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  • Writer's pictureChristina Hammoud

Miami | New Years




As a Miami native, New Year’s Eve always holds a special place in my heart. This year, my friends and I decided to spice things up a bit and embarked on a unique adventure: watching the fireworks from Bayside aboard a boat that departed from Miami Beach.

The night began with an electric atmosphere as we boarded the boat, surrounded by the buzz of anticipation and the shimmering lights of Miami Beach fading into the distance. The gentle rocking of the boat added a sense of excitement as we cruised towards our destination, eagerly awaiting the spectacular fireworks display that awaited us at Bayside.

As the clock struck twelve, the sky erupted in a dazzling array of colors and lights, reflecting off the tranquil waters below. It was a breathtaking sight that made us all pause and appreciate the beauty of our city and the promise of a new year ahead.

Of course, no New Year’s celebration would be complete without a little bubbly! We popped open bottles of champagne, toasting to new beginnings and cherished memories. Amidst the cheers and laughter, I couldn’t help but reflect on the traditions that make this night so meaningful.

One such tradition, close to my heart, is the Spanish custom of eating twelve grapes as the clock strikes midnight—one for each month of the coming year. With each grape, I silently made a wish, setting intentions for the months ahead and reflecting on the resolutions I had made earlier in the day.

A poignant moment came when I realized we were passing by the hospital where I was born, nestled along the Miami Beach skyline. It was a serendipitous reminder of how far I’ve come and the deep roots I have in this vibrant city.

As the festivities continued into the early hours, surrounded by friends old and new, I couldn’t help but feel grateful for the sense of community that permeates Miami’s New Year celebrations. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, there’s a palpable warmth and camaraderie that makes ringing in the new year here truly special.

Reflecting on this unforgettable night, I’m reminded of why I love Miami—the blend of tradition and excitement, the breathtaking views, and the opportunity to create lasting memories with those we hold dear. Here’s to another year of growth, laughter, and new adventures in the Magic City. Happy New Year, Miami—may your days be filled with sunshine and your nights with endless possibilities!

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