Visitors and locals to downtown San Antonio celebrated New Year’s Eve in style Tuesday night as fireworks displays and college football activities pervaded the area.

The official Celebrate SA event featured plenty of food trucks, carnival games and rides, 2020 swag, and music to dance the decade away.

Celebrate SA organizers expected about 70,000 people throughout the night, and the 60,147 attendees from the Valero Alamo Bowl, which featured the University of Texas Longhorns and Utah Utes, had something to do with it.

Dick Stewart just moved to the small town of Spring Branch about 35 miles north of San Antonio from Longview, and this is his first year celebrating in San Antonio.

On a typical New Year’s Eve Stewart would typically stay home in his East Texas home where large parties and fireworks are not the norm.

When asked if he was excited about the upcoming fireworks Stewart replied, “I’m beside myself, aren’t you?”

As crowds continue to grow, the color burnt orange seemed to be the theme of the evening, and spirits were high.

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Scott Ball

Scott Ball is San Antonio Report's photo editor and grew up in San Antonio.