Florence New Year's Eve street party

Florence New Year's Eve street party

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - Downtown Florence has been preparing for their first ever New Year's Eve street party tonight. The city has been working with downtown development since the summer to put on the event.

Dargan and Evans street is where it's all taking place.The four restaurants along restaurant row and Victors are sponsoring the event. For only fifteen dollars you can enjoy the live band, a champagne toast at midnight and party favors. Restaurant staff and crews were setting up all day.  Rain or shine, there are celebrating the new year tonight.

Rachel Dill, Sales and Marketing Director with Victors is in charge of making it all happen. She says, "You know twenty years ago you didn’t come downtown, it was a little scary and so now Florence downtown development has done so much to build it up. People have gotten used to coming down here for festivals and this is an excuse for people who haven’t been down here to come down and see what we have to offer.”

Wolly Smokin is one of those restaurants with big plans. Bill Travis, Wholly Smokin Owner is happy to be a apart of the inaugural New Year's party. "We're excited I think the timing is perfect to be downtown, I think things are only going to get bigger and bigger each year and its exciting it's the first time downtown Florence has had a big new year's celebration, kind of like being in New York and the Big Apple, but for Florence its going to be a big deal, so we're proud of it," says Travis.

No need to worry. Florence is bringing Times Square live to downtown. They will project the ball drop in the Renaissance courtyard on a big screen for everyone to toast champagne with. For dinner all the menus have special items tonight, and Wholly Smokin has even more. Travis says, "We're also having a breakfast afterward so if you've been overserved by anyone you can stay and eat some bacon and eggs and grits and homemade biscuits. We are looking for a lot of people downtown. We've got two bands, party favors, I mean everything you need to celebrate the new year so we're excited to be a part of this."

It's not a street party without games. The James Allen Plaza will have a corn hole tournament at midnight, basketball and football games, and put put golf.

"We're really excited, this is going to everyone an opportunity to get involved, bring people who haven't been to downtown before and they can experience everything. We have great restaurants, great businesses, boutiques, all kinds of fun stuff and this is a really good time to come down, enjoy the night, and ring in the new year," says Dill.

Wolly Smokin restaurant also has a VIP package available that includes their full special menu dinner and gets you a ride home to and from the event tonight.

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