New York City 

Times Square is not the only place to watch fireworks in the Big Apple. If you’re in the tri-state area, you can head to Coney Island for the fifth annual celebration, complete with fireworks (duh), a digital ball drop, and if you stick around, a Circus Sideshow Fire Spectacular at 1 a.m. 

Brooklyn is also great spot to watch fireworks, thanks to the free NYE event at Prospect Park, which starts at 10:30 p.m. and ends with a major display at midnight. 

Los Angeles

If you’re looking for a family-friendly version in L.A., head to Grand Park, where there will be New Year’s countdown at City Hall, along with fireworks, live music, food trucks, and activities for the kids. Spoiler alert: there is no alcohol permitted. 

For a 21-and-up New Year’s Eve experience, hop on board the Queen Mary where you can enjoy a fireworks show over the water, and keep the party going until the morning – and not have to worry about Ubering home. 

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