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Facts about New Year’s you probably don’t know

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(Meredith) – Did you know the Time’s Square ball weights six tons? Or that 360 million glasses of sparkling wine are consumed in the U.S. on New Year’s Eve?

[Related: Top ten best cities to celebrate New Year’s Eve]

WalletHub did some digging and found a bunch of New Year’s facts you may or may not know.


Source: WalletHub

Where will Americans celebrate New Year’s Eve?

  • 83 percent of Americans spend less than $200 on New Year’s Eve celebrations
  • 49 percent will celebrate at home.
  • 18 percent will celebrate at a friend’s house
  • 9 percent will be at an organized event or bar
  • 23 percent won’t celebrate at all

Bed Time

  • 48 percent of parents will put their kids to bed by 9 p.m.
  • 30 percent of Americans will fall asleep before midnight.
  • 54 percent of Americans will start the new year with a kiss.

America’s Favorite Holidays are:

  • Christmas (78 percent)
  • Thanksgiving (74 percent)
  • Independence Day (47 percent)
  • New Year’s Eve/Day (41 percent)

Travel Plans

  • 103 million people will travel at least 30 miles away from home on New Year’s Eve.

The most popular destinations are New Year’s Eve are:

  1. Las Vegas, Nev.
  2. Orlando, Fla.
  3. New York City, N.Y.
  • 93.6 million Americans will drive to their destination.
  • 6 million will fly to their destination
  • 3.5 million will travel by other means (boat, train, bus)

Cost of New Year’s Eve

  • Average dinner date cost in New York: $1,160
  • Average dinner date cost in Washington, D.C: $480
  • Price of a Balldrop Party Pass: $229

Times Square

  • 2 million people will be in Times Square on New Year’s Eve
  • 7,000 police officers will patrol Times Square
  • 175 million people watch the ball drop on TV
  • 1 billion people watch it worldwide
  • 1.5 tons of confetti are dropped in Times Square
  • 280 sanitation workers clean up nearly 50 tons of trash
  • The Times Square Ball weighs 11,875 pounds
  • The ball first dropped in 1907.

Eating and Drinking

  • 360 million glasses of sparkling wine will be consumed on NYE.
  • For good luck the following year, tradition says you should eat 365 black-eyed peas.
  • The average blood alcohol content on NYE is 0.094%
  • The average cost of a DUI is $10,000.
  • 28 percent of Americans go to a restaurant to cure their hangover from NYE.

Bad start to a new year

  • NYE is the BUSIEST night for illegal “celebratory” gunfire
  • 41,900 people get into car crashes on NYE/NYD
  • More than 364 traffic fatalities occur every NYE/NYD
  • NYE is the 5th most popular day for car thefs. NYD is number 3. (Halloween is #1)

New Year’s Day

  • Average number of births on NYD: 7,792
  • Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863.
  • The first American flag was unveiled on January 1, 1776

New Year’s Resolutions

  • 67 percent of Americans make a New Year’s resolution.
  • 9.2 percent are successful in achieving them.
  • 49 percent of resolutions focus on weight loss.
  • 33 percent are financial goals.
  • 26 percent are focused on education or career.
  • 16 percent want to stop bad habits (smoking, drink less, etc.).


Information for this article was provided by WalletHub.

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