Times Square is the first thing that many think about when New Year’s Eve is mentioned, and for good reason. The tradition is over a century old, with the first celebration occurring way back in 1904.
New York in 1904 was a city on the verge of tremendous changes - and, not surprisingly, many of those changes had their genesis in the bustling energy and thronged streets of Times Square. Two innovations that would completely transform the Crossroads of the World debuted in 1904: the opening of the city’s first subway line, and the first-ever celebration of New Year’s Eve in Times Square.
Check out the video for more history on the first New Year’s Eve in Times Square.