Due to Covid-19, many of the free or inexpensive outdoor New Year’s Eve celebrations have been cancelled. A few have come back, though, in 2021. (Updated for New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2021.)
If the celebrations to ring in 2022 we list below aren’t near enough to you and you don’t want to make a weekend trip of it, consider going to one of the daytime events—especially if you’re taking kids along.
Here are the free or inexpensive events we’ve found to ring in 2022. Please double-check each of the websites beforehand, to make sure they haven’t been cancelled since this published.
South Haven, Michigan
New Year’s Eve in the Haven
Kick off the evening with a DJ and light show or at the New Year’s Eve Skating Party ($20 per person).
At midnight, beach balls fall from the sky. Grab one as a souvenir and then look to the sky for a fireworks display.
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Traverse City, Michigan
Park and Front Streets
CherryT Ball Drop.
Mark the new year watching the giant cherry drop. $3 donation per person
10:30 p.m. to 12:20 a.m.
Near CHI Health Center and TD Ameritrade Park (near 10th and Cass Street)
Early fireworks celebration
Fireworks will be launched from Parking Lot D (no public parking)
Check the link above for free parking areas.
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4 thoughts on “New Year’s Eve in the Midwest for $25 or Less”
Awesome post! I’ve been wanting to do NYE in Traverse City someday. I was there for the 4th of July a couple years back and had a total blast at the National Cherry Festival.
Thank you, Kaylene. We hoped to see the cherry blossoms in Traverse City a couple of years ago, but blossoms were a couple of weeks late that year, so we missed them. The National Cherry Festival is still on our bucket list.
Looks like a fun list for someone looking for something to do! I did not know that Omaha and LaCrosse had fireworks on New Years. Happy New Year, my traveling friend.
Happy New Year, Sara!