CLEVELAND - It is still months away, but if you do not have plans to ring in the New Year yet, you may want to make plans to come to downtown Cleveland.
For the first time, people can ring in the New Year on Public Square on Dec. 31.
The event is called Cleveland Rocks New Year's Eve Celebration and it was announced Tuesday on the steps of Cleveland City Hall by the Ohio Homecoming group and city and county officials.
The celebration will feature live entertainment, special guests, fireworks, food trucks and, of course, a countdown to the new year.
The event has been years in the making, said Ohio Homecoming Managing Partner Alonzo Mitchell.
"Cleveland Rocks New Year's Eve Celebration is a five-year culmination of all the hard work and determination of a core group of young professionals who still love and live in Cleveland. No longer can Cleveland be a bystander while every other city in the country celebrates New Year's Eve. We've got to get off the bench," said Mitchell.
Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald said the county was happy to partner with the city and Ohio Homecoming for the event and he said he looks forward to a "great celebration."
The free event will also feature a beer garden and a live ice sculpting show as part of the fun.
"This event is just another example of how we want to showcase Cleveland," Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said Tuesday.
Hoping to find a reason to bring out his food truck, FiredUpTacos, Brian Finks thinks using the social media appeal that comes with the food truck vendor-following will help bring people downtown.
"We've got over 3000 followers, we hit them, they will come down to an event. That's the great thing about the food truck business, with the social media at our finger tips we really get the word out, " said Finks.
John Lewis and his band High Horse found themselves playing another gig in the Northwest park on Public Square. The Downtown Cleveland Alliance had asked them back after many successful gigs there all summer. A lunch crowd filled the lawn to watch the classic rock band.
While food trucks are going to be asked to help feed a hungry New Year's Eve crowd, bands like High Horse and special music guests to be announced will be there to entertain crowds filling the square.
"This is a rockin' town, you know? Look at them...the home of rock and roll," said Lewis.
For information on Ohio Homecoming's plans go to: http://ohiohomecoming.com
For information on High Horse go to: www.highhorserocks.com
For information on Fired Up Tacos go to: www.fireduptacotruck.com or find them on Facebook at: FiredUpTacoTruck or Twitter @FiredUpTacos
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