Dropping of the Times Square Ball is also a popular New Year's Eve tradition. Live feed of the ball being "dropped" on Times Square is seen by 1 billion people across the world, an estimated 100 million of them being from the United States. The ball, which is now in its sixth incarnation, is currently made by Waterford Crystal. The ball has been a New Year's Eve symbol since December 31, 1907. Since 2009, the ball remains year-round on the flagpole over One Times Square and is only lowered on New Year's Eve or removed for maintenance.
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