Revelers ring in 2020 in downtown Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids celebrated the arrival of 2020 with a ball drop and fireworks downtown.

It was the first time the city had a ball drop since 2015, part of a party hosted by Townsquare Media and others.

Tents and food trucks were set up along Monroe Avenue between Michigan and Lyons streets to serve food and drinks. Bands, including Puddle of Mudd and Pop Evil, played for the crowd.

Revelers who started arriving late Tuesday afternoon were hoping for some of the typical things in 2020, like happiness and financial success. One common resolution was to get in shape. Newlyweds Daniel and Mindy Brown said they were looking forward to tackling the new year together.

The Grand Rapids Police Department ramped up security to keep the crowd safe.

“We approximately have an entire shift of officers that’ll be working strictly the downtown area,” GRPD Sgt. John Wittkowski told News 8 Tuesday afternoon. “Grand Rapids is a safe city overall, relatively speaking, and downtown, with the private security that will also be staffing the area, citizens can come down here and be rest assured that they will be in a safe environment.”

Monroe Avenue was scheduled to be closed until 8 a.m. Wednesday to accommodate the party.

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Tents set up and the ball in place for the New Year’s Eve party in downtown Grand Rapids. (Dec. 31, 2019)


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