in the New Year for 2020?
Gravy found that foot traffic at rock concerts was 224% higher than average on New Year’s Eve 2018. It’s no surprise to us that this trend appears to have continued for New Year’s Eve 2019. Gravy utilized event analytics to examine attendance on December 31, 2019 to find the most popular New Year’s Eve events. Revelers celebrated 2020 with fireworks, concerts, and twists on the classic New Year’s Eve ball drop.
Let’s raise a glass to celebrate 2020 and take a look at the Top 10 New Year’s Eve events in the U.S.:
10. PITBULL’S WORLDWIDE NEW YEAR’S EVE
To celebrate the arrival of 2020, rapper Pitbull hosted “Miami’s Largest Free New Year’s Party” in downtown Miami’s Bayfront Park. The event featured performances from Mr. Worldwide himself and special musical guests. VIPs enjoyed open bar access and unlimited gourmet food.
9. NEW YEAR’S EVE BEACH BALL DROP
Panama City Beach celebrates the New Year by dropping 10,000 beach balls on partygoers in Pier Park. This family-friendly event also has musical performances, a kid’s countdown, and two fireworks shows. At midnight, there is a special ball drop from Celebration Tower.
8. JOHN FOGERTY AT WINSTAR WORLDWIDE
Former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty concluded his My 50 Year Trip tour with a New Year’s Eve concert at the WinStar Worldwide Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma.
New Year’s Eve fireworks at Bayfront Park in Miami.
7. CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: KÀ IN LAS VEGAS
Cirque du Soleil: KÀ is a battlefield of acrobatics. The show, housed in the MGM Grand, features acrobats performing gravity defying martial arts choreography on a moving stage.
6. FIRST NIGHT BOSTON
Since 1975, First Night Boston has been a New Year’s Eve tradition at historic Copley Square. The event has all-day performances, intricate ice sculptures, and elaborate light displays.
New Year’s Eve fireworks over Boston.
5. PAULA ABDUL IN LAS VEGAS
Paula Abdul fans celebrated the end of 2019 by going to see Paula’s Vegas residency show, Forever Your Girl, at the Flamingo Showroom.
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4. PHISH AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
Phish fans know that this concert isn’t one to miss. The jam band has been playing at Madison Square Garden since 1995 (with the exception of the group’s breakup period and hiatus of course). Interesting antics always abound at Phish’s annual NYE concert especially when it is time for the countdown.
3. TULSA TIMES SQUARE NEW YEAR’S EVE 2020
This is perhaps one of Tulsa’s biggest New Year’s Eve events. Hosted at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, partygoers said goodbye to 2020 with “Tulsa’s Biggest Midnight Balloon Drop.”
2. CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: O IN LAS VEGAS
Since 1998, Cirque du Soleil: O has been a staple at Bellagio Hotel and Casino. This aquatic wonderland features daring performances by acrobats in water (and even fire).
New Year’s Eve fireworks over Las Vegas.
1. UNDER THE FIREWORKS NEW YEAR’S EVE 2020 AT SMOKED
Some Vegas partygoers decided to skip the concerts and celebrate 2020 at Smoked Burgers & BBQ in Las Vegas. Barbeque lovers got a chance to sample complimentary appetizers. Attendees had the perfect view of the Vegas fireworks and danced the night away to a selection of curated DJs.
New Year, New Events
2021 is going to be here before we know it. It’s important to start your marketing plan as early as possible in order to get the most out of your event. Location intelligence can help event marketers and planners create events which their customers will want to go to year after year.