Ringing In The New Year Safely in Nashville

    New Years Nashville

    Whether you’re going out to downtown Nashville or staying in, New Year’s Eve is a holiday well known for extravagant parties and celebrations. If you’re heading into Nashville for the festivities, there will be no shortage of action on New Year’s Eve or the days leading up to it. Here are a few of the main events leading up to 2014:

    • 12-28 – Predators game
    • 12-29 – Titans game
    • 12-30 – The Music City Bowl 
    • 12-31 – The Music City Bash on Broadway with Hank Williams Jr. and more 

    You can learn more about upcoming events at VisitMusicCity.com. In an effort to promote another year of good health and cheer, here are some tips for ringing in the New Year safely in Nashville with your family and friends:

    Going Out?

    • Check for local Ride Sober programs
      • These are often free rides provided by the sheriff’s department
      • The 2013 Ride Sober list is not yet posted, but here is a list of 2012 New Year’s Eve Ride Sober options
    • Have a designated driver (even if you don’t plan on drinking too much)
    • Be aware of your surroundings at all times
    • Stick with friends
    • Keep your phone on you 
    • Don’t bring fireworks to the party/celebration/bar

    Throwing A Bash?

    • Provide a designated driver or have multiple cab service numbers available
    • Have plenty of non-alcoholic drinks on hand as options for guests
    • Take the keys away if someone seems too impaired to drive
    • Stop serving any alcoholic drinks a couple hours before the party ends

    Staying In?

    • Check doors, fences, gates, etc.
    • Don’t park in the street if possible
    • Keep pets inside (they often get spooked by the loud noises late at night)

    Nashville is generally a pretty safe city with plenty of taxis and other driving services available. Just being aware of these few tips can help make New Year’s Eve a night of hope, promise and prosperity!

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