Festivities around the state to help you usher in the new year

Functions and festivities will be held all over the state to ring in the new year

As the holidays roll around the corner, so does the end of the decade. Here are some events happening around the state to ring in the new year:

From humble beginnings in Time’s Square in New York, the New Year’s Eve Ball drop has become an icon and has led to similar events all over the country, including several throughout Michigan.

Starting at the tippy-top of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and moving south there will be snow-covered New Year’s festivities from Bessemer to Sault Sainte Marie.

One of the bigger events will be the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop Bash in downtown Marquette. The bash will boast live music as well as DJ’d music, if that’s more your speed, as well as beverages, photo opportunities, and sweet treats.

If your travels keep you under the bridge, there are still a number of opportunities for a good time on the final night of the year.

On the east side of the state, Metro Detroit is boasting a number of different events ranging from formal and black tie exclusive events to more public ball drops outside of the city. More information regarding these events can be found here.

Heading over to the west side of the state, Grand Rapids will be hosting its annual New Year’s Ball Drop downtown and will feature performances by Pop Evil, Puddle of Mudd, and others. The event will also have food catered by local food trucks making for a fun and flavorful night. More information on where to purchase tickets here.

Sticking close to home for the new year? Kalamazoo has got you covered. There will be the New Year’s Fest in Bronson Park near downtown consisting of fireworks, a ball drop, and entertainment. The Fest capitalizes on Kalamazoo’s abundance of performing talent and will host a variety of live music, comedy, magic, and more.

The festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. and continue until the new year and tickets for admission can be purchased here.

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