The new year is almost here, and if you're ready to praise the end of a great year - or just the promise of a new one, get out and celebrate at South Carolina's largest New Year's Eve Party.
Columbia's reputation for being "famously hot" is evident in every aspect of this celebration. From the free concert performed by this year's illustrious headliner Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, to the most monumental fireworks display you'll see in the Carolinas, the Famously Hot New Year will certainly earn its name. This is a big, fun event that draws crowds seldom seen in South Carolina outside of a Clemson or South Carolina football game. And the best part is that it's free. There are no admission fees for this party, and parking won't cost you a dime.
The bands in this year's lineup include the local rock group Capital City Playboys and the always popular Sister Hazel. Plus, for the main event, New Orleans music royalty Trombone Shorty, who recently played at the White House, will bring some Cajun flavor to Soda City's stage.
Lots of food and drink options will be available nearby, along with plenty of bubbly to toast 2017 as the midnight countdown ends.
The concert festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. at 1201 Gervais St. and continue until about 1 a.m. City of Columbia Parking Garages are free and there will also be late-night COMET bus service for $3, with park-and-ride locations across the Midlands.
More information: www.famouslyhotnewyear.com.