- It’s almost December 31, aka New Year’s Eve.
- WalletHub compiled a list of fun facts and figures about New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
- Did you know that over 360 million glasses of sparkling wine are consumed on New Year’s Eve?
- This year, the best city to celebrate is Virginia Beach, Virginia, according to WalletHub.
- Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.
There’s no doubt about it â€” 2020 was potentially the longest year in history and no one will be sad to see it go.
WalletHub previously gathered trivia about New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, from the most popular New Year’s resolutions to the amount of trash usually picked up in Times Square. While the ball drop in Times Square is going virtual this year, other traditions will likely still stand, such as staying up late and popping open some sparkling wine.
Keep scrolling to learn more about New Year’s, just in time to watch the ball drop from the comfort of your living room.
New Year’s Eve ranks fourth on Americans’ list of favourite holidays, with 41% of the population calling it their favourite.
Predictably, 78% of Americans love Christmas. Thanksgiving and July 4th came in second and third, respectively.
But that doesn’t mean everyone actually stays up until midnight. At least 48% of parents plan to “count down” at 9 p.m. with their kids.
WalletHub reported that 12% of Americans fall asleep before midnight, anyway.
And 3% of Americans don’t plan on celebrating at all.
It makes sense – for some, New Year’s Eve is an extremely overrated holiday.
Usually, the most popular destination in the US for New Year’s is Orlando, but this year, WalletHub called Virginia Beach, Virginia, the best city for celebrations.
Instead, WalletHub identified the best cities to celebrate the start of 2021, taking into consideration factors like the number of COVID-19 cases, safety, and the cost of food delivery. Virginia Beach, Virginia; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Plano, Texas came out on top.
Normally, a million people flock to Times Square to see the ball drop.
That’s the average attendance for New Year’s Eve in Times Square, according to WalletHub. This year, though, Times Square will be closed to all crowds.
The ball weighs 11,875 pounds, and is covered in 2,688 Waterford crystal triangles.
The building that houses the ball is almost entirely empty – and Insider took a look around.
The ball has been dropped annually since 1907, with two notable exceptions — due to World War II light restrictions, Times Square remained dark in 1942 and 1943.
Not even COVID-19 can stop the ball from dropping.
Usually, more than 56 tons of trash are left in Times Square after the celebrations, including 1.5 tons of confetti.
It takes 300 sanitation workers between 12 and 16 hours to clean it all up.
More than 360 million glasses of sparkling wine are consumed on December 31.
All that alcohol also makes NYE the drunkest night of the year – the average blood-alcohol concentration is .094%, more than the legal limit.
That sparkling wine might be why 28% of Americans need to get hangover food delivered from restaurants on January 1.
According to Google, Louisville, Kentucky, was the most hungover city in America on January 1, 2019.
If you want good luck, you should eat 365 black-eyed peas.
In Spain, however, people eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight.
The beginning of a new year is also about resolutions. The most popular New Year’s resolution is to exercise more.
Fifty-nine per cent of Americans want to add some physical activity to their routine. Eating healthier (54%), saving money (51%), losing weight (48%), and reducing stress (38%) round out the list.
Eighty per cent of resolutions fail by February.
Crime also sees a bump on December 31 and January 1. The most popular day for car theft is January 1, with 2,571 cars getting jacked on the first day of 2018.
New Year’s Eve ranked sixth, with 2,122 cars stolen.
But January 1 is also the biggest night for illegal “celebratory gunfire.”
Celebrate the start of a new year – but make sure you stay safe, too.
- Read more:
- The 20 best US cities to celebrate New Year’s Eve, ranked
- 11 of the swankiest New Year’s Eve celebrations around the world for ringing in the new decade
- I rang in the New Year at an all-night rave in the Moroccan desert. It left Times Square in the dust.
- Stunning photos show New Year’s Eve celebrations around the world