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Memphis surely knows how to party, and New Year's Eve is the perfect occasion to see the city at its best. The city of Elvis, B.B. King, and Otis Redding boasts a legendary music scene. Most clubs and bars invite everybody to ring in the New Year with a bash.
On December 31, Downtown Memphis doesn't sleep. Cheerful crowds leave bars and take to the streets to watch the spectacular fireworks display at midnight.
Beale Street, also known as Home of Blues, is the epicenter of New Year's Eve celebrations in Memphis. In the past, Beale Street clubs hosted Louis Armstrong, Muddy Waters, B. B. King, Rufus Thomas, and local music legends who developed a style of blues music called Memphis Blues. Beale Street is still a premier destination for music fans. Just take a walk and listen to clubs live-streaming jazz, blues, rockabilly, and other styles. On New Year's Eve, there's also usually a large outdoor concert, featuring some serious headliners, which ends at midnight with the big bang.
Overton Square New Year’s Bash is another party location in Memphis. The Square is perfectly family-friendly during the day with plenty of kids' entertainment planned. During the night, Overton Square is overtaken by party crowds coming out from places like Paula & Raiford's Disco, Lafayette's Music Room, Rumba Room, and B.B. King's Blues Club. Many theaters also turn into dance hall lounges for New Year's Eve. Luxury hotels, like The Peabody Memphis, hold their own gala nights with live R&B and pop music as well as DJ sets.