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New Year's Day

New Year’s Day 2020, 2021 and 2022

The United States celebrates New Year’s Day on 1 January, as does most of the rest of the world. The celebrations really begin on 31 December, New Year’s Eve, and continue till the end of New Year’s Day. There are family get togethers, barbecues, and all-night parties all over the country.

YearDateDayHolidayStates
20201 JanWedNew Year's Day National
31 DecThuNew Year's Eve KY & MI
20211 JanFriNew Year's Day National
31 DecFriNew Year's Eve MI
20221 JanSatNew Year's Day National
31 DecSatNew Year's Eve MI
20231 JanSunNew Year's Day National
2 JanMonNew Year Holiday National
31 DecSunNew Year's Eve KY & MI
20241 JanMonNew Year's Day National
31 DecTueNew Year's Eve KY & MI
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

The most traditional of all activities are fireworks displays and the making of a new year resolution. Many stay up till midnight on New Year’s Eve to watch grand fireworks events, and then spend New Year’s Day itself recovering from last night’s party.

The most iconic New Year’s Eve countdown takes place in Times Square in New York City. This is televised all over the country and the world.

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.

Some cities will put on New Year’s Day parades the following day. There may also be American football games or other sports games played that get a lot of attention from fans.

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.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHolidayStates
20191 JanTueNew Year's Day National
31 DecTueNew Year's Eve KY & MI
20181 JanMonNew Year's Day National
31 DecMonNew Year's Eve KY, MI & WI
20171 JanSunNew Year's Day National
2 JanMonNew Year Holiday National except KY
3 JanTueNew Year Holiday TN
29 DecFriNew Year Holiday KY & MI
31 DecSunNew Year's Eve MI & WI