Countdown to Southern Times Square and how you can get a safe ride home

Countdown to Southern Times Square and how you can get a safe ride home

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Live bands, fireworks, and a live feed of Times Square on a jumbo screen, are all things you can expect to see if you head to Southern Times Square this year at the Market Common.

The Market Common is pulling out all the stops to keep Southern Times Square, growing and thriving in its third year. Last year, thousands of people packed the streets.

The event begins at 7 p.m., Thursday.

Revelers coming to ring in the new year will hear live bands playing for two different stages.

As the clock winds closer to midnight, a live feed of Times Square will play from a jumbotron right by the movie theater, where a mirror ball will also drop with the countdown at the Market Common.

A fireworks show will usher in 2016.

This event isn't just for adults, it's family friendly. There will be mimes, human statues, face painters, glitter tattoos and dancing in the streets! Plus inflatables and games.

You can also expect a beer garden, with food vendors.

If you want to sit down to eat, you can guarantee the restaurants will be open throughout the night.

Gordon Biersch management says New Years Eve has become the busiest night of the year.

"We start at 11 o clock and it's no stopping until about 2 o'clock in the morning," General Manager William Morris said.

It's important to note, for safety, large purses and backpacks will not be allowed so be sure to plan accordingly.

According to Market Common Management, the event will be held, rain or shine.

Free safe rides

It's no secret, New Years Eve is traditionally a night to party, but after the ball drops and the confetti flies, it's important if you've had a few drinks, to get home safe.

Diamond Cab, is offering you a way home, free of charge. It's called the Safe Ride Program.

Around nine o'clock, the taxi company will start taxiing those who resolve not to drink and drive.

The company anticipates hundreds of people will take advantage of the offer within just a few hours.

If you have a few drinks, and were planning to drive home, the idea is to give your keys to the bartender and have them call Diamond Cab.

The driver will come out and get you and your car key, then give you a free ride home. They'll take you to check your car to assure it is safe.

You get your key back at home, so you can get your car the next morning.

This program is a push to keep drunk drivers off the road, so everyone can stay safe.

For the owner, of Diamond Cab, his Safe Ride is personal.

"The owner actually started the program because he was struck by a drunk driver himself, and to this day, he still suffers various aches and pains because of it," Diamond Cab Driver Jushua Rauzi said. "He designed the program to hopefully keep anybody from going through the same thing that he went through."

Diamond Cab has been running the Safe Ride program for the last 16 years on major holidays.

Aside from New Years Eve, you can also call on drivers for a safe, free ride home on Super Bowl Sunday.

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