By Devin Chicras
Like all celebrations this year, our plans for New Year’s Eve are going to look a little different than years past. But that doesn’t mean NYE is canceled! Check out these ways to celebrate the end of this incredibly challenging year – without travelling too far.
First off, a quick reminder on how to celebrate safely. Until January 4, King County advises the following for gatherings:
- Indoor gatherings with people who don’t live with you are prohibited unless you quarantine for 14 days prior to the gathering or quarantine for 7 days and receive a negative COVID-19 test result.
- Gather outside with no more than 5 people who do not live with you per week.
- Remember: social distancing, regular hand washing, and wearing face coverings in public is crucial to reduce the spread of COVID-19!
Gathering in groups—even with people we know—may spread COVID-19. The more people we interact with at a gathering and the longer that interaction lasts, the higher the risk of becoming infected. The safest action, especially if you’re in a high-risk category, is to avoid gatherings and find different ways to celebrate. This site includes ideas for how to gather virtually as well as suggestions on how to gather safely.
Skyway VFW’s Annual New Year’s Eve Party
Skyway VFW Post #9430 has adapted their annual New Year’s Eve party to allow for outdoor dining and takeout options. An outdoor beer garden will be open from 3 to 7 p.m., and you can reserve your New Your Steak Dinner for $10 in advance by messaging through their Facebook Page or calling/texting Emma at 206-595-1025. The price goes up to $15 for day-of orders. “Dinner comes with Party Favors to get you ready to boot 2020 out!”
There are plenty of fun virtual events for all ages offered by King County Library System! Be sure to register ahead.
Noon Year’s Eve Celebration, 11 a.m. on Zoom
Family program, all ages welcome with adult. “No need to stay up until midnight to celebrate! Create kid-friendly crafts to ring in the New Year! Children’s singer Nancy Stewart will perform a mini-concert then lead us in the big countdown to high Noon!” Register online.
Yule Ball: The Rock Cats, 5 p.m. on Zoom
All ages welcome. “Comprised of animagi, The Rock Cats are the only cat band in the entire world! Disguised for muggles as ordinary house cats, this troupe of former orphans, rescues and strays traveled across the country performing entertaining and educational shows while encouraging and supporting feline fostering, rescue and adoption.” Register online.
Yule Ball: Tonks and the Aurors Concert!, 6 p.m. on Zoom
All ages welcome. “Attention Wizards and Witches, celebrate New Year’s Eve with a LIVE concert from Tonks and the Aurors. Be sure to wear your dancing shoes, because this concert is going to ROCK.” Register online.
Trivia Quiz Night: New Year’s Eve Edition!, 7 p.m. on Zoom
For teens and adults. “Join the library for Trivia Quiz Night on New Year’s Eve! Play four rounds of trivia questions and answers.” Register online.
Order In and Count Down
Celebrate from your couch! Pick up some bubbly and tasty snacks for later from Skyway Grocery Outlet, and order takeout dinner from your favorite local restaurant like the newly reopened Beach Comber Bar & Grill, Angel City Deli, Catfish Corner Express, Lake Thai Cuisine, or My’s Vietnamese Sandwiches and Deli – then get cozy for the countdown by tuning into New Year’s at the Space Needle:
“Using sky-mapping technology and real video footage, the Space Needle will be layered with immersive, digital artistic expressions to create an illusion of color and wonder. In reality, the tower will be lit in T-Mobile’s distinctive magenta color, but on your screen, you’ll be dazzled by a virtual spectacular surrounding the Space Needle and the skies above.”
You can watch on KING 5 starting at 11:35 p.m., or stream online. “The party begins before midnight with musical performances, celebrity cameos, a celebration of our community’s resilience in 2020, and much more!”
New Year’s Eve Fireworks
In unincorporated King County (including Skyway-West Hill) fireworks may be discharged from 6 p.m. on December 31 until 1 a.m. on January 1. If you’ll be using fireworks, please check out these rules and safety tips first:
- Use only approved, legal fireworks from reliable Washington State and King County Fire Marshal licensed retailers.
- You must be at least 16-years-old with picture identification to purchase fireworks.
- Always have a responsible adult light all fireworks.
- Have a charged garden hose or a fire extinguisher handy.
- Use fireworks under outdoor conditions only, away from buildings, houses with wood shingles, trees, and dry fields.
- Avoid aerial fireworks.
- Light one item at a time, move away quickly, and keep a safe distance.
- Dispose of used fireworks by first soaking them in water.
- Ensure the safety of pets. Use eye protection. Clean up all debris.
- If a device does not light or fire, an adult should wait a minimum of five minutes before approaching the device.
- If it has a stick or fins and it goes up, or if it blows up, it is illegal in Washington State.
- Rather than buy fireworks, consider attending a public fireworks display.
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