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New Year's Day
Major holiday after thisMLK Day

New Year's Day 2019 and 2020 in the United States

New Year’s Day is the public holiday that follows the celebration the night before on New Year’s Eve.

Year Date Day Holiday States
2018 1 Jan Mon New Year's Day National
31 Dec Mon New Year's Eve KY, MI & WI
2019 1 Jan Tue New Year's Day National
31 Dec Tue New Year's Eve MI & WI
2020 1 Jan Wed New Year's Day National
31 Dec Thu New Year's Eve MI & WI

These celebrations give families and friends the chance to spend time together as one year ends and a new one begins. Dancing, music, and cocktails are all typical at a New Year’s party.

When the clock strikes midnight, fireworks adorn the night sky and the new year officially begins. Partygoers sound noisemakers in celebration of the arrival of the New Year. Most larger cities in the United States have a public celebration that can be attended by the public. The most famous New Year’s celebration in the United States is held in Times Square in New York City.

On the first day of the New Year, it is a tradition for people to make resolutions. The belief is that the start of the New Year means a fresh beginning for people who have struggled with an issue throughout the past year. Common resolutions include weight loss, paying off debts, and quitting a bad habit, but some also make resolutions based on aiming for a dream.

Many Catholic and Protestant Americans attend church services that start on New Year’s Eve and continue on past midnight. Congregations dedicate this service to thanking God for the past year and praying for blessings in the New Year.

New Year’s Day is a public holiday in the United States. Non-essential federal employees and schoolchildren are given the day off. The postal service does not deliver mail and many businesses choose to stay closed for the day. New Year’s Eve always falls on 31 December because it is the last day of the Gregorian calendar. New Year’s Day is on 1 January and is considered to be the first day of the year.