Whether you going out or staying in, or watching the ball drop at midnight or going to bed at 9 p.m., New Year’s Eve is a huge celebration across America and around the world.
Here are 20 facts about New Year’s Eve in America from Wallethub.com.
1. Approximately 49 percent of Americans will celebrate New Year’s Eve at home, 18 percent will celebrate at a friend’s house, 9 percent will celebrate at a bar, restaurant or organized event, and 23 percent don’t plan to celebrate.
2. Thirty percent of Americans fall asleep before midnight.
3. About 54 percent of Americans plan to kiss someone at midnight.
4. New Year’s Eve is the fourth favorite holiday in America, behind Christmas, Thanksgiving and Independence Day.
5. More than 103 million people will travel at least 30 miles from home for New Year’s celebrations. The most popular destinations are Las Vegas, Nevada, Orlando, Florida, and New York City, New York.
6. The average cost for a couple to enjoy a dinner and show in New York City on this holiday is $1,160. The same experience costs $480 in Washington, D.C.
7. The average attendance at Times Square in New York City is two million people. Approximately 175 million watch the ball drop on TV.
8. A Ball drop party pass for Times Square costs $229.
9. More than 7,000 police officers will patrol Times Square on NYE, and 280 sanitation workers will clean up 40-50 tons of trash.
10. About 1.5 tons of confetti will be dropped in Times Square.
11. Nearly 360 million glasses of sparkling wine are consumed on NYE.
12. The average blood alcohol content on NYE is .094 percent, making it the most drunken night of the year. About 1 in 10 11th and 12th graders admit to driving drunk on the holiday.
13. The average cost of a DUI is $10,000. More than 41,900 people will get hurt in car crashes on NYE and New Year’s Day, and more than 364 will be fatalities.
14. NYE is the number one night for gunfire meant in a celebratory fashion, but is actually illegal.
15. NYE is the third most popular day for car theft, with approximately 2,242 stolen.
16. The average number of births on New Year’s Day is 7,792.
17. The average number of births on Sept. 30, which is nine months after NYE, is 11,974.
18. On New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, 1776 is the date the first American flag was unveiled. Betsy Ross replaced the Union Jack with stars in May 1776.
19. The slaves became free on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
20. Approximately 67 percent of Americans make a New Year’s resolution.
New Year’s Resolutions
• Approximately 67 percent of Americans make a New Year’s resolution, but only 9.2 percent achieve their resolution.
• Approximately 49 percent make the resolution to lose weight and/or exercise.
• About 33 percent of New Year’s resolutions involve paying off debt, saving more money, or a different financial goal.
• Education and career goals make up 26 percent of resolutions.
• About 16 percent of resolutions involve habit changes, like drinking less and quitting smoking.