While many people are still squaring away their Christmas plans, it's not too early to be booking cheap flights for New Year's Eve. New Year's Eve is one of those few days in the year when it's alright to play with fire when fireworks are in full force in destinations around the world. When the clock strikes midnight on December 31, skies light up with pyrotechnic displays. To help you with your New Years planning, we've put together this list of a few of the best places in the U.S. to see fireworks on New Year's Eve.
New York City: If you're not too keen on braving the crowds for New Year's Eve at Times Square, that doesn't mean you have to miss the fireworks spectacular. Find a rooftop or a nearby hotel party that will be in a prime position for the fireworks display. This will mean a lot less crowds and if indoors, keep you much warmer. However, start planning now since these parties and bars fill up with reservations and RSVPs quickly.
Boston: Boston's all day New Year's Eve bash, known as “First Night,” starts early in the day and goes late into the night, culminating with the big fireworks showcase over the harbor. Make sure you bring some chairs or at least blankets, as New Years in Boston is typically very cold. For a really extraordinary view and with fewer crowds, take a cruise through the harbor which gives you a view of the fireworks from aboard a boat.
New Orleans: Few destinations in the world rival with New Orleans for its holiday festivities. Many people crowd into Jackson Square to watch the fireworks display, although you may be better suited for finding a good spot along the river to sit down. Similar to Boston, visitors can take a boat ride on the famous Steamboat Natchez for drinks, music, and prime viewing for the fireworks spectacular.
Orlando: New Year's Eve isn't always considered a family-friendly day. However, with Disney World in Orlando, there are few destinations that are more family-friendly on New Year's Eve than Orlando. Not to mention it's much warmer than cities like New York City and Boston. Spend the day at any one of Disney's parks before concluding the day with fireworks. However, make sure you arrive early as most of the parks reach maximum capacity quickly.
San Antonio: The saying that “everything is bigger in Texas” couldn't be any truer than for the fireworks display in San Antonio. You can leave your sweaters and parkas behind for this trip. Thousands of people flock to Alamo Street every New Year's Eve for Celebrate San Antonio. San Antonio brings some of the best musicians into town for evening performances and then kicks off 2012 with a bang at midnight with their fireworks show. Best of all, the event is free.