In the United States, one of the most iconic New Year’s traditions is the dropping of the giant ball in New York City’s Times Square at the stroke of midnight.
Millions of people around the world watch the event, which has taken place almost every year since 1907.
We can thank members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 3 for making it happen. The Local 3 members are employed at the union’s signatory contractor, AMA Sign & Electric. They are responsible for illuminating 32,256 LEDs on New Year’s Eve and installing the Waterford Crystal triangles on the 11,000-pound orb.