While it’s unlikely that COVID-19 will allow people to visit New York City’s Time Square New Year’s gathering in 2020, that doesn’t mean we can’t go down memory lane and look at historical pictures of the iconic ball drop.
As many as one million people visit New York City’s Times Square for the New Year celebration, an event that is also broadcast live worldwide.
The ball drop tradition has been around for 113 years. The ball starts its descent on a specially made flagpole at 11:59:00 p.m.- the start of the new year is signaled when it reaches the bottom.
Here’s how it all started and what Times Square looked like as the tradition evolved in the massive celebration that is it today.