US cities welcome 2016, except Rochester, NY

Fireworks explode past the Times Square Ball (rear) after it dropped to signal the start of the New Year in the Manhattan borough of New York January 1, 2016. © Darren Ornitz
Most of the US joined the rest of the world in welcoming 2016 in style.

Celebrations took place across the country with more than 1 million people turning out in New York City's Times Square to see the famous ball drop.

Revelers throw confetti from a balcony to celebrate during New Year festivities above Times Square in New York January 1, 2016. © Lucas Jackson

Security was tight at many events in the wake of the recent terror attacks in Paris and California, and new threats in Brussels and Munich.

A man linked to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) was arrested Thursday on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack on New Year’s Eve in Rochester, New York. The 'Flour City' cancelled its fireworks display following his arrest.

READ MORE: Arrest made in ISIS-inspired New Year's Eve terror plot in NY

Revellers in New York City weren’t deterred by threats of terrorism.

People take a selfie during New Year celebrations in Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York December 31, 2015. © Andrew Kelly

For those willing to fork out $400, they got an all-you-can-eat buffet and front-row seat at the Olive Garden in Times Square. And yes, it included breadsticks.

Young lovers with a ground-level view of the Times Square festivities brought in the new year posing for the iconic kiss as the clock struck midnight.

United States Navy Midshipman Mason Kraft dips Cassidy Cunningham as they pose for a photo in Times Square during New Year's Eve celebrations in the Manhattan borough of New York, December 31, 2015. © Carlo Allegri

Elsewhere in the US, fireworks displays dazzled across the skies.

Happy New Year to my friends and family in Chicago! I love you guys,hope everyone has a fun,safe,enjoyable celebration! Two hours to go before I pop the cork out here!

Posted by Karon Hamilton on Thursday, December 31, 2015