|Top 10 US Holidays—New Year's
|Celebrating New Year's in the United States brings to mind plenty of drinking and partying. Law enforcement agencies around the United States have extra officers on patrol on New Year's Eve because so many people are drinking heavily to welcome in the New Year. Ad campaigns warn about the dangers of drunk driving, and some organizations offer free cab rides home to fight against drunk driving.
|Amidst all the alcohol, there are celebrations all over the country, the most famous of which is in Times Square in New York City. People who aren't in Times Square for the celebration often watch it on television. The highlight of the Times Square celebration is the ball drop right at the stroke of midnight.
|Organizers estimate that a million people watch the ball drop in Times Square each year, and millions more watch from other places in the United States. It is believed that over a billion people in all are watching the Times Square celebration from places all over the world.
|In addition to the famous ball drop, New Year's Eve in Times Square is also highlighted with several music performances. Numerous celebrities perform and take part in the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square. Ten seconds before midnight, a celebrity leads the countdown to the new year, and when that countdown reaches zero, the ball drops.
|Many Americans kiss precisely at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, so often they make sure they are next to someone they would like to kiss.