We stayed at a hotel about 4 blocks down from the pier. We walked over to the fireworks on New Year's Eve at about 11:30 pm. It was crowded and the area around the pier was under construction. I wish that i would have scoped out the area more thoroughly and or recognized that there were buses running so we would probably have not had to fight the considerable crowd. There were lots of police officers around providing guidance and a feeling of security. The fireworks themselves lasted about 15 -20 minutes .
We had originally thought to view the fireworks from our hotel room but I am not sure that any hotel would have provided a good view. Perhaps the W Hotel or one down on south Michigan(tho sort of distant). Certainly not the Embassy Suites.
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