Salisbury prepares for another big New Year’s bash

Even with temperatures approaching single-digits, revelers still enjoyed Salisbury’s 2018 New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in Downtown Salisbury.

On New Year’s Eve, “rev up those noisemakers” and welcome 2019.

That’s the invitation Jamie Heater, Arts & Entertainment Director for Salisbury, is issuing as the city prepares for the annual night of live music by AMP Studios and the Tops Cut Off DJ Team, the annual ball drop, giveaways and confetti at midnight.

This year’s free, family event will be from 9 p.m. to midnight and feature the annual ball drop at the intersection of Main and North Division streets.

About 2,500 people are expected to attend. Even those far from the stage will be able to watch the bands on a large screen.

Beer, wine and champagne will be for sale, as well as warm drinks and snacks from local food trucks such as East Town Eats and the Hot Dog Truck.

Parking in Lot One and the parking garage will be free.

Officials will also be handing out some 400 confetti guns for use at the final hour.

At midnight, as 2018 fades and 2019 arrives, the impressive, 4 ½- foot ball, covered in what Heater described as “tens of thousands of lights,” will be lowered by crane off the Salisbury Fire Department tower truck.

A few years ago, Salisbury introduced the ball, the local version of the one lowered every year since 1907 from the roof of One Times Square, in New York City’s Times Square.

The only years that iconic ball didn’t make its annual decent were in 1942 and 1943, in observance of wartime blackouts.

It descends 141 feet in 60 seconds, moving down a flagpole. Unlike Salisbury’s ball, it was originally made from wood and iron and lit with 100 light bulbs, although today there’s a computerized LED lighting system.

“Our ball is a steel structure,” Heater explained.

“It was all handmade and welded locally by 3rd Friday volunteers. It’s made of solid steel. The lights will be on the whole time, but the interior lights will start to do something different around midnight,” she said.

“The shell on the inside is covered in tube lights all the way around. It has more than 1,200 feet of tube lights around it and thousands of zip ties holding it together. It’s pretty fantastic.”

 

Reach Susan Canfora at scanfora@newszap.com.

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