Jacksonville is a perfect place to ring in New Year with a big bash and colorful blasts over the water. The largest city in Florida hosts the massive New Year's Eve firework display that happens exactly at midnight. Every year, hundreds of thousands gather in Downtown Jacksonville to cheer and welcome the new beginning. The best spots to watch the fireworks over St. Johns River include the Riverfront Area on South and North Banks, where many bars and restaurants also host bashes and parties on December 31. Rooftop venues offer some of the best views of the fireworks
Most beachfront hotels and restaurants in the larger Jacksonville area also host special events, and, of course, there are New Year's Eve cruises with champagne and music. The Beaches Town Center boasts a wide range of bars and restaurants that are worth checking out, they are ranging from down to earth to upscale lounges.
Another way to welcome New Year in Jacksonville is to take part in the Polar Plunge. Hundreds of brave men and women take a dip into chilly Atlantic Ocean waters to mark the arrival of the New Year, The annual New Year’s Day Polar Plunge takes place on January 1 in Jacksonville Beach at 9 am by the SeaWalk Pavilion.