When Is New Year's Eve?
New Year's Eve is on Dec. 31. This year, New Year's Eve falls on a Sunday.
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What Is New Year's Eve?
New Year's Eve is the last day of the year on the Gregorian calendar.
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How to Celebrate New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve is typically celebrated with a party that culminates in a countdown. Many people drink champagne, dance, enjoy music, and light fireworks. Various "good luck foods" like black-eyed peas and grapes are also served to ring in the new year. In the U.S., the old Scottish song "Auld Lang Syne" is sung as partygoers exchange hugs and kisses at midnight.
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Who Celebrates New Year's Eve?
Anyone can celebrate New Year's Eve if they follow the Gregorian calendar.
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Why Do We Celebrate New Year's Eve on Dec. 31?
Dec. 31 is the last day of the Gregorian calendar. It precedes Jan. 1, the first day of a new year (New Year's Day).
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William T. “Cocktail Bill” Boothby, a bartender at the historic Palace Hotel in San Francisco, wrote a book of cocktail recipes in the late 19th century. His signature cocktail begins with sweet vermouth, bourbon, and bitters stirred together to make a Manhattan Cocktail, then a champagne float is added. It’s boozy but elegantly effervescent. This recipe from San Francisco bartender H. Joseph Ehrmann of Elixir uses equal parts bourbon and sweet vermouth, per Boothby’s original Manhattan formula, and adds an orange twist for garnish.
This recipe was featured as part of our Drinks from San Francisco’s Sleazy Past.