A year ago, the annual New Year’s Polar Bear Dive at Coney Island was canceled due to fears about mass gatherings amid a winter outbreak of the pandemic. But for those of you who can’t wait to submerge your bodies in freezing temperatures to ring in the New Year, you’re in luck because the beloved event is back for New Year’s Day 2022.
“After so many months of stress, hardship and uncertainty, the Coney Island Polar Bear Club invites all New Yorkers to join us on our New Year’s dive, purge the past and establish an optimistic outlook for the new. year, ”said Dennis Thomas, president of the Coney Island Polar Bear Club. “There is no better way to separate the past from the future than a quick dip in the freezing Atlantic with other New Yorkers. We look forward to hosting the biggest and most spirited dive of our time. 119 years of history. ”
The event begins at 1 p.m. on January 1. You can register to participate here; there is no charge to participate, but the organizers encourage everyone to donate.
The Coney Island Polar Bear Club’s 119th Annual New Years Dive isn’t just about the freezing plunge – it also always turns into an all-day boardwalk party with DJs and hundreds of non-participating spectators – it’s in much of why the event was canceled last year.
And the main reason for the tradition, other than giving people a chance to clean themselves up to start the year, is to collect charities for local nonprofits like the New York Aquarium, Coney Island. History Project, Coney Island USA, Coney Island YMCA, and more. Whether you’re taking part in the plunge, dancing on the boardwalk, or just clapping in the comfort of your apartment, the organization says you can virtually donate here.
It’s been a while now, so if you’ve forgotten what that looks like, look back at the 2020 plunge.