Why do we drop an 11,875 Pound Ball on New Year's Eve?
Before people gathered in Time Square to celebrate the new Year, everyone would gather in front of Trinity Church on Wall Street and Broadway. By 1904, people started to go to The second tallest building at that time in New York, which was the New York Times' Headquarters. The New York Times publisher, Alfred Ochs, threw a New Year's Eve party there. FireWorks were set off from the base of the tower. It was the talk of the town. Two years later, fireworks were prohibited. Ochs replaced it with a seven-hundred -pound iron and wood ball, which was lowered from the tower to begin the year 1908. The tradition continued.