Here’s how NYE will look different to ring in 2021

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS/AP) — Amid the pandemic, New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas will look quite different this year. One notable difference, there will not be a traditional fireworks show to celebrate the New Year on the Las Vegas Strip.

Despite this, some Las Vegas Strip properties are still planning private parties and experiences for their guests.


And while fireworks are canceled on the Strip, the show will go on in downtown Las Vegas with some hotels and casinos holding scaled-down parties in outdoor and smaller capacity venues while also observing all COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

The Plaza Hotel & Casino: Plans to stage downtown’s only live fireworks show on New Year’s Eve.

Circa: The newly- opened Circa Hotel and Casino is planning a limited number of guests at its Stadium Swim outdoor pool area.

Main Street: A portion of the Main Street will be closed to vehicles to allow more space for people to watch the firework show at the Plaza, similar to what was done on Fourth of July.

Fremont Street Experience: Plans to hold its regular countdown to the New Year on its Viva Vision Screen.

“Hosting an amazing fireworks show that lights up the downtown sky on New Year’s Eve is a tradition for the Plaza, we can’t wait to ring in the new year in classic Vegas style.”

Jonathan Jossel, CEO of the Plaza Hotel & Casino.

And on the other side of the coast, New Year’s Eve in Times Square will also be different and plans to incorporate virtual elements. Organizers said as they gear up for a celebration that will have to be scaled down and socially distant in response to the coronavirus.

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 30: The Times Square crystal ball is tested one last time before tomorrow night’s New Year’s Eve celebration on December 30, 2014 in New York City. The ball is illuminated with 32,256 LED lights and is made up of 2,688 Waterford crystals. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Details are still coming together, but the Times Square Alliance, Jamestown Properties and Countdown Entertainment said in a news release that the annual event will have an extremely limited group of in-person honorees.

A virtual experience will be created to allow people to take part in the countdown to 2021 from wherever they are, organizers said.

“More than ever in these divided and fear-filled times, the world desperately needs to come together symbolically and virtually to celebrate the people and things we love and to look forward with a sense of renewal and new beginnings,” said Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance.

The event will honor essential workers and others who have made a difference in 2020, they said.

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