When did the first ball drop on New Year’s in New York City?
New York City’s Time Square celebration on New Year’s Eve is one of the most watched yearly events in the U.S., with roughly 100 million television viewers. While people began celebrating the holiday in Times Square in 1904, it wasn’t until 1907 that the city began dropping the revered ball from the flagpole on One Times Square. Since then, the ball has gone through numerous redesigns.
The first ball was adorned with 100 25-watt light bulbs, weighed 700 pounds and was 5 feet in diameter. In 2007, the ball was much more elaborate, illuminating the night sky with 32,256 Philips Luxeon LEDs. It was 12 feet in diameter and weighed around 6 tons. Source: Times Square Alliance
The Times Square Ball is a time ball located in New York City’s Times Square. Located on the roof of One Times Square, the ball is a prominent part of a New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square commonly referred to as the ball drop, where the ball descends 141 feet (43 m) in 60 seconds down a specially designed flagpole, beginning at 11:59:00 p.m. ET, and resting at midnight to signal the start of the new year. In recent years, the festivities have been preceded by live entertainment, including performances by musicians.