Grand Rapids Rings in 2012 With Ball Drop

The New Year’s Eve ball drop lit up the night sky above Grand Rapids’ Rosa Parks Circle.

Thousands of people showed up t o the 2012 Hot New Year’s Eve Party, on Monroe Avenue.

Organizers say they changed the venue in order to accommodate more people. The ice rink was in use this year.

"It's cold it's Michigan, but everybody loves it. We're all having a good time,” said Private First Class Dylan Miller. Miller, who’s a United States Marine, is back at home visiting his family.

Packed streets had one person calling downtown ‘a mini-New York.’ The ball hanging hundreds of feet in the air set the celebration over the top. Promoter Marcus Bradman, with Cumulus Media, says the ball has 672 light bulbs.

People from all walks of life came to see the display. When it drops, many have resolved to change certain things for the better.

Some opted to lose weight and get in shape. PFC Miller says he plans to “serve the country the best I can."

"My resolution is to quit smoking actually. So I don't know how that's going to work out. Hey, but I'll give it a try," says Mohammed from London.

A number of live acts took the stage leading up to the ball drop. 105.3 HotFM and Fifth Third Bank served as sponsors for this year’s event.