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Iconic Photos Of NYC’s New Year’s Eve Ball Drop From 1907 Until Now

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New Year’s Eve first became a celebration in New York City in 1904, but it wasn’t until 1907 that the ball was made and dropped for the very first time. Ever since then, we’ve celebrated in times of war and in times of peace. It’s been 110 years of tradition, and we’ll keep it going strong as long as we can! Here are the most iconic photos of the ball dropping in Times Square throughout the years.

1907: The Year It All Began

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This was the year America’s New Year’s Eve tradition officially started.  They created a ball (not near the size it is now) and descended it down a flag pole atop One Times Square.

1927: The Iron Ball

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Here’s a shot from 1927. By this time, the tradition was going strong and we had a 400-pound ball made entirely of iron that replaced the old ball in 1920.

1935: Tradition Has Settled In

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This photo was taken in 1935.  The city was starting to grow around the newly-named Times Square. The turn out on New Year’s Eve continued to grow.

1940: From Iron To Aluminum

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This photo, taken on New Year’s Eve in 1940, shows how much the city grew in a few short years.  By now, the iron ball had been replaced with an aluminum one that was much lighter.

1963: Times Of Peace

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This photo is particularly special. On this New Year’s Eve in 1963, couples were able to buy tables where they could wine and dine and watch the ball drop over their city as they danced the night away.

1978: The Famous Photo

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This photo is more famous than most. It was taken in 1978 of the inspection team getting ready to give the green light for the ball to start its ascension.

1994: The Big Apple Ball

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This photo, taken in 1994, is one of the liveliest of all. In the early 1990s, the ball was converted into an apple with green and red lights replacing the traditional white. The following year (in 1995) the ball was made over with aluminum skin, rhinestones, strobe lights and computer controls.

2004: The Ball Gets A Makeover

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By 2004, the ball had been completely redesigned. From 2000-2007, it was given crystal bulbs and was embedded with amazing lighting technology that made New Year’s Eve one big rave.

2012: The Ball Now Has A Permanent Home

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By 2012, new LED crystal lights were installed. The brightness and color capabilities were dramatically increased, and its beauty inspired the building owners of One Times Square to have a permanent one built. That ball is six tons with 32,256 Philips Luxeon LEDs that sparkle year-round for New Yorkers and tourists to enjoy.

2017: New Year’s Eve In NYC Is A Dream Come True

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Most years, hundreds of thousands of people gathered to watch the ball drop. Last year, that number reached 2 million. New Year’s Eve in Times Square is a dream come true. If you’ve been fortunate enough to experience it, you know why it remains on the bucket list of many.

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