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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -

People all across the nation and the Carolinas are getting ready to ring in the New Year.

Monday the Market Common prepared for its inaugural "Southern Times Square" event. And restaurants in the area also started planning for the big night.

"I mean we've got a ton of reservations coming in the phone has been ringing off the hook. We're sold out for most of the night except 5 o'clock and 10 o'clock right now," said Ashley Thomas, the Assistant General Manager of Travinia.

And as the restaurant waits for balloons and decorations to be delivered, Thomas said they have started adding extra food to their normal prep in the kitchen.

"We've been doing this for 5 years it's one of our biggest nights of the year so we're really excited about it," said Thomas.

Other restaurants in the area said the event is great for business.

"I think it's going to bring in a lot of cliental that we don't typically get. Usually it's the local residents of the Market Common but I think a lot of people are going to come from outside Myrtle Beach, things like that to enjoy the celebration," said William Morris, the General Manager for Gordon Biersch.

Outside, Brooke Doswell, the Market Common General Manager, said they have an inflatable movie screen that will stream New York City's times square ball drop live. And the Market Common will also have a ball drop of its own.

"We got a ball from Hardrock park and we're going to have it 100 feet in the air and we're going to drop it in front of the inflatable screen at the same time that the ball is dropping in New York. And the major is going to welcome 2014 in for us," said Doswell.

Doswell said Deville, Hackler, Howard and Reed streets will all be shut down from 7pm until midnight during the event.

"That's because we'll have a horse and carriage ride going around as they do on the weekends, and we'll also have a golf cart parade," said Doswell.

As far as security, Doswell said off duty Myrtle Beach police officers and their own security team will be on patrol during the festivities.

Doswell said they want this to be a family event. There will be all kinds of activities for the kids like magicians and face painters. They'll also be food vendors and a beer and wine area for adults.

Admission to the event is free.

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