Most people know the Waterford crystal ball drops in Times Square in New York City at 11:59 p.m.
For the eighth year, the ball will rise in Carytown, a section of Richmond, Virginia.
The Byrd Theater will ring in the new year with its ball rise on the roof.
The ball has 350 LED lights that change color. The giant, illuminated ball, created by Todd Schall-Vess, the manager of the Byrd Theatre, will rise on top of the “Richmond’s Premiere Movie Palace” at midnight. It takes about two minutes to rise to the top, just in time for the stroke of midnight.
Schall-Vess uses about $10,000 of his own money to make this event happen every year.
Thousands of people flock to Carytown to watch the ball rise every year. About 10,000 people are expected to witness the rising of the ball in Carytown this year.
The rationale behind the ball rising instead of dropping is to people can see the ball even though they might be far away.
Happy New Year!