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12/28/2013 8:19 PM

12/31/2014 7:31 PM

Whether it’s exercising more or managing money better, many revelers’ New Year’s Eve resolutions will be broadcast on a large LED screen Tuesday in front of thousands of Columbia residents and tourists.

The screen will stream resolutions that have been tweeted with the hashtag #FHNYResolution at the third annual Famously Hot New Year’s Eve celebration in downtown Columbia that night.

Sam Johnson, special assistant to the mayor and co-chair of the event, recently tweeted that his 2014 New Year’s resolution is to respond to all text messages and voicemails within a two-day period.

“I don’t know if that’s a realistic one, though,” he said later.

The goal of Famously Hot New Year is to “really create the Times Square of the South,” Johnson said.

The event began as a brainchild of Mayor Steve Benjamin to showcase all Columbia has to offer, said Clare Morris, spokesperson for the event.

In its first two years, the party has attracted a combined 45,000 people to Main Street.

The event, held at Main and Gervais streets, aims to draw a multigenerational crowd, including college students, their parents and maybe even their grandparents, Morris said.

Morris said organizers have been promoting the event to colleges outside of Columbia but around the state, including Francis Marion University and South Carolina State University.

The hosts of the evening will be WACH Fox anchor Tyler Ryan and former Miss Black South Carolina Pasha Franklin.

An exciting part of the event is that it is free for those who want to attend, Morris said.

However, there are also VIP tickets on sale for $125.

The tickets provide access to the VIP Absolut Lounge in the lobby of the Capitol Center, at Gervais and Assembly streets. Access includes an indoor party area, indoor restrooms, an open bar and dedicated parking.

And the party definitely has fireworks that will light up the sky behind the State House.

Justin Pruett is in charge of the display and said it’s one of the biggest in the Carolinas on the holiday.

“I feel pretty confidently that it will be the most thrilling and intense show on New Year’s Eve,” Pruett said.


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