City of Fort Lauderdale - New Year's Eve Downtown Countdown
City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Venice of America

Fort Lauderdale Orange Bowl Downtown Countdown

Downtown Fort Lauderdale is Ready to Ring in the New Year
Tuesday • December 31, 2013 • 4:30 p.m. - 3:00 a.m.
S.W. 2nd Street between S.W. 2nd and S.W. 5th Avenues

Downtown Countdown poster

The City of Fort Lauderdale is gearing up for its annual premier New Year’s Eve celebration “Fort Lauderdale Orange Bowl Downtown Countdown.” Touted as one of the largest New Year’s Eve celebrations in Florida, this year’s free street festival is full of fun and excitement for both children and adults. Revelers will crowd downtown Fort Lauderdale along S.W. 2nd Street between S.W. 2nd Avenue and S.W. 5th Avenue to wait with anticipation for the lighted ball to drop at midnight.

Road closures map

The spectacular celebration features a variety of activities for the whole family from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. including bounce houses/inflatables, face painting, games, contests, and dancing with the DJ. Kids can enjoy the early ball lighting and countdown at 7:00 p.m. Adults can enjoy live music on the main stage from 8:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. For more information, please call (954) 828-5363.

Parking map

Road Closures

Beginning Tuesday, December 31 at 7 a.m., the following traffic restrictions will be in place:

  • SW 2 Street will be closed from SW 7 Avenue east to SW 1 Avenue
  • Eastbound SW 2 Street from SW 7 Avenue to SW 5 Avenue will be restricted to Broward Center for the Performing Arts employees and VIP/Valet customers only with no parking garage access
  • SW 2 Avenue will be closed south of Broward Boulevard
  • Access to SW 3 and SW 4 Avenues south of Broward Boulevard will be restricted to residents who live in the area and employees of businesses on those streets
  • SW 5 Avenue will be closed south of the parking garage entrance

Roads will reopen at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, January 1. For more information, call (954) 828-5363.

Taxi stands and road closures map

Sun Trolley

The Sun Trolley Las Olas Route will be running from noon on December 31 until 2:00 am New Year's Morning.

The usual fares will apply. Due to road closures, there could be some delays.

For more information and to get the Sun Trolley Tracker mobile app, go to, or find them on Facebook.

Photos from Previous Years