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Famously Hot NYE in Columbia implements clear bag policy

This is the ninth year for the Famously Hot New Year Celebration in downtown Columbia.
This is the ninth year for the Famously Hot New Year Celebration in downtown Columbia.(WIS Archive)
Published: Dec. 9, 2019 at 5:37 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - People heading to downtown Columbia for the Famously Hot New Year Celebration must adhere to some new rules to ring in 2020.

New this year, people can only carry a clear bag or small clutch.
New this year, people can only carry a clear bag or small clutch.(FHNY)

Legendary hip-hop group Salt-N-Pepa will headline the free, outdoor concert before a countdown and fireworks at midnight. The stage is set up at Gervais and Sumter streets in downtown Columbia, just one block from the state house.

Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and three groups will perform before Salt-N-Pepa takes the stage at 10:30 p.m. Alcohol sales end at 12:30 a.m. and gates close at 1 a.m.

New this year, guests can only carry small, clear bags or a clutch measuring no more than 4.5-inches by 6.5-inches.

Approved bags include:

  • Clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags that do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12" — a logo no larger than 4.5" x 3.4" can be displayed on one side of a permissible clear bag
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar)
  • Small clutch bags no larger than 4.5″ x 6.5″ — approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap
  • Medically necessary items (after proper inspection and tagging)

Prohibited bags include, but are not limited to:

  • Purses larger than a 4.5" x 6.5" clutch bag
  • Briefcases
  • Backpacks
  • Fanny packs
  • Diaper bags 
  • Cinch/Drawstring bags
  • Luggage of any kind
  • Computer bags
  • Binocular cases
  • Camera bags 

For information on parking, free transportation, street closures and other FAQs, click or tap here.

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