BALTIMORE (WJZ) — In just hours, fireworks will fill the sky as we say farewell to 2019 and welcome a new year and a new decade.

The countdown is now on to 2020, and area residents said they’re ready for a fresh start.

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“I’m really excited,” said Lucy Hunt. “I think it’s going to be a good year.”

“It’s a new opportunity, a new excuse to renew and refresh everything,” said Alyse Talbott.

For more than four decades, the Inner Harbor has hosted a huge display on New Year’s Eve — this year’s event will have more than $36,000 worth of fireworks.

“There are over 1,000 shells for just our main body,” said pyrotechnician Aaron Troutman.


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But with the celebrations comes the dangers of drunk driving.

Officials say if you’re headed out to party, play it smart.

“Designate a sober driver in their party or … take a ride-sharing program or service such as Lyft or Uber,” said Ragina Ali with AAA Mid-Atlantic.

Whether you head to the harbor to watch the fireworks in-person or stay in and watch from home, it’s time to start planning those resolutions for 2020.

“I think just to be a better person all year round, to do things that will help me be the best person I can be,” Hunt said.

“Keep up good schoolwork, good friendships,” said Kalen Stockton.

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If you’d rather watch the fireworks from home, tune in to WJZ starting at 11 p.m. for our New Year’s special.

Kelsey Kushner