When the clock strikes midnight, downtown Kokomo is the place to ring in the new year.  

The Greater Kokomo Downtown Association invites residents, guests and families to celebrate the closing of another year on the Courthouse Square on New Year’s Eve. The annual event will be 10:30 p.m. to midnight and will feature the annual ball drop and fireworks.

Some downtown establishments will be open to provide food, beverages and entertainment for revelers, but the celebration officially begins at 10:30 p.m. with a music and light stage show.

“We encourage people to make a plan to gather early at one of our downtown establishments and then celebrate the new year with their friends and watch the ball drop on the square,” said Susan Alexander, manager of the Greater Kokomo Downtown Association.

At 11 p.m., Kokomo High School’s TechnoKats Robotics Team will light the 32,000-bulb ball, which can display more than 4,000 colors and is powered completely by solar energy. Kokomo-based clean energy company Green Alternatives Inc. will supply the solar energy collection that will power the lighted ball. At 11:59 p.m., the ball will begin its descent – and, after a countdown into the New Year, guests will be treated to a fireworks display from the Howard County Courthouse roof.

Sponsored by the Greater Kokomo Downtown Association, the festivities will be centered at the corner of Sycamore and Main streets. Revelers are encouraged to wear a festive, funny, glamorous or crazy party hat.

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