New Year’s Eve is the one time of the year when everyone can come together to reminisce about the past 365 days and celebrate the start of a new year ahead. It’s a time to be shared with family, friends and community over food, fun — and *of course* loads of fireworks.

Columbia, S.C rings in the new year with a bang (literally) at the annual Famously Hot New Year celebration — S.C.’s largest NYE party.

What does FHNY entail? Think live music from an international headliner, local food vendors, beer and bubbly, the biggest NYE fireworks show in S.C. and more. Oh yeah, and it’s free. If that isn’t enough to make you eager to join in the fun at FHNY, here are seven can’t-miss moments at S.C.’s free party of the year.  

Dance along to Elle King’s hit songs

Dance the night away to “Ex’s and Oh’s,” “America’s Sweetheart” and more of two-time GRAMMY nominated singer Elle King’s hits. Singer-songwriter, guitarist, bassist and banjoist Elle King’s sound is a unique assemblage of rock, blues, soul and country. A musical force to be reckoned with, King will bring the party to Columbia’s Main Street, headlining Famously Hot New Year with a free, full-length outdoor concert (cue happy dance.) 

Elle King

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Jam out with a night-long lineup of entertainment acts

FHNY boasts a full lineup of musical entertainment starting at 7 p.m. through midnight and into the New Year. Charleston-based alternative/indie pop rock band SondorBlue will kick off the celebration, followed by the local godfather of hip-hop, FatRat Da Czar. Next up, American alternative Southern rap quartet Nappy Roots will take the stage to pump up tens of thousands of guests in downtown Columbia, S.C. Jam out to their classic hit singles “Po’ Folks” and “Good Day.” We bet you’ll be adding these artists and bands to your next party playlist.

Nappy Roots

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Ring in the New Year w/ tens of thousands of revelers

People from all over the state, country and even from around the world come together in #RealColumbiaSC to ring in the New Year at FHNY. Last year’s celebration brought a diverse crowd of ~24,000 people from 48 states and 11 countries. S.C.’s largest NYE party is full of smiling faces, cheering crowds and high spirits. 


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Snap Instagram-worthy shots of the largest NYE fireworks in SC

We all know that New Year’s Eve will find your Instagram feed filled with colorful photos of fireworks. Get your cameras ready for the biggest NYE fireworks display in the Palmetto State and conquer the NYE Insta game with a shot of famously hot fireworks glistening behind the historic South Carolina State House in downtown Columbia, S.C. Those Instagram likes will come pouring in. Bonus points for including #FHNY and #RealColumbiaSC in your post. 


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Spend the night with your friends & fam in a vibrant, festival atmosphere

Holidays are meant for spending time with family, friends and loved ones. Take your NYE celebrations to the next level — gather your crew in vibrant, downtown Columbia, SC. With live entertainment, artists, buskers & street performers, the streets at FHNY come alive with a fun, festival feel. There’s an array of food from local vendors sure to please all taste buds, plus beer, wine and bubbly to top it all off with a, “cheers!” A festival atmosphere in the heart of a bustling Southern city is an epic combo for you and your loved ones on NYE. 


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Midnight countdown with community leaders led by Mayor Steve Benjamin

After a night of celebrating the passing of one year and the arrival of another, count down the seconds to 2018 surrounded by your crew, tens of thousands of revelers and Mayor Steve Benjamin. At the stroke of midnight, you’ll be treated to the biggest NYE fireworks show in S.C. 


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Enjoy a long weekend in #RealColumbiaSC

Discover the unexpected, urban South via a long weekend in Columbia, S.C. – where tradition and tomorrow pair perfectly. Bounce around the city’s distinct and walkable shopping districts as you soak in charming boutiques, the arts, plus casual and fine dining. From Soda City market on Main Street to Motor Supply Co. Bistro’s specialty cocktails, quality bites and sips are never too far away. Cruise over to Main Street to catch a film at the Nickelodeon or grab imaginative tacos at Cantina 76 before catching a tour of the State House. Peruse shops for local finds or go antiquing around State Street. Find the perfect outfit for #FHNY while shopping in the Five Points district or get your sweat on while walking or running down the West Columbia Riverwalk. Cap off your weekend (and your year) with the free, Famously Hot New Year celebration in downtown Columbia, S.C.!


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