4. There Have Been 7 Different New Year’s Eve Balls

New Year's Eve ball dropThe current ball is very different from the 1907 original

The Times Square ball has changed drastically since its 1907 debut. The original ball was just 700 pounds, had a five-foot diameter, and was covered in 100 twenty-five watt light bulbs. It was constructed out of iron and wood. In 1920, a new ball was made entirely out of wrought iron replaced the original. A lightweight version made of aluminum came in 1955 and was used through the 1980s when the ball was decked out in red bulbs and given a green stem to look like an apple.

A few more different balls were used throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. The current ball was first used in 2009. Today, the ball weighs 11,875 pounds, has a 12-foot diameter, is covered in 2,688 Waterford crystals, and is lit up by Philips Luxeon LED lights. Learn more about each of Times Square’s New Year’s Eve balls here!