It's already 2011 on the other side of the International Date line...
Fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House during a pyrotechnic show to celebrate the New Year January 1, 2011.
Rose Parade Kicks off Reagan Centenary Celebrations
Thanks to Always on Watch for alerting me to the first ever presidential float in the Rose Parade scheduled for New Year's Day. A float showing great moments in Ronald Reagan's history will be among those in the parade. Carol's Blog has a video with the artist explaining how the images on the float were constructed using onion and poppy seeds and rice. There's even a replica of the statue of Reagan which stands in the U.S. Capitol made out of flax seeds (photo).
Cast your vote for the Reagan float on parade day by visiting here. It's float number 52.
A Yearlong Reagan Remembrance
The float kicks off a yearlong celebration of Reagan's life to mark the one hundredth anniversary of his birth on Feb. 6, 1911. The Reagan Library in California will be hosting a series of events. If you plan to visit Washington, DC in 2011, stop by the National Archives for their special exhibit which includes many rare artifacts from Reagan's Presidency.
For those not traveling to either destination, other events will be announced across the country. Or you can visit the Reagan archives online and browse through the photo collections for a walk down memory lane.
In 2006, readers here contributed their own Reagan remembrances to mark the 25th anniversary of his first inauguration as President of the United States. Page down the January 2006 archives past the half way point to view. My own personal recollections of Reagan, including a newspaper article I published shortly after his death describing my experiences in Reagan's White House is here.