EDISON - Many people across the Garden State are getting ready to close out 2015.
Hundreds of New Jerseyans will head across the Hudson River to celebrate the new year in Times Square.
In anticipation of the crowds, New Jersey Transit has increased service of trains and buses into and out of New York. NJ Transit officials are warning riders that no open containers of alcohol will be permitted aboard buses, trains or light rail vehicles.
New Jersey residents who do not wish to experience the crowds of New York City will be staying closer to home. There will be many private celebrations happening in cities across the Garden State. Bars and restaurants are anticipating thousands of customers this year.
Police will be out in full force making sure everyone remains safe. Law enforcement officials want to remind New Jersey residents to drive sober this year. Revelers who have too much to drink should consider taking a taxi or getting a hotel room.
Those who have children or do not wish to partake in “adult activities” will be attending various “First Night” celebrations across the state. “First Night” was first celebrated in Boston in 1975. Many of the events feature music, art and other kid-friendly attractions. The celebration was created to avoid the emphasis on alcohol in New Year’s Eve celebrations.
News 12 New Jersey meteorologists say that New Year’s Eve’s weather should remain mostly clear with temperatures in the 40s. It should be perfect weather for ringing in 2016.