GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — With the return of the New Year’s Eve ball drop in downtown Grand Rapids comes street closures.
Grand Rapids city officials announced the closure of Monroe Avenue NW from Michigan to Lyon streets around 9 a.m. Tuesday ahead of the New Year’s Eve festivities. The roadway will remain closed until the celebration on Monroe Avenue in front of DeVos Place ends during the early morning hours of Jan. 1.
“We really are in the center of it all and I think it’s going to be amazing for people on the highway that will be looking over, saying, ‘What’s going on down there in downtown Grand Rapids?'” event organizer Kristen Aidif said. “It’s the Grand Rapids ball drop.”
It has been years since downtown hosted a ball drop.
Townsquare Media and other sponsors are putting on the event. There will be five performances; four drink tents serving beer, wine, cocktails and champagne; food trucks; fireworks and a ball drop. The first tent was already up Monday afternoon.
>>PDF: Event map
The event space opens to the public at 4 p.m. Tuesday. General admission to the event is free, but you need a ticket that you can pick up at one of several shops around Grand Rapids. VIP tickets are $65.