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Release Date: Dec 26, 2013


Public is Invited to Shred and Shed Bad Memories from 2013,
From Tax Returns and Pink Slips to Photos of Old Lovers and Rejection Letters

New Yorkers and visitors alike are invited to Times Square to say one final goodbye to bad memories from 2013 at the Seventh Annual Good Riddance Day. On Saturday, December 28 from noon to 1 p.m., on the Broadway Plaza in Times Square, a giant Cintas mobile shredding truck will be available for the public to discard the physical evidence of all funny, embarrassing or downright depressing memories of 2013 in order to welcome a start fresh in 2014. 

Amy Johnson and her three-year-old son, Bodey– the grand prize winners of the Good Riddance Day contest held by New Year’s Eve in Times Square official partner Cintas–will kick off the shredding party in Times Square. Bodey, who has Down syndrome, was diagnosed with cancer at age two.  He is now in remission and will join his mother in declaring “good riddance” to cancer.

Paper will be available for the public to record and shred their bad memories on site. Those unable to make it to Times Square can submit memories online.

Good Riddance Day is inspired by a Latin American tradition in which New Year’s revelers stuffed dolls with objects representing the past year’s bad memories before setting them on fire.

The Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment are the co-organizers of Times Square New Year’s Eve. For more information, please visit TimesSquareNYC.org/NewYearsEve.


WHAT: Seventh Annual Good Riddance Day
WHEN: Saturday, December 28 from noon to 1 p.m.
  Press check-in: 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Broadway Plaza between  46th and 47th Streets, Times Square
CONTACT: Rubenstein Communications, Inc. - Public Relations
  Nancy Haberman 212-843-8021 / nhaberman@rubenstein.com


 **Please note: Good Riddance Day is a symbolic event for shredding single memories or ideas. It is not a mass shredding or disposal event, and we are unable to accommodate requests to shred large amounts of paper material.