New Year’s Eve Sparks Celebrations


By Elizabeth Johns, Assistant Editor-in-Chief

Dick Clark’s Rockin Eve in Times Square

Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, musical artists DNCE, Mariah Carey, country artist Thomas Rhett and Gloria Estefan, with the Broadway cast of On Your Feet!, performed in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. There was a big outrage after Carey’s performance because of doubts of her singing abilities. Carey started to lip sync in the beginning of “Auld Lang Syne,” and then she seemed confused and started to talk to the crowds. There have been lots of

The crowds in Times Square on New Years Eve. Photo by: @RyanSeacrest on Twitter

speculation over why this happened and if she might have lip-synced her performance. According to a sound engineer in an interview with, “…you could tell that was lip sync. Possibly, she was expecting a vocal track to be there [for “Emotions”].” Carey has stated she was “mortified,” but she will continue to do live performances.

New Year’s Eve in Sydney

Sydney, Australia was one of the first places to ring in 2017. The city has an annual fireworks show that changes every year. This year, there was a beautiful light show over the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The show is televised every year on local channels.

Sydney’s fireworks over the famous Harbour Bridge. Photo by: @elikarealestate on Twitter

France’s 2017 Celebrations

In France, New Year’s is a big deal, just like in the U.S. French tradition is to plan costume parties and have a special dinner with friends rather than family to celebrate the New Year. Dancing is also part of the New Year’s Eve parties. Every city in France celebrates the New year differently.

Susquehanna Valley’s New Year
The Susquehanna Valley has plenty of places to ring in the New Year. 
In downtown York, the white rose drops at midnight and there is a fireworks show in Continental Square. In Hershey,

the famous Hershey’s Kiss is lowered at midnight with a fireworks display and live music to ring in the New Year. 

The fireworks display in Hershey at midnight. Photo by: @HersheyPA on Twitter

In Harrisburg, a strawberry is dropped at the beginning of every year and a fireworks display right after.