New Year’s Eve Ball Drop: Why It Started, Where To Watch It Live

New Year’s Eve Ball Drop: Why It Started, Where To Watch It Live
Times Square New Year’s Eve 2015 New York City Anthony Quintano / Flickr CC BY 2.0
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The ball drop at Times Square is a tradition followed on New Year’s Eve. The ball drops, the old year is gone, and the new has begun. Have you ever wondered when and why the ball drop tradition started? Read on to know more about it.


Time balls started back in 1800s by sailors. The ball was a way to keep track of the time when clocks were still not invented. In no time, people around the world started using this tactic to know what time it is. This concept was then adopted by Times Square, and the ball drop was made a tradition for New Year’s Eve.

The very first time ball was dropped in 1907. This ball was made of wood and iron, weighed 700 pounds, and was lit with the help of 100 light bulbs. Today, the New Year’s ball weighs 11,875 pounds. The ball is now lit with 32,000 LED lights and is covered in 2,500 Waterford crystals.

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New Year’s Eve Ball Drop: Where to watch it live

If you do not want to visit Times Square due to the maddening crowd that gathers at the venue to welcome New Year, here is how to watch the old tradition at home. Visit the official Times Square New Year’s Eve 2016 webcast, then watch the “Worldwide Webcast live from Times Square in NYC.” The countdown has already begun. The coverage will begin at 5:55 p.m. EST on December 31.

Watch last year’s New Year’s Eve Ball Drop here:

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