Last Day of 2008!

December 31, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Whether you've got fancy plans for New Year's Eve, or you're just going to kick back and watch the ball drop on TV, this is it; the last day of 2008. Before the countdown and the ton of confetti flutters, the earth completed its orbit around the sun, and from above, this wish from the international space station. "At the dawn of a new year Sandy, Yury and I would like to wish everyone on beautiful planet earth a happy New Year," said Mike Fincke, Commander of the International Space Station.

Back on earth, New York City, is preparing for one of the biggest New Year's Eve bashes. The "9" for the next year arrived, so did the ball, decked out in Waterford crystals, and 32,000 energy efficient light bulbs.

Tom Tompkins, president, Times Square Alliance said, "Times Square is also about the newest and the best and the greatest cutting edge technology."

There's also tradition, Times Square is estimated to be packed with up to a million party goers. Dozens are already there practicing their puckers. Then there's "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest", broadcast live on ABC. "You're a fan, you're part of the audience, so you're used to watching it," said Seacrest.

Rockstars from the entertainment and political world are slated to be in the heart of Manhattan. Bill and Hillary Clinton are expected to help New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ring in the new year.

Of course security will be tight: no bags, no alcohol, and barricades. Meaning you're in for the night. Not everyone is partying like its 2009.

This year the City of Reno, Nevada won't set off fireworks. The mayor cancelled this Year's New Year's Eve celebration citing the bad economy, and the thousands who have lost their jobs.



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