Today Is 2021 “Good Riddance Day” In Times Square

An annual tradition takes place today in New York City:

You’ll need to venture into Times Square for this event–but on December 28th (before the New Year’s Eve mob). That’s when Good Riddance Day is taking place between 12 and 1 pm.

Inspired by the Latin American New Year’s Eve tradition of stuffing dolls with objects that represent unpleasant memories and setting them ablaze, visitors get an opportunity to toss, shred and smash “any unpleasant, embarrassing, and downright unwanted memories from the past year” or anything you’d like to scrawl on an official Good Riddance Day form.

This cathartic event happens on the Broadway plaza between 45th and 46th streets, and it’s free.

Organizers will print and shred your bad memories of 2021 if you use the hashtag #GoodRiddanceDay on Twitter and Instagram.