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Times Square's NYE Party Uses Confetti Strips With People's Wishes Written on Them

The small peices of confetti will carry people's dreams and hopes for 2024.

Published Dec 16, 2023

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Claim:
The confetti that drops in Times Square on New Year’s Eve bears people’s hopes and dreams, written or printed on each piece of paper. People can write these hopes and dreams on Post-it notes year round at the Times Square Visitor Center.
What's True

From Dec. 1, 2023, to Dec. 29, 2023, people can write their hopes and dreams on confetti at a Wishing Wall in Times Square — the same confetti that will shower down on Times Square on New Year's Eve. People can also submit entries digitally until Dec. 28, 2023. But ...

What's False

There is no year-round option to submit hopes and dreams on Post-it notes. The only way to submit them is during the month of December at a designated location or online.

If you have a hope or wish for 2024, it can be part of New York City's famous New Year's Eve Times Square celebration, albeit in a small way.

In early December 2023, organizers for the annual party started collecting submissions for the "Wishing Wall" — an initiative where anyone can share their wishes for the coming year, and then those messages will appear on confetti that drops over Times Square on New Year's Eve.

The Wishing Wall is an annual tradition. In 2022, however, a meme misleadingly claimed that a year-round visitor center wall would also allow people to share their hopes and dreams on Post-it notes that would be later used as part of the confetti drop on New Year's Eve. However, submissions are not accepted year round, contrary to the Pinterest post below:

The Wishing Wall can be found in Manhattan at the Times Square Plaza between 46th and 47th streets, and will be open every day of December except for Christmas Day, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., until Dec. 29, 2023. For people who cannot submit wishes in person, a digital option allows submissions through an online form until Dec. 28, on the Times Square website, or on the website of its sponsor, Planet Fitness. Digital wishes submitted after that date will be saved for next year's New Year's celebration.

According to the official website for Times Square:

Whether it's a personal goal, a dream for the future or doing something for the very first time, these wishes are added to over a ton of confetti that floats down at midnight onto the revelers gathered in Times Square in celebration of the new year. Be a part of this most magical night by making your wish in person through our mobile Wishing Wall on the plazas or by sharing your New Year's wish with us below or on Twitter and Instagram using #ConfettiWish. We will add it to the thousands of others released above Times Square at midnight on New Year's Eve for all the world to see!

According to one report in the New York Post, the Wishing Wall has appeared every December since 2007. Around 3,000 pounds of confetti reportedly will shower down on New Year's Eve to mark the beginning of 2023. The confetti showering has taken place in Times Square since 1992.

Falling confetti in Times Square on New Year's Eve does carry people's hopes and dreams, but there is no option to submit them via Post-it notes year round. As such, we rate this claim as "Mostly True."

Sources

“How Your Wishes Turn to Confetti for New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in Times Square.” ABC7 New York, 1 Dec. 2023, https://abc7ny.com/new-years-eve-confetti-times-square-wishing-wall/14127490/. Accessed 15 Dec. 2023.

"NYE Wishing Wall." 17 Mar. 2017, Times Square NYC. https://www.timessquarenyc.org/whats-happening/nye-wishing-wall. Accessed 13 Dec. 2022.

"Times Square Wishing Wall Filled with Pleas for End of COVID." 26 Dec. 2020, New York Post. https://nypost.com/2020/12/26/times-square-wishing-wall-filled-with-pleas-for-end-of-covid/. Accessed 13 Dec. 2022.

"Confetti Wishes." Planet Fitness, https://www.planetfitness.com/confettiwishes. Accessed 13 Dec. 2022.

Mestel, Spenser. "How to Dump 3,000 Pounds of Confetti on Times Square." The New York Times, 28 Dec. 2018. NYTimes.com, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/28/nyregion/how-to-dump-3000-pounds-of-confetti-on-times-square.html. Accessed 13 Dec. 2022.

"Times Square's 'Confetti Master' Drops His New Year's Secrets." ABC7 New York, 28 Dec. 2021, https://abc7ny.com/new-years-eve-confetti-party/11394845/. Accessed 13 Dec. 2022.

Nur Nasreen Ibrahim is a reporter with experience working in television, international news coverage, fact checking, and creative writing.