Things to Do New Year's Day in Louisville, Kentucky

After the parties of New Year's Eve, many have off on New Year's Day. Public schools are closed and businesses frequently grant workers the holiday. If you stayed late at a New Year's Eve party, you may want to sleep in, but if you are looking to get out of the house, here are 10 ways to enjoy the first day of the year.

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Visit the Frasier History Museum

Frazier Museum in Louisville, KY
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829 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202, USA
Phone +1 502-753-5663

The museum opens at 10 a.m. on New Year's Day. The permanent collection of swords and armor is worth a trip in itself and there is usually a special exhibition to peruse, too.

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Celebrate at the Kentucky Science Center

Kentucky Science Center

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727 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202-2681, USA
Phone +1 502-561-6100

With the Noon Year's Celebration, the Kentucky Science Center makes the New Year's Eve event list, too. The midday excitement takes place on both New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Kids love the excitement of a crowd complete with a balloon drop. It's a perfect family outing, especially for little ones.

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Visit Light Up Louisville

Christmas tree at Light Up Louisville
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569-599 US-60, Louisville, KY 40202, USA

Light Up Louisville at Fourth Street Live! has been a tradition for more than three decades. Thousands of residents and visitors check it out every year! The event typically begins the day after Thanksgiving and lasts throughout the holiday season. While the festivities kick off with the arrival of Santa Claus and the lighting of the tree, there are festivities past December, too.

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Take in a Movie

Couple in love hugging at cinema

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Interested in seeing a new release? Well, you are in luck. New Year's Day is a perfect time to catch a matinee. Louisville has plenty of movie theaters so there are titles for groups of friends, couples on a date, or even for those who prefer to catch a flick on their own.

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Get Some Fresh Air

Waterfront Park in Louisville, KY
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With spectacular public parks and tons of green space, Louisville is waiting to be explored. Dress for the cold and take in a nature walk, a leisurely stroll or a sporty hike. Depending on the weather, you might even be able to take the pedestrian bridge over the Ohio River.

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Make a Louisville Meal

Hot Brown Sandwich
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There are oodles of traditional New Year's foods... some eat greens because they resemble paper money and can bring wealth in the upcoming year. Similarly, beans are consumed as they look like coins.

Noodles are said to be a symbol of long life and pomegranates—loaded with seeds—is a symbol of prosperity. Use any of these ideas or make a New Year's food tradition of your own. For example, we live in the Bluegrass State, why not start the New Year with foods that taste like Kentucky? Think Benedictine sandwiches, Derby Pie, and Hot Browns. Yum!

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Shop for Sales

three young women holding shopping bags and laughing together

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Everyone loves to find a deal... start the New Year with a trip to the mall. With post-holiday sales in full swing, there is a good chance you can find some of your favorite discount items on discount. Although shopping online can be a relaxing treat, make a trip to a few shops in person. Invite a friend a tack on a lunch out, too.

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A List of Fun Things to Do New Year's Day in Louisville, Kentucky