The news has just come in that, after 114 years of iconic celebrations, New York's Times Square will be banning crowds on New Year's Eve.
Keep scrolling for all the details on the alternative they have planned...
It truly is the cherry on top of an awful year, isn't it?
via: GettyFor the first time in 114 years, there will be no crowd in Times Square to cheer the famed New Year’s Eve ball drop.
This year has been so darn awful.
via: GettyFirst up, January - A much simpler time for us all... Well, kind of.
Tensions between the United States and Iran reached an all-time peak.
via: GettyAfter a US drone strike killed off Army General, Qasem Soleimani, on January 3rd, we were all left fearing for our lives as Iran promised to "make America pay" for their reckless actions. It was rather frightening.
And then came the dreaded Impeachment of Donald Trump.
via: GettyThat whole fiasco lasted a few weeks before it died down the following month.
And on the opposite side of the world, wild bushfires were destroying an entire country.
via: GettyThousands of acres of land, as well as millions of animals, were burned in the process.
But while all this was taking place we were unaware of a mysterious disease brewing in China.
via: GettyBut the world went about its day like it wasn't happening.
Now onto February.
via: GettyThe first week of February saw Donald Trump acquitted of all of his alleged crimes but that's as good as news gets... If you can even call that good news.
Because right after that basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter died in a tragic helicopter accident.
via: GettyThe news of the horrific accident sent shockwaves across the world as people mourned all the victims' deaths. As well as the Bryants, 7 others lost their lives.
And finally, the word "coronavirus" started spreading as fast as the actual disease...
via: GettyBut it still remained pretty hush-hush until next month.
Bring on March.
via: GettyNow here's where things really started kicking off.
The entire world went into mass hysteria because "some guy in China ate a bat."
via: GettyAs economies crashed and thousands of people lost their lives, this month was only a pinprick of what was yet to come for the rest of the year.
By the end of the month, our worst fears were confirmed:
via: GettyWe were in the midst of a global pandemic and it was here to stay.
via: GettyEven though most of the world was in lockdown, spring breakers continued to rally around on beaches, making them prime hot spots for spreading the disease. Not to mention far-right "activists" took to the streets to demand their freedom. Losers.
via: GettyNow, if you thought those 4 months prior were anything to go off, then what happened in May should not have come as a shock to you. There was a different kind of political unrest brewing and after the savage murder of Ahmaud Arbery, all hell broke loose and rightfully so.
Then came the death of Breonna Taylor who was shot 8 times while she was asleep.
via: Getty ImagesThis was closely followed by the brutal killing of George Floyd, a black man who was killed by a police officer who used his knee to restrain him.
The whole of the world lit up in anger, with many taking to the streets to protest against the treatment of black citizens.
via: GettyClashes between protestors and police officers saw multiple deaths across the country. Businesses were destroyed and hell became a place on earth. Racists were exposed, but most of them cried when they were called out. Talks about police reformation started. New training guidelines were in the process of starting and celebrities donated less than 5% of their overall wealth to the cause.
Oh, and I forgot to mention that Kim Jong-Un died...
via: GettyBut he didn't really. Next!
via: GettyIn this level of the terrifying 2020 game we're all stuck in, protests continued, with anger continuing to rage across the world. The United Kingdom, Germany, South Korea, were just a few countries on the list that had seen thousands of people take to the streets to fight against racial inequality.
But with the election only months away, Trump started his trial rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma only to have it hijacked by K-Pop stans.
via: Getty ImagesAlong with the notorious hacking faction Annonymous, K-Pop stans booked seats to Trump's rally and then didn't turn up. There were so many empty slots that I bet the president had flashbacks to his inauguration. Yeah, sad times.
Puerto Rico was being hit with multiple earthquakes and locusts were swarming the Middle-East...
via: GettyBut that only got 5 seconds in the headlines because who cares about the rest of the world, right?
Karens and Kens started finally getting called out for their s***.
The white St. Louis couple who became internationally famous for standing guard with guns outside their mansion dur… https://t.co/riaJ4jEpY3— NBC New York (@NBC New York)1593726303.0
And then came July.
via: GettyFirstly Russia was accused of putting bounties on US troops and then the Brits also found records that they were paying extremist groups to kill British troops too. What the f***?
But it doesn't matter because that's Trump's best friend, he'll stand by him until the end.
via: GettyOh and I forgot to mention, Trump's other bestie Elon Musk (and NASA) ended up sending 2 lucky guys into space to get away from all the crap happening down here.
On the topic of friends, Kanye West attended his first-ever rally to endorse himself as President...
via: GettyBut he ended up having a major mental health breakdown and admit he was going "to kill his own daughter". After that, he went off, ranting and raving around on Twitter about how his wife must have cheated on him and something about Shia LaBeouf.
August wasn't much better either.
via: GettyAn ammonium nitrate explosion hit Beruit in Lebanon and it completely devastated the city. Reports state that 100 people are dead while another 4,000 have been injured but that number is set to rise as more and more people are discovered amongst the rubble.
And, now we're in September...We've just been given more bad news.
The iconic Times Square new year's celebrations will officially be going virtual.
via: GettyIn the latest COVID-19-induced blow to New York traditions, officials have announced major changes to the annual event, saying that while the ball will still drop, the usual packed celebration will be a definite no-go.
Tim Tompkins, the president of the Times Square Alliance, said in a news release:
BREAKING: New Year's Eve in Times Square going largely virtual "... any opportunity to be live in Times Square wil… https://t.co/MkPWecXFqa— Steven Bognar (@Steven Bognar)1600881624.0
Yep, the ball drop is going virtual.
via: GettyTompkins told the New York Post that Times Square will be cordoned off from the general public by the NYPD and any event taking place inside the tourist hub will be for “broadcast purposes only." “There will be some socially distanced activities in Times Square but it’s going to be primarily for a broadcast and streaming audience," he added.
It is yet to be decided what live events will take place...
via: GettyBut we will be posting updates accordingly.