The New Year is coming, New York City. You know what that means. No, we're not referring to the exorbitant amount of champagne you're planning to drink, but we totally endorse that decision.

What we're referring to, though, is the mania that explodes every year on the evening of December 31st in Times Square, of course.

We're guessing you know all about Times Square on New Year's Eve; the millions of spectators who gather to watch the ball drop in person and the billions more who watch on TV. You probably know all about all the high profile performances that up the ante of the ball drop.

Here's what you maybe didn't know: people have been getting wild in Times Square since 1904. Yeah, that's a lot of New Year's Eve parties. One hundred and eleven to be precise. 

Curious what it was like at the very first New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square? Well, we're guessing Taylor Swift and Jessie J weren't in attendance. Actually, we know they weren't. How do they know? 

Contrary to what you may be thinking, it's not because of science or a rudimentary knowledge of the human life span. It's because we saw a video of the very first ball drop, and you can watch it too.

Before this video was taken, the city's revelers celebrated New Year's Eve downtown, at Trinity Church near Wall Street. The church hated that people got drunk on their property, though, so they were excited that the party moved.


The first celebration in Times Square garnered a crowd of 200,000. There was a midnight firework display, but it wasn't until several years later that a ball actually dropped.

We don't need to tell you anything else about the party. You can see for yourself in the video below. Watch it and enjoy your fizzy, ice cold glass of New Year's nostalgia, NYC.

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[via 6sqft]