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New Year's Day

New Year’s Day 2021, 2022 and 2023

New Year’s Day is a national public holiday in the United States, observed on 1 January each year. New Year’s Eve, on 31 December, is the scene of most of the celebration, however. Government offices, schools, and many businesses will be closed for the first day of the year.

YearDateDayHolidayStates
20211 JanFriNew Year's Day National
30 DecThuNew Year Holiday KY & MI
31 DecFriNew Year Holiday National
20221 JanSatNew Year's Day National
31 DecSatNew Year's Eve MI
20231 JanSunNew Year's Day National
2 JanMonNew Year Holiday National
31 DecSunNew Year's Eve KY & MI
20241 JanMonNew Year's Day National
31 DecTueNew Year's Eve KY & MI
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

America is a vast and diverse so you can’t expect that everyone celebrates New Year’s here in the same way. There will be special traditions brought in from Latin America, Europe, Asia, and all over the world depending on one’s background. But we can still say that there are a few basic elements in a truly “American New Year celebration.”

First, there is the iconic event at Times Square in New York City, where a large, shimmering silver ball flashes light and counts down the final 60 seconds of the old year. This event is seen on TV all over the country and, indeed, the world. There are many other less well-known countdowns to midnight as well, of course, in the US every New Year’s Eve night. And you will find countless private parties in homes where everyone counts down to midnight and then shouts “Happy New Year!” Some also take a swish of champaign.

Next, there are numerous New Year’s parades across the country. Those in big cities like New York, Chicago, or San Francisco catch most of the national attention. But there are parades in almost every town and city. The Rose Parade and Rose Bowl football match in Pasadena, California, combines two New Year’s traditions – parading and sports events!

Additional New Year’s traditions in the US include family get-togethers and large family feasts, setting off fireworks or firecrackers, wearing new clothes, going on shopping sprees, attending special church services, and making new year’s resolutions. New Year’s foods vary widely, but turkey, ham, chicken, duck, pork, fruit cake, grapes, black-eyed peas, greens, long noodles, cornbread, fish, and an abundance of sweets are commonly served. In the South, you may see “Hoppin’ John,” a dish that includes black-eyed peas, ham, and other ingredients considered to be “good luck.”

Previous Years

YearDateDayHolidayStates
20201 JanWedNew Year's Day National
31 DecThuNew Year's Eve KY & MI
20191 JanTueNew Year's Day National
31 DecTueNew Year's Eve KY & MI
20181 JanMonNew Year's Day National
31 DecMonNew Year's Eve KY, MI & WI
20171 JanSunNew Year's Day National
2 JanMonNew Year Holiday National except KY
3 JanTueNew Year Holiday TN
29 DecFriNew Year Holiday KY & MI
31 DecSunNew Year's Eve MI & WI