People watch fireworks explode above the South Carolina State House on Jan. 1, 2014.
Columbia, SC (WLTX) - It's 2014!
Americans rang in the new year early Wednesday morning with the traditional celebrations filled with merriment. In New York City, the traditional ball drop in Times Square drew millions of revelers to Manhattan.
Here in Columbia, the city hosted its annual Famously Hot New Year's celebration on Main Street right in front of the State House. For hours, thousands packed the area and ate food and drank. R&B band Kool & the Gang headlined the entertainment for the event.
The night ended with a fireworks display over the State House.
This was the third year of Columbia New Year's celebration.