How to Do Times Square on New Years Eve

I’ve heard lots of people talking recently about whether or not Times Square on New Year’s Eve is worth it. My advice is unless you do it like I did, don’t even try it!


For NYE, most people enter the corrals in Times Square at least 24 hours early. You’re not allowed to reenter the corrals so you hear horror stories of people literally wearing diapers!

My secret to doing Times Square for New Year’s Eve is finding a friend in the military or navy.

On December 31, 2012, I met my girl friend and her now husband a couple blocks from Times Square at 11:30 p.m. Her boyfriend and his two friends showed up wearing their navy uniforms or “whites” as they called them.

When we arrived at a police blockade just before midnight, the cops let us right through and thanked the three navy guys for their service. We were escorted to the front of the crowds right to the stage as Taylor Swift performed, “We Are Never Getting Back Together.” 

There were lots of other military and navy troops in our area but still room to move around and dance. We were given free hats and glasses and had a fun party until the ball dropped!

What was truly amazing was the way that the people in the corrals who had been waiting for hours didn’t seem upset that we got to skip the lines. Everyone kept thanking the guys for their service and shaking their hands. I’ve never felt so alive or proud to be an American as I did that night. It really was one of the most magical nights of my life and everything you want Times Square on New Years Eve to be.

After the ball dropped, all of the military and navy troops were escorted out by police. We headed into a bar around the corner and the bartender gave us free drinks for the rest of the night with no cover. Unheard of on New Year’s Eve!

In the end, if you’re looking for the secret to doing Times Square on New Year’s Eve, find a military or navy friend to help you! It’s a night you will NOT forget.

And a huge shout out and thank you to all of our military and navy troops for your dedicated service.

8 seconds to midnight!
The crowds behind us
My girl friend and her now husband
Our group just before midnight
Thanks to my friend Brittany for inviting me on this magical night!

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