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New Year's Day

New Year's Day 2018 and 2019

New Year’s Day is the public holiday that follows the celebration the night before, on New Year’s Eve – 31 December. Families, communities, and work groups hold parties and these usually include a countdown to midnight to usher in the new year.

YearDateDayHolidayStates
20181 JanMonNew Year's DayNational
31 DecMonNew Year's EveMI & WI
20191 JanTueNew Year's DayNational
31 DecTueNew Year's EveMI & 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.

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.