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The best destinations for a New Year's Eve celebrations in the US

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Ready for the biggest party of the year? The last night of the year always brings out the best outfits, most extravagant celebrations and the most joyful festivities. In case you are wondering: Where’s the best New Year’s event near me? Well, look no further. FlixBus brings you to the best places to celebrate the conclusion of 2019 and ring in 2020 in the US. From day-time events over appetizers to desserts and the countdown to the big ball drop, we have gathered it all here. Kiss in the new year and get ready to sing Auld Lang Syne, when FlixBus brings you and your friends to the city and party of choice. Celebrate on the East or West coast or down South and end the year in style!

New York

Fireworks reflecting in water with New York cityscape

New Year’s Eve in New York, what’s not to like? The city that never sleeps on the on night of the year, where everyone’s awake. Are you planning on going to Times Square to watch the ball drop on the stroke of midnight? You’d be sure to get a unique party celebration but get there early as approximately a million people (?) are projected to go each year. 

If you’re in it for the fireworks, you should go to Brooklyn Bridge and watch the fireworks above the Manhattan skyline. And if you’re in the mood for a bit of education along with the party, you can take a tour that concludes in the middle of the bridge.

You can also take in the celebrations and fireworks in the beautiful Prospect Park with live music and a laid back vibe.

For an extravagant NYE go to the New York harbor and get on a boat cruise and take in 2020 on water. You can enjoy the fireworks with live music, a dinner buffet and a bar that will help you make sure you’re not only surrounded by liquids. So, bring your best dress and a silly hat – the host supplies the decorations and sets you up perfectly for a great start to the new year!

A different type of New Year’s celebration could also be had at Coney Island, where you can enjoy the rides, while waiting for the final countdown. Enjoy the fireworks over the boardwalk. Enjoy the fun and games and spend the evening on the beach, but the Alliance for Coney Island have created a great tradition that will have you coming back for more!

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Las Vegas

Fireworks in Las Vegas

If you’re planning on celebrating New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas, buckle down, because you’re in for a wild one. The entire Strip will shut down all traffic and the biggest block party of the year can get underway. Put on your best dress or silliest outfit and make sure you’re ready to party, because there’s no better place to do it than among the flashing lights on the Strip.

For the fireworks you get a most extraordinary one, as the casinos coordinate their efforts to make the most amazingly choreographed display, you’ll ever see. If you want to party on a full stomach and have your dinner in a restaurant, book a table now, as restaurants will be filled quickly.

Do you want to go to an exclusive concert, show or event for the last evening of the year, Vegas got you covered! In Planet Hollywood, Christina Aguilera is performing up until the stroke of midnight.

Or is magic and illusions your thing? David Copperfield will make stuff disappear during three different shows at the MGM Grand.

The Cirque du Soleil will get you on the edge of your seats with a variety of shows around town on New Year’s Day and Eve. Whether they are giving tribute to Beatles or performing any other of their total of seven different shows, there will be something to tickle your festive fancy.

You also got your Blue Man Group performing and many other acts. To put it lightly: You won’t get bored in Vegas for New Year’s!

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New Orleans

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If you are in for a jazzy New Year’s Eve, then take the trip to New Orleans. The biggest party takes place at Jackson Square. Sing, dance and drink and take part in the countdown to the drop of the Fleur De Lis at midnight. Even with Ryan Seacrest hosting, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve streams live from the city as well.

Looking for live music? You’ll find some of the better parties at Tipitina’s and the House of Blues. Smaller and more intimate events are taking place around the city as well, so whatever suits your needs, New Orleans has it.

Of course, you can take your party to Bourbon Street, where you get LGBTQ events at the 800 block and people are dancing all over the place.

Do you prefer a quieter evening, but still with decorations and lights, beautiful dresses and funny hats, you can book a table for dinner at M Bistro, Galatoire’s, Landry’s Seafood or Justine, where there’s generally a very nice atmosphere and you’ll get to enjoy everything from the starters to the desserts. Perhaps, when your stomach’s full you will head out into the N’awlins night and ring in the new year.

Are you celebrating with kids and looking for a place, where the entire family can enjoy themselves? The Louisiana Children’s Museum hosts their annual Countdown to Noon. Games, entertainment, confetti and a soda-pop toast provides the kids (and childish adults) a fun day of celebrations. The Audubon Zoo also has something planned for your inner party animal. Kid-friendly, you can pop your sparkling cider at noon and the kids will love it.

Make sure to eat Hoppin’ John during the day. The black-eyed peas are thought to bring prosperity and good luck for the following year, as they represent pennies in the dish, especially enjoyed in the Southern States.

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San Francisco

Fireworks over Golden Gate Bridge

For a fun day in San Francisco before the festivities start in the evening, you can go ice skating on any of the outdoor skating rinks around the city. Enjoy a day of activity, before the party starts. You can also get a more culturally inspired experience by going to the Asian Art Museum. Between 11 AM and 1 PM you can take a swing at a 16th century, 2,100-pound Japanese temple bell. Get there early as the bell is only rung 108 times as it represents the “108 mortal desires that torment humanity”.

A great spot for a nice NYE dinner is the One Market Restaurant. Enjoy a four-course meal with a view of the city and ring in the new year in style.

Another nice option is International Smoke that will give you a solid last meal of 2019. 

Or how about La Mar on the Embarcadero. A six-course meal will set you up nicely, while waiting for the best display of fireworks San Francisco has to offer.

The Embarcadero waterfront fireworks are the best in the city. Celebrate the end of the year with thousands of others by the bay. If you don’t have a reservation with a view, then get there early and find your spot.

If you want to get closer to the fireworks, there’s also plenty of opportunity to go on a cruise for the entire evening. Look for a dinner cruise, party cruise or whatever you desire.

For the big blowout, get your party vibe on at the Fort Mason Center or the San Francisco Mint with live performances and a full evening of entertainment and festivities!

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Los Angeles

Fireworks over the Queen Mary in Long Beach

Celebrating New Year’s Eve in the City of Angels is not for the faint of heart. Ready your nicest dress, engage your party gene and put on your best hat, because in L.A. New Year’s is celebrated in style.

Grand Park, Downtown L.A. is the designated outdoor party site. Food trucks, live DJs and video installations lead up to the peak at midnight. Celebrations start at 8 PM and it’s all free.

However, if you’re ready to loosen the purse strings a little, L.A. has more than a few parties ready for you.

Union Station is for the last night of the year transformed into a 1920’s Prohibition era club. Dress accordingly and enjoy DJ sets, jazz, burlesque dancers, custom cocktails and champagne – this night alcohol is not prohibited. The festivities start at 9 PM and tickets are required, so hurry and get yours before it’s sold out.

The 1920’s is also the theme for the New Year’s Eve celebrations aboard the Queen Mary. There’s room on the boat for both a mellow evening as well as an extravagant one. The general admission ticket provides you with all the entertainment, but food and drinks are not included. Live music and the chance to dance the year away on the water, before enjoying a New Year’s kiss with the best view of the fireworks over the Pacific Ocean sends you towards 2020 in style! Boat departs and party starts at 8 PM.

For a more low-key option, go to the bonfire at Dockweiler Beach and watch the fireworks display over the Marina del Rey

If you want glitter and glamour the Theatre at Ace Hotel is the place to be. At GILDED: New Year’s Eve house, funk and soul DJ sets provide the backdrop to a gala-like experience to ring in the new year. Tickets start at $35 but can be upgraded if you want dinner or gain access to the VIP open bar. Enjoy the unique decorations and get your dance on!

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