Crowd Gets Ready to Ring in the New Year in Uptown Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC – The countdown is on in Uptown Charlotte. An estimated 10,000 people will ring in 2017 in or around Romare Bearden Park. It’s one of the biggest New Year celebrations in the Carolinas.

“Things for the kids, and the music, and just.. you know, the atmosphere,” explains Concord resident Jill Bodenheimer.

She brought the whole family down for Charlotte’s New Year’s Eve celebration. “Yeah, it’s pretty exciting. It’s something different,” she says.

After years of watching New Years celebrations on TV, it’s their first time witnessing something like this in person.

“New Year’s Eve is one of the best times of the year to spend with your family. You know, watching the ball drop and all that good stuff,” says Kevin Deja.

Except in Charlotte, it’s a crown that rises, instead of being dropped.

The Queen City’s event is also alcohol free, targeting families.

Police are also out in full force to keep everyone safe.

Charlotte New Year’s Eve event has been declared an extraordinary event. That means police have more power to search people they think are suspicious.