With New Years Eve just a few days away, we thought it would be fun to share the scoop on some New Years Eve numbers with our readers.
According to a wallethub study, 48% of Americans plan to spend New Year’s Eve at home, with 20% at a friend’s house, and only 9% planning to be at a restaurant or organized event. 22% of us don’t plan on celebrating at all, and 30% will be asleep before midnight even rolls around.
More than 100.5 million people will travel at least 30 miles from home for New Year’s, with the most popular destinations being Orlando, Florida, New York City and Honolulu. Approximately 91.3 million New Year’s travelers will drive to their destination and another 5.76 million will fly. The other 3.44 million will travel by other modes of transportation, with the average cost of a New Years road trip being $174.
Every year the ball drops in Times Square, every year since 1907 that is, except 1942 and 1943 when light restrictions prevented the drop. The Times Square ball weights 11,875 pounds, about as much as 3 average pick-up trucks, with 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles covering it.
One Million people are normally in attendance at the ball drop, with the price of a Times Square party pass being $229 per person. Another 175 million watch from home here in the United States and worldwide, over one billion people tune in.
The Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California uses an average of 18 million flowers for the floats, and in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 10,000 people perform in the Mummers Parade.
Whatever you do this year for New Year’s Eve, stay safe, lock up your cars, (New Year’s Eve is second only to Halloween for vehicle thefts), and be sure toeat 365 black eye peas, one for luck for every day of the year.