What Do People Drop on New Year's Eve in the US?

by NewYearsEve.com
08.18.2009

Many cities and towns in the United States, in imitation of the famous "ball drop" conducted annually on December 31 at midnight in Times Square, similarly drop items on New Year's Eve as part of local celebrations. Although some of the objects may seem peculiar, practically all relate to some aspect of local history, geography, or culture. The following is a list of objects dropped around the U.S. on New Year's Eve.

Arizona
Flagstaff, Arizona - a pine cone
Tempe, Arizona - a tortilla chip into a jar of salsa

Georgia
Atlanta, Georgia - a peach
Cornelia, Georgia - an apple

Florida
Key West, Florida - a conch shell, a pirate wench and a red high-heel shoe
Miami, Florida - an orange

Kansas
Manhattan, Kansas - a 5-foot (1.5-meter) aluminum ball

Maine
Bangor, Maine - a purple beach ball decorated with Christmas lights.

Maryland
Ocean City, Maryland - a beach ball
Havre de Grace, Maryland - a duck decoy

Michigan
Marquette, Michigan - a metal ball

New Jersey
Point Pleasant, New Jersey - a mossbunker fish

New York
Buffalo - Lit ball similar to the one dropped in New York City.
New York City - 1,070-pound (485-kilogram) Waterford Crystal ball
Orange County - Motorcycle wheel
Greenport, Suffolk County - an anchor

North Carolina
Brasstown, North Carolina - a live opossum in a cage
Mount Olive, North Carolina - a pickle
Raleigh, North Carolina - an acorn
Charlotte, North Carolina - a large crown

Ohio
Port Clinton, Ohio - a walleye fish, named "Captain Wylie Walleye"

Pennsylvania
Cleona, Pennsylvania - a pretzel
Dillsburg, Pennsylvania a pickle
Duncannon, Pennsylvania - a sled
Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania - a giant M&M
Falmouth, Pennsylvania - a stuffed goat
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - a strawberry
Hanover, Pennsylvania - a black rose (discontinued)
Hummelstown, Pennsylvania - a lollipop
Lancaster, Pennsylvania - a red rose
Lebanon, Pennsylvania - a bologna
Liverpool, Pennsylvania - a canal boat
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania - a wrench
New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania - a huckleberry
Newville, Pennsylvania - spring
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania- a Heinz Ketchup bottle
Pottsville, Pennsylvania - a bottle of Yuengling beer
Red Lion, Pennsylvania - a cigar
Shippensburg, Pennsylvania - an anchor
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania - a chunk of coal that turns into a diamond at the bottom
York, Pennsylvania - a white rose

Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee - ball, but the ball will rise instead of fall.

Virginia
Fredericksburg, Virginia - two pears

Wisconsin
Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin - a carp


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