The world is one step closer to 2021 (and saying good riddance to this very long year) as the giant numerals arrived in Times Square ahead of the iconic New Year’s Eve ball drop.
To celebrate the end of 2020, visitors and locals alike can get up close and personal with the 7-foot-tall 2021 numbers, lit up with hundreds of bulbs, before the iconic sign takes its final place atop One Times Square, according to the Times Square Alliance. The numerals will be displayed on a truck at the Crossroads of the World, between 46th and 47th streets, for all to see through Wednesday.
“2021 is looking good,” the Alliance wrote on Twitter.
The 2021 numerals, which use about 500 LED bulbs to light up, first journeyed across the country from California in partnership with Kia Sorrento.
The iconic sign will join the ball, which is made up of more than 2,600 Waterford crystals and stands at 12-feet in diameter, according to the Alliance. For 2021, the crystals will be cut into different designs, including the new “Gift of Happiness” design, illustrated with a sunburst of bright cuts.
The Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration will look a bit different this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but will still include spectacular performances and inspiring stories. Gloria Gaynor will belt out her iconic tune “I Will Survive,” while the celebration will honor first responders, frontline workers, essential workers, and their families as heroes of 2020.
This will be the first time in more than 100 years the city doesn’t host a public party for the Times Square ball drop (and the city’s police plan to block access to Times Square), but the entire bash will be live streamed online at TimesSquareNYC.org, NewYearsEve.nyc, Livestream.com/2021 and TimesSquareBall.net.
And while revelers won’t be able to be in Times Square when the clock strikes midnight, they are invited to send in their bad memories from 2020 (and let’s face it, there were plenty of those) to be ceremonially shredded on Facebook on Dec. 28 for Good Riddance Day.
Alison Fox is a contributing writer for Travel + Leisure. When she’s not in New York City, she likes to spend her time at the beach or exploring new destinations and hopes to visit every country in the world. Follow her adventures on Instagram.
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