What happened to 2014? It seems like just yesterday we were ringing in 2014 and now it is nearly time to the New Year. New Year’s Eve is a time to reflect on the past year and get excited for the wonders that the New Year will bring. Family and friends gather for small gatherings or attend larger events at hotels or outdoor venues. The Savannah area offers a variety of ways to celebrate the New Year from attending parties at hotels to ringing in the New Year with fireworks and thousands of your closest friends!
Savannah’s New Year’s Events
The biggest New Year’s celebration is on River Street in historic downtown Savannah. Join the thousands of people for festivities at Rousakis Riverfront Plaza including free entertainment and watching the “non-traditional 6 foot to-go cup” drop at midnight! Afterwards, there is a huge fireworks display over the Savannah River. City Market will be hosting an outdoor street party to ring in the New Year. The entertainment starts at 9pm and lasts until 1am. No tickets or reservations are needed. However, if you plan on celebrating at the restaurants in the area, you will need to make reservations. The Savannah River Cruises are also offering special packages to celebrate the New Year in style. Hotels and restaurants throughout the Louisville area are offering special events for New Year’s Eve. Get your reservations in now, so you won’t miss the events and activities.
Tybee Island rings in 2015 with a spectacular fireworks display set off from Tybee Pier. You can view the fireworks from the beach or any of the many beachfront restaurants. The next day, the 15th Annual Tybee Polar Bear Plunge takes place with proceeds going to the Tybee Post Theater. Dare to take a jump into the chilly Atlantic Ocean!
New Year’s Eve Safety Tips
If you are attending large New Year’s celebrations, even celebrating at a hotel or restaurant it is critical to keep an eye open to your surroundings and be safe. Below are a few safety tips that are important to follow for your New Year’s celebrations:
- Take a look around the room or the venue where you are attending the party. Does the building have a wide entrance and exit? Are the exits blocked by decorations such as Christmas trees or holiday displays?
- Attend large events with other people. Have a communication plan, emergency contact and a meeting place set up before the event just in case you are split up.
- Look out for possible fire sources such as candles burning, cigarettes or cigars burning, indoor fireworks, or other heat sources that could make you feel unsafe.
- Leave the fireworks displays to the professionals. Do NOT use consumer fireworks to shoot off on New Year’s Eve.
- If you choose to shoot off fireworks, be sure to follow proper safety precautions. Shoot off the fireworks in a clear field or open area with no overhead power lines. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby for emergencies. Do not re-light fireworks that did not light the first time.
- Do not let children near any fireworks that are left over. The fireworks could still be active and could go off injuring the child.
Stop N Stor wishes everyone a safe and Happy New Year! We look forward to being your source for all of your storage needs in Hinesville, Port Wentworth, and Savannah in 2015!
During the holiday season, people decorate their homes with candles, Christmas trees and indoor/outdoor lights. These decorations are great to look at, but they can also be a fire safety hazard to your home. According to the United States Fire Administration, one of every three home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical fire causing over $18 million in property damage a year. Christmas tree fires are not common, but when they do occur, they can be very dangerous. It is important to be fire safe when you are decorating your home for the holidays. Below are a few tips to keep your family and your home safe this holiday season:
- If you choose to have an artificial Christmas tree in your home, look for a fire resistant label that should be attached to the tree.
- Freshly cut Christmas trees are green, the needles are hard to pull off and the trunk is sticky with resin. Dried out trees are much more of a fire hazard than a fresh green tree.
- When setting up the tree, cut off at least two inches of the trunk to expose fresh wood for better water absorption. Place the live tree in a sturdy stand. Water the tree every day. The fresh tree stand should be filled with water the entire time that the tree is indoors.
- Do NOT place Christmas trees near heat sources such as fireplaces, radiators, heat vents, or other heat sources.
- When a tree starts to drop its needles, it means that it is drying out and that it is time to remove it from the home. Do not keep a dried out tree in a garage or against an outside wall of the home. Make sure that you know the Christmas tree recycling programs in your city.
- Before decorating your tree and inside your home, determine how many outlets are available in the room and where they are located. Plan your decoration and Christmas tree placement according to the outlets in the room.
- Check the light strands for broken or cracked sockets, frayed wires or loose connections before you trim the tree or hang the lights.
- Throw away damaged lights or repair them before use.
- The light wires should not be warm to the touch when in use.
- Use no more than 3 standard sets of lights per one extension cord for decoration on the tree or inside the home.
- Use LED lights, which use less energy and run cooler than traditional incandescent lights.
- Fire safety experts do not recommend using flame candles for holiday decorations. The experts recommend using battery-operated candles or LED lights in your home.
- If using flame candles, place them away from flammable items such as decorations, greenery, and wrapping paper.
- Do not place candle displays them on a table in a high traffic area where they could easily be knocked over.
- Never keep an open flame unattended. Always keep a burning candle within your sight.
- Extinguish the candles before leaving a room or home and going to bed.
- Never use candles to light up a Christmas tree.
Stop N Stor wants to help keep your family safe this holiday season. Once the holidays are over, you will need to store your holiday items somewhere. If you do not have the room in your home to store an artificial Christmas tree, holiday wreaths, outdoor decorations and holiday lights, think about storing your holiday decorations in a self storage unit.
Savannah is a great city to celebrate the holidays. The month of December is always a flurry of activities from concerts (for young and old) to attend, shopping to finish, holiday events to attend and taking the time to enjoy gatherings with family and friends. It is also a season of giving and helping out those in need.
Holiday Events in Savannah
Savannah has many special holiday events. The holiday season for Savannah kicked off on November 28th with the annual Boat Parade of Lights on the Savannah River hosted by the Savannah Harbor Foundation. The Savannah Festival of Lights opened on November 28th at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa. This year’s festival features a drive-through light show around Hutchinson Island Road Course, a Ferris wheel, a winter carnival, gingerbread village inside the hotel, and much more! This coming weekend, celebrate the holidays on historic River Street. Rousakis Plaza will be hosting local artists and entertainment all weekend. The Savannah Lighted Christmas Parade, kicking off at 5:30pm, will travel from West River Street through downtown and end at Ellis Square. Tybee Island celebrates the holiday season with Tybee for the Holidays with family friendly fun for the entire holiday season including: the Tybee Christmas Parade on December 6th, Fort Pulaski Candle Lantern Tours on December 19th to 20th, Tybee Island Tour de Lights Bike Parade on December 20th, Tybee Floating Christmas Parade on December 21st, New Year’s Eve Fireworks and a Polar Plunge on New Year’s Day. The 40th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes in Downtown Savannah is December 12th and 13th. Tour wonderfully decorated private homes and gardens. To help to get in the winter and cold-weather mindset, head to the Savannah Civic Center for Skatefest at the Savannah Civic Center starting December 12th through January 3rd.
Helping Out During the Holidays
The holidays are a time of giving and receiving. This is also the time of year when people can be in the most need. For charitable organizations, both nationally and locally, the holidays are the biggest fund-raising time of year. There are many organizations in the Savannah area that are helping fulfill the need for food, toys and other items this holiday season by holding toy collections, food drives and donation contests. Many local companies, retail shops and businesses are still taking donations and collecting food to help out the local food pantries during the holiday season. A portion of the fees for Savannah Harbor of Lights Festival is donated to local charities including One Voice, West Broad Street YMCA, Give One Glove, The Living Vine and many more. The Savannah Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia is the Savannah area’s food bank. Savannah’s Second Harvest has a yearly holiday food drive called “Feed It Forward” as well as other events throughout the year to donate to the organization. Savannah Feed the Hungry Inc. hosts Christmas dinners during the holiday season in Savannah and Hinesville. Savannah Feed the Hungry will provide a hot meal to over 6000 needy families during these dinners. The event will also help families in need with extra help for toys for Christmas, free health screenings and clothing. There are also holiday giving campaigns supported and run by national organizations during the season. The bell ringer and red kettles for the Salvation Army has been a traditional sight for decades. The Marine Reserves are in charge of collecting new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots The Savannah area drop off points for Toys for Tots will be collecting toys through mid-December.
The holidays are time for family and friends to gather to enjoy the traditions of the season, enjoy the great outdoor holiday activities, and enjoy each other’s company. Stop N Stor wishes all of their customers, vendors, family and friends all the best this holiday season.