Navigating Holidays in the U.S.: New Years

American Holidays as an Expat:

Holidays vary from country to country. Relocating to the United States means learning a new culture and way of life. In the U.S., a major part of the American culture are its’ holidays. Federal holidays are typically observed nationally and often come with days off from work and school. Many retailers often celebrate with major sales events. Take advantage of these holidays as it’s a great opportunity to immerse yourself into the American lifestyle.

What is New Years? 

New Years is the 1st day of the New Year, January 1st. The early Roman calendar consisted of 10 months and 304 days. Over the centuries, the calendar fell out of sync with the sun, and in 46 B.C. the emperor Julius Caesar decided to introduce the Julian calendar and instituted January 1st as the first day of the year.

Fun Facts:

  • 45% of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions
  • Close to 1 million people gather to watch the ball drop in Times Square, NY
  • The ball in Times Square has been dropped 106 times, every year since 1907
  • The Times Square ball started as a 700-pound ball and is now 11,875 pounds

How to celebrate like an American:

In much of the United States, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are celebrated a number of different ways. The main ways Americans celebrate New Year’s Eve (December 31st) is attending a party, watching fireworks, or watching the ball drop in Times Square, New York (on television or in person). When the clock strikes midnight, everyone hugs their loved ones, friends and family, and celebrates the start of a new year. On New Year’s Day (January 1st), many people celebrate by attending a brunch with family and friends, picking a new year’s resolution, or just relaxing after a long night of celebrations.


Drive safe and enjoy every minute of the New Year!

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