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New Year’s Day

Ring in the New Year with a festive celebration! Make unforgettable memories and start off on the right foot.
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Introduction

Ring in the New Year with a bang and celebrate New Year's Day on Jan. 1! This holiday has been around since ancient times, when Babylonians would mark the start of a new year with grand festivities. It is also believed that many early civilizations celebrated this special day to honor gods and goddesses who were thought to bring good luck for the upcoming year. On this day we reflect on what we achieved over the past 12 months, create resolutions for ourselves, and look ahead to all that lies ahead.

History of New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day Dates

New Year’s Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>45 BC</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Julian Calendar Introduction</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Roman Emperor Julius Caesar introduced the Julian calendar, marking January 1st as the start of the new year.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>567 AD</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>New Year Shifts to March</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Council of Tours decided that the year should start on March 25 to coincide with Annunciation (Lady Day).</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1582</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Gregorian Calendar Adoption</div><div class='timeline-text'>Pope Gregory XIII announced a new calendar (the Gregorian Calendar) restoring January 1st as New Year's Day.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1752</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>British Empire Calendar Reform</div><div class='timeline-text'>The British Empire, including American colonies, adopted the Gregorian calendar. January 1st was re-instated as the first day of the New Year.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1904</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Times Square New Year's Celebration</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first New Year's Eve celebration is held in Times Square, then known as Longacre Square, in New York City.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>The Millennium Celebration</div><div class='timeline-text'>New Year's Day 2000 is celebrated worldwide as the beginning of a new millennium.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate New Year’s Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go to a party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Attend a big New Year's Eve bash and ring in the New Year with friends. Find a local event through an online search or check out your local bars for celebrations.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Watch fireworks</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Many cities put on a great show and have gorgeous fireworks displays to welcome in the New Year. Check out your city's event website and plan ahead to experience the show.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go to a concert</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Many cities and venues offer concerts for ringing in the New Year. Search for concerts in your area and purchase tickets for an unforgettable night of music.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Take a road trip</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Rent a car and take a few friends away for a fun road trip. It's a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and spend some quality time with your friends.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a game night</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite some friends over for an evening of fun games, snacks, and drinks. Try something like charades, Cards Against Humanity, or even bingo!</p></div></div>

Why We Love New Year’s Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a New Beginning</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>At the start of each new year, it's like a giant reset button has been pressed. This is your chance to make resolutions and set goals for what you want to accomplish in the coming year. It's also an opportunity to reflect on the successes and challenges of the past twelve months, so that you can plan how to maximize your potential moving forward!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>There are tons of festivities</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Whether it's partying with friends or attending a quiet gathering at home, there are tons of ways to celebrate New Year’s Day. You could go out with your loved ones for dinner and drinks, watch fireworks at midnight, or simply gather around the television to catch all the festivities from Times Square! No matter what you choose, it’s sure to be a memorable night.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>New Year’s Day brings hope (& optimism)</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>With each new year comes newfound hope and optimism that this will be our best yet. There may be trials ahead but they won't define us - instead, let us focus on setting achievable goals and striving towards them until we reach our highest accomplishments. Let's take this fresh start as an opportunity make positive changes big or small in our lives!</p></div></div>

5 Surprising Facts About New Year's

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>New Year wasn’t always on January 1</h3><p class='facts-content'>Until the adoption of the Gregorian calendar in 1582, the New Year in western countries was actually celebrated on March 25.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Ancient Babylonians first celebrated New Year’s</h3><p class='facts-content'>The ancient Babylonians are said to have been the first people to make New Year's resolutions around 4,000 years ago, and they held celebrations for the new year during the plant sowing time in March.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>"Auld Lang Syne" is a poem</h3><p class='facts-content'>"Auld Lang Syne," traditionally sung at the start of the New Year, is a Scottish poem written by Robert Burns in 1788.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Dutch jump into icy water on New Year's Day</h3><p class='facts-content'>There's a tradition in the Netherlands known as the New Year’s Dive, where people run into icy waters—often dressed in funny or elaborate costumes—as part of the New Year's Day festivities.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Times Square New Year's Ball has been dropping since 1907</h3><p class='facts-content'>The famous Times Square New Year's Ball has been dropping since 1907 with the same iconic design of a white wooden ball since its inauguration.</p></div></div>

New Year’s Day FAQs

When is New Year’s Day?

New Year's Day is celebrated on January 1 every year. In 2024, New Year's Day will occur on a Monday.

New Year’s Day Dates

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Day

2023

Jan 1

Sunday

2024

Jan 1

Monday

2025

Jan 1

Wednesday

2026

Jan 1

Thursday

2027

Jan 1

Friday

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