Celebrate New Year’s with Our Decorative Bunting
Well, the holiday season is upon us once more. By the time you read this, Thanksgiving will have already passed and Christmas will be just around the corner. However, there’s still one more celebration to look forward to after December 25th.
New Year’s Eve is always a festive occasion, with people across the globe joining together to bid farewell to the old calendar and welcome 12 new months in which to hope, dream, and wonder what the future holds. If you plan to observe the arrival of 2013, then we have plenty of products to help you decorate for the occasion. Browse our great selection of decorative bunting and other items, perfectly appropriate for any party.
We thought it might be fun to share some tidbits about how Americans have historically celebrated the dawn of a new year. So here are a few fascinating facts to think about.
• The annual ball drop in New York City’s Times Square has been held since 1907. The object that falls is 12 feet in diameter and weighs 11,875 pounds. It was replaced by a giant decoration shaped like an apple from 1981 to 1988, to reflect New York’s nickname “The Big Apple,” but the ball made a comeback due to popular demand. The actual drop begins at precisely 11:59. It triggers a massive fireworks display 60 seconds later, when it touches the ground.
• Cities across the United States have adopted the practice of dropping objects immediately prior to midnight. Choices range from silver moons to weighted balloons.
• In some areas, laser shows have become a popular alternative to fireworks.
• The custom of dropping an object on New Year’s Eve came from the practice of letting a heavy weight fall every day at noon, as a way of keeping time before clocks and watches became commonplace.
• Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve is familiar to many Americans who prefer to stay home on the evening of December 31st. The show debuted on ABC in 1972, and Clark appeared on it every year until 2011 (except for 2005).
• For many Americans, from 1956 to 1976, Guy Lombardo was a familiar sight on their TV screens every New Year’s Eve. Along with his band the Royal Canadians, he serenaded the country from the ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Park Avenue in New York City.
• December 31st is usually the busiest day of the year at both the Florida and California Walt Disney locations. Both parks stay open late and treat visitors to a gala fireworks show.
• While New Year’s Eve is traditionally associated with adult beverages, over 60 communities, large and small, have band together every 12 months to offer a family-friendly, alcohol-free way for everyone to celebrate the holiday. Known as First Night, these events offer parades, games, live music, artistic performances, street vendors selling food and novelty items, and a climactic event at midnight, usually fireworks.
• By far the biggest New Year’s Eve celebration in history occurred on December 31st, 1999, when the entire world welcomed not only the year 2000 but the dawn of a new millennium as well. For many people, the massive global party was reassurance that the world would not end at midnight, despite countless predictions from doomsayers of all kinds. Some people quibbled that the celebration was in error, as the new millennium didn’t officially begin until midnight a year later. However, such details mattered little to the billions of people who enjoyed the worldwide festivities.
As a New Year Dawns…Here, at Independence Bunting, we want to say a huge THANK YOU! to all of our wonderful customers, who helped to make 2012 such a smashing success for us. You are the reason we’re able to keep our doors open, and words can’t fully express our gratitude for your business. Also, as 2013 begins, please keep us in mind for all of your holiday and decoration needs. Besides our huge selection of American flags, we also have pull-downs, outdoor holiday bows, bunting, ribbon, and many other top-quality products made right here in the USA. So start 2013 with festive items from Independence Bunting, and happy new year!