These celebrations take place when the clock strikes midnight in the south.
Everyone has their own New Year’s traditions. For many, cornbread, black-eyed peas and green vegetables are a New Year’s Day must. But the night before, it’s all about some old-school fun in the form of New Year’s Eve fireworks. Regardless of the time, the southern sky lights up with some of the best New Year’s fireworks. Here’s where you can get them
1. Mobile, Alabama
Come after the fireworks, become the world’s largest edible MoonPie. At least that’s how the port city of Mobile, Alabama, celebrates the new year. The downtown celebration begins with music and festivities and ends with fireworks and the descent of a 600-pound boat. Electric Moon Pie. See to be believed.
2. Walt Disney World, Florida
One place that consistently tops international entertainment lists is Florida’s very own Disney World. The “most beautiful place in the world” makes it the best place for firefighters, not because of the size of the show, but because of the frequency. In general, visitors can expect performances on several nights at different venues. According to the Disney Tourist Blog, the trip is Magic Kingdom the night before and Epcot on New Year’s Eve.
3. Tybee Island and Savannah, Georgia
Across the Peach State, Georgians are celebrating New Year’s Eve in towns and cities alike. In Savannah, you don’t have to decide, with the option to watch fireworks from either Tybee Island (if lawn chairs on sand are more your thing) or the city (if drinking with both hands is your style). For those celebrating in the city, the Family Festival at Savannah’s Waterfront runs all night until midnight. However, you are in for some beautiful fireworks by the sea.
4. New Orleans, Louisiana
New Year’s festivities begin at noon with the Mardi Gras-style Allstate Sugar Bowl NYE Parade, a fan favorite. The party continues in the French Quarter with street parties, dancing, music and much more. If you like crowds, the biggest one is in Jackson Square, where people count down to the New Year and wait for the fleur de lis to fall. Fireworks explode all over the city.
5. Asheville, North Carolina
If you’re looking for an elegant, intimate experience with a front view of the midnight fireworks, book a New Year’s Eve package at the Biltmore, just outside of Asheville, North Carolina. Join the black-tie gala on New Year’s Eve for a five-course meal and live entertainment. So grab a front row seat to the midnight fireworks to ring in the new year.
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