I have to admit that New Year's Eve is my least favorite "holiday." Prices are jacked up on everything, the champs is usually not the best quality and everything is overcrowded leading to lots of elbow jabs and feet being stepped on. I'll take a night at home with friends over that all.the.time!
But, if you are not a grumpy Gus like me and are actually excited about living it up on December 31, you know that not all cities' NYE celebrations are created equal! In order to determine the best cities in which to ring in the new year without busting your budget, Wallethub compared the 100 biggest cities "based on 25 key indicators of an epic New Year’s Eve celebration, ranging from legality of fireworks to average price of a New Year’s Eve party ticket and forecasted precipitation for NYE." D.C. was ranked as the 9th best city to celebrate the start of 2018!
Top 10 Cities for New Year's Eve Celebrations
- New York, NY
- Orlando, FL
- Atlanta, GA
- Los Angeles, CA
- San Francisco, CA
- San Diego, CA
- Chicago, IL
- Miami, FL
- Washington, D.C.
- Las Vegas, NV
How D.C. stacked up:
- 1st -- New Year's Eve popularity
- 1st -- Legality of fireworks
- 1st -- New Year's Eve events per capita
- 1st -- Presence of Uber transportation
- 4th -- Google search interest for "New Year's Eve Celebration"
- 9th -- Walkability
- 10th -- Restaurants per capita
- 12th-- Nightlife options per capita
- 17th -- General fun
You can see the rankings for all 100 cities here, and get tips from budgeting experts on how to get the most bang for your buck this New Year's Eve.