The first Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration was held in 1904. The first New Year’s Eve Ball lowering celebration atop One Times Square was in 1907. This proud tradition is now a universal symbol of the New Year.
On December 31 each year an estimated one million people will crowd into Times Square, millions nationwide and over a billion watching throughout the world are united in bidding a collective farewell to the departing year, and expressing their joy and hope for the year ahead.
Seven versions of the Ball have been designed to signal the New Year. The first ball was made of iron and wood, weighed 700 pounds, and was covered with 100 light bulbs. In 1920, a 400 pound iron ball replaced the iron and wood ball. In 1955, a 150 pound aluminum Ball with 180 light bulbs replacedthe iron ball. In 1995, the aluminum ball was upgraded with aluminum skin, rhinestones, and computer controls. In 1999, the Waterford crystal New Year’s Eve Ball was created to welcome the new millennium.
In 2007, modern LED technology replaced the light bulbs of the past for the 100th Anniversary of the New Year’s Eve Ball. In 2008, the permanent Big Ball was unveiled atop One Times Square where it sits above Times Square throughout the year waiting to be hoisted for its 10 shining moments.
Our friends at Waterford/Wedgewood recently invited us to a special up close look at the special sphere. Take a look behind the magic:
“And now let us welcome the new year, full of things that never were.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke