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Pretty much every health expert and elected official is saying you should ring in the new year by staying in tonight.

Of course, there are a handful of local spots trying to celebrate safely, which should be your top priority if you do make a stop before heading home to welcome 2021 since the alcohol stops flowing at 11 p.m.

But, from big events gone online to kooky local streaming variety shows, there are also a handful of folks around the state who are celebrating the calendar turn virtually.

Here are just a few:

Do you have a virtual NYE event tonight? Let us know:

Folly Beach Flip-Flop Drop: The annual Folly Beach celebration to count down the new year will go virtual this year, with a livestream version of the ceremonial flip-flop drop at midnight. Catch the action over on the City of Folly Beach Facebook.

Columbia’s Famously Hot New Year bash will be virtual this year as well. The streamed event will feature musical acts Arrested Development, Sister Hazel, Josh Roberts and the Hinges, SUSTO and (checks notes) a band called Hootie & the Blowfish. There will even be a virtual fireworks display. (Not sure what that is, but this is 2020, so we can make it happen!) Tune in at 10 p.m. on YouTube or if you’re in the Midlands, WLTX-TV.

Nameless Numberhead, featuring Vince Fabra: The local sketch comedy couple Maari Suorsa and Henry Riggs (aka Nameless Numberhead) and stand-up Vince Fabra, are gathering for a variant of the standard Numberhead streaming show, called Vince Fabra’s Neighborhood. It’s free as can be and is on the YouTube at 9:30 p.m.

Carolina-adjacent bonus: The Avett Brothers will hold their annual New Year’s Eve concert online, rather than the normal Charlotte celebration. That happens on and tickets to the stream start at $39.99.

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