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Downtown Countdown Flyer

Our Orange Bowl Downtown Countdown is Fort Lauderdale's premier New Year's Eve celebration. This year's free street festival is full of fun and excitement for both children and adults. Revelers will crowd downtown Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday, December 31 from 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. along S.W. 2nd Street between S.W. 2nd and S.W. 5th Avenues to wait with anticipation for the midnight countdown. 

The midnight countdown will feature Fort Lauderdale's larger-than-life illuminated anchor. The anchor, which debuted in 2015, will descend down from 100 feet in the air above the event's main stage as the final seconds of 2019 tick down and we usher in the New Year. 

The anchor measures 20 feet high and 17 feet wide. It weighs more than 700 pounds and features close to 12,000 LED lights. It is made of a steel framework with a grey mesh covering and is illuminated with lights positioned inside the frame. The anchor's color-changing LED lights have a wide range of features and effects which will create a spectacular visual display for event-goers. 


Family Fun Zone | 4:30 - 8:30 PM | Esplanade Park (400 SW 2 Street)

4:30 - 8:30 p.m. Inflatables, face painting, DJ with music, games and contests

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Special appearance by OBIE, the Orange Bowl Mascot

7:00 - 7:30 p.m. Line dancing with DJ William Pennhouse

Plus, free caricatures drawn by a team of talented sketch artists! 

Kids Countdown | 7:00 PM | Main Stage (SW 2 Street and SW 5 Avenue)

Join us for an early countdown at 7:00 p.m. in front of the main stage at S.W. 2 Street and S.W. 5 Avenue. See all the kids celebrate as we illuminate the iconic anchor. Once the anchor is illuminated, it will remain on showcasing a variety of colors and effects until the countdown at midnight. 

Live Music and Entertainment | 7:45 PM - 1:00 AM | Main Stage (SW 2 Street and SW 5 Avenue)

7:45 - 9:00 p.m. - Big City Dogs

9:30 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. - Brass Evolution 


Beginning Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 7 a.m., the following traffic restrictions will be in place: (1) SW 2nd Street will be closed from SW 7th Avenue east to SW 1st Avenue; (2) SW 5th Avenue will be closed south of the parking garage entrance; (3) SW 2nd Avenue will be closed south of Broward Boulevard; (4) Access to SW 3rd and SW 4th Avenues south of Broward Boulevard will be restricted to residents who live in the area and employees of businesses on those streets. Roads will reopen at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 1. 


There will be two designated pick-up/drop-off areas for taxi cabs, Uber, and Lyft vehicles: (1) the 100 block of SW 5th Avenue; (2) SW 1st Avenue south of Broward Boulevard. Any other locations used for pick-up/ drop-off will be strictly prohibited and citations will be issued. The designated areas are for Broward County permitted taxi cabs, Uber and Lyft vehicles only. All other transportation services are prohibited.  


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