New Year's Day in the United States

When is New Year's Day?

New Year's Day is on January 1, 2022.
It falls on Saturday.

How many days until New Year's Day?

There are 348 Days left until New Year's Day in the United States.

What is New Year's Day?

New Year's Day is a federal holiday in the United States celebrated every January 1st of the year. It is one of the most common public holidays recognized around the world. The celebration takes place every first day of the year, following both Julian and Gregorian Calendar. With its observance, most of the country’s business organizations close for the day. The same goes for government offices, schools, and universities.

New Year's Day Origin

Based on historical records, the first celebration of New Year has its roots way back thousands of years ago (around 2000 B.C.), taking place in ancient Babylon. With the usage of early Roman calendar, New Year’s celebration originally occurred on March 1st – at this time, the old calendar only had ten months, beginning in March.

From Julian Calendar to Gregorian Calendar System

The Julian Calendar is a calendrical reform of the early Roman Calendar. It was proposed by Julius Caesar, a well-known general, politician, and scholar in ancient Rome. The Julian calendar was mostly used in Europe and elsewhere until it was replaced by the Gregorian Calendar - another calendar system named after Pope Gregory XIII who introduced it. With the Gregorian calendar’s establishment in 1582, Pope Gregory XIII reestablished January 1st as New Year’s Day to mark the start of the year.

Nowadays, the Gregorian calendar has become the most widely used calendar system in the world, hence, most of the countries celebrate New Year’s Day on January 1st.


New Year's Traditions

People all over the world have their own unique, significant, and meaningful ways of celebrating New Year’s Day. Like other countries, Americans observe this day according to their own customs and traditions. Many sporting events are traditionally held in the country during the holiday’s celebration.

New Year Countdown

Most of the Americans usually do a countdown in the last minute or seconds before the new year starts. Others often watch countdowns that are broadcasted in the television. Once the clock hits 12:00 am, fireworks and firecrackers set sail. A “Happy New Year” greeting is then exchanged between family members, relatives, friends, or even strangers.

Fireworks Displays in US during Christmas

New Year’s Day is celebrated globally, and United States is no exception. For the Americans, its observance means a lot of things, and fireworks viewing is one of them. Big cities across the country would often arrange numerous fireworks displays for the enjoyment of the public. Most of these fireworks are held at midnight of New Year’s Eve to officially mark the beginning of a new calendar year. San Francisco, New Orleans, Boston, Honolulu, and Walt Disney World in Florida are only few areas in the country which feature the biggest New Year fireworks displays.

New Year Resolutions

To some Americans, the holiday would not be completed without making New Year resolutions. This is an old practice where a person pledges to do something better in the coming year. Like other people, Americans love to start afresh and welcome the new year with a brand-new set of goals and objectives. The most common goals include a healthy diet, spending more time with loved ones, building a better career, and others.

Traditional Foods on New Year's Day in the United States

It is a tradition for most Americans to have social and family gatherings on New Year’s Day. Many would host parties to gather their family members, relatives, and friends. The people enjoy the occasion over traditional dishes and drinks which is also one of the day’s highlights. Some Americans believe that foods eaten on this day have symbolic meaning. Special dishes that are believed to bring good luck and abundance for the upcoming year are served at the table. For instance, Southern Americans eat Black-eyed peas and beans since it symbolizes wealth. A cornbread is also prepared which represents gold. Cabbage, pork, and other circular shaped foods and fruits are also consumed by the people.

Dates of Observance for New Year's Day
Year Date Day Holiday
2022 January 01 Saturday New Year's Day
2023 January 01 Sunday New Year's Day
2024 January 01 Monday New Year's Day
2025 January 01 Wednesday New Year's Day
2026 January 01 Thursday New Year's Day
2027 January 01 Friday New Year's Day
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Holiday Date
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