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White Plains Prepares For Its Annual New Year's Eve Celebration

Fireworks behind Macy's at the White Plains 2015 New Year's Eve Spectacular.
Fireworks behind Macy's at the White Plains 2015 New Year's Eve Spectacular. Photo Credit: Jon Craig

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Ring in 2016 in downtown White Plains at the New Year's Eve Spectacular that doubles as the kick-off of its Centennial Celebration.

The City of White Plains and the White Plains Business Improvement District are once again preparing to celebrate with an event at the intersection of Main and Court streets. There will be a disc jockey as well as a live band, a crowd countdown and ball drop, followed by a fireworks display and confetti.

This year, White Plains will also be celebrating an important milestone — 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of White Plains being incorporated as a city. This is the kick off to the Centennial year.

The event is large and a number of street closings are necessary. The city will begin closing streets in the event area at 2 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Streets will begin to re-open to vehicular traffic after the event is over, starting at approximately 12:30 a.m. The event will be accessible via gated entry only.

Four gates will be set up:

  • Main Street at Church Street
  • Renaissance Square at Williams Street
  • Court Street at Martine Avenue
  • Martine Avenue at Mamaroneck Avenue

No large bags will be permitted inside the event area and all bags are subject to search at the entry gates.

The city asks that all attendees plan ahead, leaving extra time to go through security before entering the event. In addition, the event will be a no fly zone for unmanned aerial vehicles (aka “drones”).

Heineken USA is partnering with the City of White Plains and the White Plains Business Improvement District on its New Year Safe Ride program, created to help local residents get home safely on New Year’s Eve. Over the past 12 years, the program has provided free and safe rides home to more than 3,800 Westchester County residents of legal drinking age.

Rides home will be provided for Westchester County residents of legal drinking age who celebrate in downtown White Plains. Between 11 p.m. on Dec. 31 and 3 a.m. on Jan. 1, 30 cars will provide complimentary rides home for those 21 and older traveling from downtown White Plains to anywhere in White Plains or across Westchester County.

The Safe Ride pick-up location will be on the corner of East Post Road and Mamaroneck Avenue.

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