The fireworks that welcome the new year in Times Square are the most famous, but not the only official New Year’s Eve fireworks in NYC. Here’s where you can welcome 2016 with pyrotechnics, music and even hot cocoa. FREE, of course
Times Square: Beginning at 6pm, there are fireworks from the top of One Times Square every hour on the hour, until the really big show begins around 11pm with performances across two stages and more. Arrive by 3pm or even earlier to stake out a prime spot in the Broadway–Seventh Avenue bowtie, and know that you if you leave you can’t return through NYPD barricades and security. Also know there are no public restrooms or food vendors.
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Prospect Park: Live music starts at around 11pm, and there’s also free hot cocoa. The fireworks are at Long Meadow, The best vantage points are at Grand Army Plaza, inside the park on West Drive and along Prospect Park West between Grand Army Plaza and 9th Street.
Central Park: Live music, face painting, strobe lights, cider toasts, the annual New York Road Runner’s Midnight Run, at the Naumburg Bandshell, mid-park at 72nd St. The fireworks are just south of the 72nd St. Transverse. More information here.
Coney Island: Join the party starting at 9pm, until midnight fireworks at Steeplechase Plaza, on the Boardwalk at 19th Street.