Grand Rapids

While most of us are getting ready to prepare Thanksgiving dinner, city leaders in Grand Rapids are already thinking about New Years.

Monday afternoon they announced a first of it's kind celebration to take place outdoors, at Rosa Parks Circle downtown. They're calling it "New Years on the Grand." It'll be complete with a 400 pound ball filled with lights, dropping 25 stories downtown to ring in the new year.

The event will be hosted by Citadel Broadcasting who has partnered with the city and other sponsors. They're expecting close to 10,000 people to show up outside for the free celebration. A beer tent will open at 5:30, and the night will also include free entertainment. Country star Darryl Worely will perform along with the pop rock band called Plain White T's.

"It's a tough time, tough economy, everybody knows all about it. We want to put that aside for a while and want everyone to come down and have a good time, for free," said Steve Stewart of Citadel Broadcasting.