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On Wednesday, December 31st, 2014, the USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier in Mount Pleasant, SC will not be occupied with the usual wanderers exploring a decommissioned ship. Instead, the venue will be transformed into the third annual Yorktown Countdown, Charleston’s largest New Year’s Celebration. Charleston’s premier aircraft carrier ball drop party will provide two admission level options, great music, premium spirits, special appearances and entertainment, with magnificent views for the holiday festivities.


From 9:00 PM until 1:00 AM, guests of this exclusive Charleston New Years Eve party will see live bands and DJ’s from all genres imaginable, including funk, rock, dance, and Top 40 Billboard hits.

Headlining bands and DJs to be announced soon.


The USS Yorktown is one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during WWII for the US Navy. She was named after the Battle of Yorktown of the American Revolutionary War. The Yorktown was commissioned in April 1943 and participated in several campaigns in the Pacific Theater of Operations, earning 11 battle stars and the Presidential Unit Citation. Later in her career, she served as a recovery ship for the Apollo 8 space mission and was used in the movie Tora! Tora! Tora! which recreated the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Finally, she was decommissioned in 1970 and became a museum ship in 1975 at Patriot’s Point, (in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina). She is now a national historic landmark and once a year is transformed into the venue for Charleston’s premier New Years Eve event.


First Aboard (General Admission) and Captain (VIP) tickets are available for purchase offering different amenities and access levels aboard the carrier. First Aboard tickets start at $99.00 per person and include an all-inclusive full service bar and access to the indoor airplane hangar as well as access the outdoor fantail area (on the same level). Captain tickets start at $149.00 per person and give patrons the complete Yorktown Countdown experience offering everything under First Aboard, plus access to the Yorktown’s rooftop flight deck (which will be tented and heated), a top-shelf all-inclusive bar, top-rated dj performances, large-screen ball drop at midnight, and much more.