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New Year's Day
Major holiday after thisMLK Day

New Year's Day 2019 and 2020

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.

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

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.