New Year’s Eve marks the end of one year and the beginning of another, which has become one big party for most people. All across the world, people celebrate the New Year with their own traditions, while also watching the ball drop in Times Square. The ball drop is one of the most celebrated New Year’s traditions that people tune in to watch from all over the world no matter where they are from. Most people don’t know that the ball drop wasn’t always part of the New Year’s celebration, in addition to a number of other facts about the holiday.
One thing that people don’t know about New Year’s is that the first Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration was in 1904, to honor the new headquarters for The New York Times. The newspaper celebrated with an all-day street festival that brought together 200,000 guests. Now, about one million people stand outside to celebrate New Year’s in Times Square, while over a billion people watch the broadcast from around the world because they don’t want to miss the ball drop. The ball drop tradition first began in 1907, when The New York Times’ Adolph Ochs wanted a bigger spectacle, so he asked electrician, Walter F. Painer, to create a new high-tech element for the fourth annual celebration. Painer built a 700-pound iron and wood ball with 100 25-watt light bulbs, requiring six men to hoist it up, which has now grown to 11,875 pounds.