The Market Common’s hit New Year’s Eve bash…A Southern Times Square…rang in 2017 with an estimated 9,000 people in attendance! This 4th annual event has grown by leaps and bounds, and this year was the most well attended celebration thus far. The 2015 celebration was a wet one with rain showers the entire evening. An estimated 5,000 people attended last year’s event. The 2014 celebration was clear and cold and an estimated 7,000 people attended that event. The crowd of 9,000 this year was definitely the best yet!
The street festival featured 2 stages with 2 bands, Painted Man and PaperWork, as well as a beer/wine garden, food and entertainment vendors, a kid’s area with bouncy houses and games, The Market Common’s own lighted ball drop, a jumbo screen showing all the Times Square action, and a fantastic fireworks finale. Painted Man got rave reviews and had the crowd dancing all night long.
Vendors ranged from kettle cooked popcorn to funnel cakes, pies, and even chocolate covered bacon!
Parents loved that there was entertainment for the kids, too. The Kid’s Area had complimentary bouncy houses and carnival games and kid friendly vendors were on site selling neon items. Complimentary face painting and glitter tattoos were also available. As you strolled around the event, many party-goers found the human statues posing for hours on end with no movement! The human statues were courtesy of Stage Left Theatre Company, a fabulous live theatre venue located right here at The Market Common.
Some guests chose to spend the evening catching up on all the Times Square action on our jumbo screen, and others counted down to midnight with The Market Common’s very own lighted mirror ball drop. The mirror ball is decked out with 96 strobe lights that sparkled brightly as the ball dropped and the crowd counted down to midnight. At midnight, you could hear the tunes of Auld Lang Syne, while the grandest fireworks show in all of Myrtle Beach lit up the sky. The fantastic fireworks finale is a must-see show in itself, lasting a total of 18 minutes and featuring a spectacular finale that had your heart racing along with the booms and claps in the sky. Market Common residents reveled in the celebratory atmosphere from their balconies looking down on the crowded streets of The Market Common.
Aside from a small sprinkle of rain between 8-9pm, the weather was very pleasant. Party-goers flocked to Myrtle Beach from both from out-of-state and all across the Palmetto State. Thank you to all who attended!