New Year’s Eve traditions include watching the Times Square ball drop, eating black-eyed peas, heading to a bar, and partying at home with friends.

House parties may be common for people in Copperas Cove, but there are a few places that are going out of their way to do a little something to help people ring in the new year.

Dave’s Sports Bar and Grill will cook its own black-eyed peas and pass them out during a two-show concert New Year’s Eve, said owner David McBride.

“Well, it is just a tradition, It goes back to ... well, I think it is a tradition that goes back in all our families,” said McBride about offering a bowl of black-eyed peas to customers during the bar’s New Year’s Eve celebration.

Cover for the event will be $5, and the show will feature Stone Face Cowboy and The Red Dirt Ramblers.

“We’re just going to bring in the new year with some music,” he said.

The Copperas Cove Applebee’s also will be celebrating the new year as they hand out a complimentary glass of Champagne to guests before midnight, said Kevin Jones, a manager at the restaurant.

“We do this to show our love for the people that show up here,” Jones said. “We love the community and are always looking for ways to get involved and participating in the holidays is one of the easiest ways.”

Jones and McBride expect their businesses to be busy Monday night and encourage people to come out and celebrate the holiday.

If people are looking for other places to get out to celebrate the upcoming holiday, they could try The Bru Thru and Daiquiri Factor, Lazy Lizard Lounge, and even the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall.

Staying home and throwing a private shindig or relaxing with just your family is always another option.

Regardless of how and where people celebrate New Year’s, McBride said everyone should participate in ringing in the joyous occasion.

A lot has happened this year from school shootings to ending wars, he said. We should be thankful because some of these negative events could have happened here and why wouldn’t you want to celebrate the positive ones.

“It should be a very special New Year’s for all of us,” he said. “We are walking in a free land. Celebrate any and every chance you get right now.”

Contact Mason W. Canales at or (254) 501-7474

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