These celebrations are the place to be when the clock strikes midnight around the South.
New Year's Eve Fireworks
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Everybody has their own New Year traditions. For many, cornbread, black-eyed peas, and greens are a must on New Year's Day. But the night before–it's all about some old-fashioned fun in the form of New Year's Eve fireworks. No matter the time zone, skies across the Southeast light up with some of the best New Year's Eve fireworks displays around. Here's where to catch them. (Note: 2020 events may vary per COVID-19 protocols–be sure to check event websites for the latest!)

D.C. and Virginia

If you're in Washington, D.C., New Year's Eve fireworks options abound. Post up along the Potomac for a first-class spot to see some of the best fireworks in the nation's capitol. Alexandria's First Night puts a particularly family-friendly spin on the celebration, with community-oriented festivities that emphasize performing and visual arts and culminate with midnight fireworks.

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Everything's bigger in Texas, and that certainly includes fireworks on New Year's Eve. The Reunion Tower "Over the Top" show is the only 360-degree, panoramic fireworks spectacular in the Central time zone and boasts more than 4,000 pyrotechnic special effects. You can even stream from the comfort of home!

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One destination that regularly tops international lists for stunning fireworks displays is Florida's own Disney World. The "most magical place on earth" makes for the ultimate destination for fireworks fanatics, not simply for the size of the shows but the frequency. Typically, visitors can expect shows across multiple nights in multiple parks. According to Disney Tourist Blog, the way to go is Magic Kingdom the night before and Epcot on New Year's Eve.

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North Carolina

If you're looking for an experience that's low-key and intimate but that offers front-row views of midnight fireworks, book a New Year's Eve package at the Biltmore, outside Asheville, North Carolina. In addition to a special delivery of sparkling wine on New Year's Eve, the package offers rooms selected specifically for their view of the fireworks.

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Come for the fireworks, stay for the world's largest edible MoonPie. At least, that's how the port city of Mobile, Alabama, rings in the new year! The downtown celebration begins with music and festivities and ends with fireworks and the lowering of a 600-lb. electric MoonPie. See it to believe it.


Across the Peach State, Georgians celebrate New Year's Eve in big cities and small towns alike. In Savannah, you don't have to decide, with options to view fireworks on both Tybee Island (if lawn-chairs-in-the-sand is more your speed) or in the city (if drinks-in-both-hands is your style). For those celebrating in the city, the "Up the Cup" celebrations on River Street offer the chance to see a six-foot cup not dropped, but raised, followed by fireworks on the river. Either way, you're in for some spectacular waterfront fireworks.

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Whether your New Year's Eve sees fireworks, watching the ball drop on livestream, or snoozing before the clock strikes midnight, just make sure to cook up a big batch of Black-Eyed Peas and Greens on January 1. Here's to a happy and healthy 2021.