2014 going out with a bang, or with a snore?
At J & J Party in Amherst, Casey Nivens is getting ready to spend New Year's Eve with friends home from college. (NANCY BEAN FOSTER/Union Leader Correspondent)
"New Year's Eve tends to be a last-minute thing for a lot of people," she said.
Amanda Wetherbee of Brookline said she normally goes to a party on New Year's Eve, but she hasn't made any plans yet.
"This year has just flown by," she said. "I wasn't even ready when Christmas came, so I have no idea what I'm doing on New Year's. We'll probably go to a party but we don't know yet."
"I'm an ER nurse and I volunteer to work every New Year's Eve," she said. "We're usually very busy on New Year's and I'd rather let the young group go out and have fun."
Lots of folks just want to stay home and relax on New Year's Eve, and maybe invite a few friends and family members over.
"We drink beer, watch the ball drop and go to bed," said Bill Liamos of Brookline. "We don't go out. New Year's Eve is amateur night."
Christy Ayer of Milford said she's decided to turn New Year's Eve into a surprise party for her husband who turns 40 on Jan. 3.
Out with a bang
There will be plenty of noise on New Year's Eve in some neighborhoods, though, as folks celebrate with fireworks come midnight. At Atlas Fireworks, Emily Pelkey said there are lots of people stopping by to pick up everything from sparklers and poppers to aerial fireworks that shoot dramatic sparks up to 120 feet into the sky.
One of the most popular displays sold at Atlas for New Year's is the Festival of Fireworks, which Pelkey said offers, "a big show that's very colorful and has a lot of action all at once."
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