Detroit continues to give New York a run for its money as the Motor City Year’s Eve “The Drop” comes back for a fourth year in Campus Martius Park. The Drop is only a part of the celebration that goes from 5:00 pm on the last day of December to 1:00 am on January 1.
For the past three years, the Drop has taken place at ground level. New this year the D-Burst will drop from the top of the Chase Tower with the historic Penobscot and Guardian Buildings providing the backdrop. No matter where you are in Campus Martius, you’ll have an excellent view.
“Being in downtown Detroit and having people come together to celebrate ringing in the New Year is so special,” said Tony Piraino, owner of Firebird Tavern and co-founder of Motor City New Year’s Eve. “It’s great to see larger events like this happening in Detroit. We always see people in New York on television to watch the ball drop at midnight. Now Detroit has our own tradition to come downtown and be a part of. It’s great to see this event grow each year, and as a business owner in the city, it’s great to see more positive things happen in Detroit.”
Along with the New Year’s-based tradition there will be other entertainment like music from DJ Tom T and the band The Strange. The music will be backed up by ice skating and concessions … you can get your fill of s’mores.
Also new this year is the food truck rally made up of favorites to the Detroit area like the Mac Shack macaroni and cheese, Rolling Stones wood-fired pizza and more. Along with all of that the Fountain Bistro will have specials all through the night. Of course, you can also visit one of the beverage centers, which will accept drink tickets. The cost is $10 for two drinks.
This year there is no ticketed gala. All efforts are directed at the larger event outside.
“Our focus is to provide free entertainment and bring a celebratory atmosphere to downtown Detroit for all to enjoy,” The Drop says.
The Drop has become so popular that this year it responded to the numerous requests for a family friendly Kid’s Drop. Given the younger age it is understandable that this drop will be 5 ½ hours before midnight … at 6:30 pm.
“New Year’s Eve 2011 was our inaugural event and we were surprised by how quickly the community adopted us, with almost 5,000 people showing up to witness the Drop at midnight,” The Drop says. “While it was a humble beginning, it was also the beginning of new tradition. For our second year in 2012, we attracted nearly 10,000 people to witness history in the making again. Last year, approximately 12,000 people surrounded Campus Martius to help us ring in the New Year, and this year we expect around 15,000 people.””
In addition to all that’s happening around Campus Martius Park, the Firebrand Tavern, located in Greektown at 418 Monroe St., will host a party complete with an open bar, food, music, and, of course, a champagne toast. Tickets are available at the Firebird Tavern. Partiers can call 313-782-4189 for details.
Just of the record Detroit is not just the place to be on New Year’s Eve. Fodor’s Travel announced its 2014 “Go List” earlier this month, and Detroit was named one of the 25 “can’t miss” destinations for the New Year. Detroit was the first choice in the “Buzzy Sights” category: “Seasoned travelers can’t stop talking about these exciting locales,” according to Fodor’s.
Here’s what the travel gurus said about Detroit … “A hip, new, culturally and design-savvy Detroit is emerging, filled with microbreweries, coffee shops, organic bakeries, guerilla farming, forward-fashion boutiques and funky cocktail spots. Art is a big draw, as talk continues about whether the world-class Detroit Institute of Arts may have to sell off important works. Check out the many new gallery spaces for more avant-garde work.”