Detroit on new year's eve is all about the Motor City NYE Drop Party, a large scale free public party that draws huge crowds to Downtown Motor City to welcome the new year in style.
Detroit hasn't always been a city you would think of when imagining the biggest new year's eve parties in the United States, but the locals here pride themselves on their hospitality and will provide a warm welcome and truly enjoyable party atmosphere for anyone choosing to visit here over more well known destinations. If you're in Detroit over the new year period then there will be no shortage of parties and events to keep you entertained.
There is a big new year party returning to Detroit for new year 2019, the biggest public party in a while as they make their own attempt to rival the ball drop in Times Square with the Motor City NYE Drop 2019, an event that is growing in popularity each year. The headline performer this year is Motown legend Martha Reeves.
The venue for this free event is right in the middle of Downtown Detroit, although in a slightly different location now with the main celebration in Beacon Park, providing more space to allow for even bigger crowds.
The evening of entertainment gets underway at 4pm and continues right through to 1am and will include ice skating (for a small fee), fire pits, horse carriage rides and of course The Drop at midnight, where instead of a crystal ball we have a large "D"!
There is live music while a VIP option is available in the Grand Celebration Party Pavilion where a premium bar and reserved special viewing aread are available. Get more details on the whole event here.
The Detroit Princess Riverboat will be hosting it's Annual New Year's Eve river cruise - the Rock the Boat event includes buffet, champagne, live music with a Motown theme and dancing plus of course a fantastic and unrivalled view of the city.
The big parties to look our for in Detroit for new year 2019 include:
Blast NYE 2019 at the Marriott Centerpoint in Pontiac with live DJs, late night buffet and confetti at midnight - tickets here
New Years Eve Detroit Resolution Ball at The Fillmore with live music, light show and balloon drop - tickets here.
There is also the annual Detroit New Year's Eve fun run on Belle Isle which has been taking place each year for decades now. There are some doubts about the funding for this year's race though, so keep an eye on the official site for all the latest news - you can also enter online on the same site here.
If you're looking for alternative fireworks, then you can head a little way out of town to Downtown Mount Clemens, where their annual New Year's Eve Gala starts at 9.30pm and includes a big fireworks show at midnight.
If you're looking for a decent restaurant in the city to start your evening before you head our to watch the fireworks then you'll find Detroit caters to most tastes, with pretty much any budget covered and most international cuisines represented - Giovanni's Italian is one of most popular and well known, and other local specialities include seafood, BBQ and roast grills - find Detroit restaurants.
Detroit accommodation options are plentiful throughout the holiday season, and relatively reasonably priced, especially when compared to other large US cities.
You can view a full range and make your online reservations for local hotels here.
There are several live webcam views in Detroit, which make up to some extent to the lack of live TV coverage:
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