At that stroke, old man 2006 wheezed and staggered into history, giving hope to those still up that lucky 2007 would be a year worth ringing in.
Partiers celebrated in a variety of venues, from the party animal living it up at private and public parties to the type who stayed toasty warm in the comfort of their own home, watching the ageless Dick Clark rock in the New Year.
At Richard and Kathryn Meucci's home in Summerset II, friends gathered wearing black or white or a combination of the two.
Rumor has it the Meuccis sure know how to throw a party, as theirs was still hoppin' well past the midnight hour.
Kathryn, who set a table for 26 that night, said that while libations were certainly a lively part of the party, she didn't think anyone really overdid it.
"Yes, they were pouring heavily," said Kathryn. Then admitted that while there "were quite a few giggles, no one really had too much."
The fact is, she said, "Everybody was real happy and they were looking forward to a wonderful 2007."
Other Summersetters were out partying in force that night as well, from those at The Nines restaurant to those at each of the Summerset clubhouses, including one fun but quiet night of games held over at Summerset Palms.
In Shadow Lakes, down through the second fairway, voices echoed "Happy New Year!" over and over again to anyone and everyone who would listen.
Along the Brentwood Boulevard corridor, the rat-a-tat-tat of gunfire and multiple loud booms led some residents to believe that they were on the front lines of a military zone.
But the celebrations didn't end there - the next day, Bill Mendoza of Summerset II hosted his traditional New Year's Day noon fête. "I've been having these New Year's Day parties for a lot of years. Everyone really enjoys the tamales and it's a great way to start off the new year."
- Ray Carter contributed to this story.