Let’s face it; this hasn’t exactly been the greatest year in Detroit’s 300-year history. The city has become the largest ever to declare bankruptcy, our former mayor was sentenced to 28 years in federal prison and our Detroit Tigers just missed playing in the World Series. But the people of the Motor City are nothing if they are not resilient. And this year, we’re going to say goodbye to 2013 and welcome in 2014 with style and fun.
Here are some of Motown’s best New Year’s Eve parties to choose from.
Detroit Princess 9th Annual New Year’s Eve Cruise
Detroit Princess Riverboat
1 Civic Center Drive
Detroit, MI 48226
For its ninth year in a row, the Detroit Princess Riverboat will host its annual “Rock the Boat” New Year’s Eve Celebration to help Detroiters ring in the coming new year. This year, the party will take place on two separate decks aboard the ship, including a Motown-themed decked and a DJ deck with plenty of live party music. For $65, you get a complete gourmet dinner, a cruise that will sail down the Detroit River in full view of the skyline and an open cash bar.
Motor City NYE “The Drop” 2014
156 Monroe St.
Detroit, MI 48226
As Detroit evolves, four different companies have come together to celebrate the city’s ever-changing landscape and to welcome in the new year with an incredible party unlike any other in the Motor City. With the help of DJ Tom and DJ Bruce Bailey, Detroit will be alive with electric techno music (Detroit being the birthplace of techno music) and great food and drinks will be all around to help you and your friends celebrate in this unique and upscale setting in the heart of Motown.
Detroit Riverwalk at the GM Renaissance Center
Detroit, MI 48243
If huge, grandiose parties aren’t your thing and you’re more into the splendor and awe of one of America’s best and brightest fireworks shows, Detroit is home to one of the country’s most impressive fireworks displays in the Midwest. With Windsor, Canada right across the river and the Detroit skyline just behind you, patrons are able to see the most intricate and exciting light show around. Best of all, the price to walk along the river and enjoy the spectacle is absolutely free!
Detroit NYE 2014 Resolution Ball
The Fillmore Detroit
2115 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
Billed as “Metro Detroit’s Largest & Most Exclusive Annual New Year’s Eve Party,” The Fillmore in downtown Detroit is known for throwing some of the most memorable parties each and every New Year’s Eve, and 2013 isn’t going to be a disappointment. Ticket prices range between $75-$100 and include drinks, live music entertainment and a midnight buffet with all sorts of pizza, sliders and coney dogs to snack on. This party looks to draw the upper-scale among the 20s and 30s crowd and boasts itself as the best party on NYE in the Midwest.
Weber’s Classic New Year’s Eve Hockey Getaway
Weber’s Restaurant and Boutique Hotel
3050 Jackson Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
If you’re looking to have a great time this New Year’s Eve, but don’t want to miss the incredible and historic Detroit Red Wings game at The Big House in Ann Arbor against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Weber’s Restaurant and Boutique Hotel has an incredible deal for you. Weber’s is offering a two-night classic hotel package with a festive night of partying for New Year’s Eve, followed by a great hockey game in the largest setting imaginable: Michigan Stadium! This celebration of hockey in the outdoors, fun times and New Year’s Eve includes the Weber’s famous New Year’s Eve dinner party package customized for Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs fans. Tickets start at $950 per couple, but are all-inclusive and offer some incredible deals. Check out more at the website.
Michael Ferro is freelance writer and a graduate of Michigan State University where he majored in Creative Writing and received the Jim Cash Creative Writing Award. Born and bred in Detroit, he currently resides in Ypsilanti Township. Additional writing can be found at Examiner.com.