List of objects dropped on New Year's Eve


List of objects dropped on New Year's Eve

On New Year's Eve in the USA it has become tradition to drop a time ball to commemorate the New Year.

Many cities and towns in the United States drop objects on New Year's Eve. The most famous of these is the Times Square Ball dropped each December 31 in Times Square; in fact, most of these are imitators of the Times Square Ball. Although some of the objects may seem peculiar, practically all relate to some aspect of local history, geography, or culture.

A ball drop is not the only common New Year's Eve celebration; in several cities, such as Las Vegas, Nevada and Toronto, Ontario, fireworks are launched instead, and the First Night organization also holds celebrations across the country, some of which have ball drops.

= List of drops by time zone =

Eastern Time Zone

Florida

* Brooksville, Florida - a tangerine [http://www.wsbtv.com/news/14955860/detail.html?rss=atl&psp=news]
* Key West, Florida - a conch shell [http://uncutvideo.aol.com/videos/67fab5b6f06b76a289333436c37a1273]
* Miami, Florida - an orange
* Orlando, Florida - an orange


= Georgia =

* Atlanta, Georgia - an 8' tall and 8' wide, over 800-pound peach [ [http://www.peachdrop.com/ Peach Drop official Web site] ] . The Peach Drop is the largest event of its type in the southeastern United States, and one of the largest in the country.
* Tallapoosa, Georgia - an opossum [http://my.georgia.org/net/calendar/details.aspx?c=15482&s=24071.0.26.3011]
* McDonough, Georgia - Nugget Drop at Truett's Grill

Indiana

* Kokomo, Indiana - Aluminum 70-Pound Ball with 34,000 lights [http://www.kokomotribune.com/local/local_story_364231414.html]

Maine

* Bangor, Maine - a beach ball decorated with lights [http://www.bangornewyearseve.com/]
* Eastport, Maine - a sardine [http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2006/12/29/a_sardine_will_drop_in_maine/] [http://www.tidesinstitute.org/sardinenewyear.html]

Maryland

* Easton, Maryland - a crab [http://www.easternshore.com/firstnighttalbot/]
* Havre de Grace, Maryland - a wooden duck
* Ocean City, Maryland - a beach ball [http://www.ococean.com/nyeve.html]

Michigan

* Marquette, Michigan - a ball

New Jersey

* Point Pleasant, New Jersey - "The Millennium Mossbunker," a mossbunker fish [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4179/is_19991230/ai_n11733503] (only for 2000)

New York

* Buffalo, New York - a lighted ball and, at one time, a Ford Edge automobile [http://buffalo.bizjournals.com/buffalo/stories/2006/12/18/daily49.html] . The 97 Rock Ball Drop, as it is officially named, is advertised to be the second-largest in the country, with 40,000 in attendance annually. [http://www.97rock.com/balldrop/]
* New York City (Times Square) - 1,070-pound (485-kilogram) Waterford Crystal ball. The most famous of all ball drops, the Times Square Ball has previously taken the form of a metal ball and, during the 1980s, an illuminated apple. [ [http://www.timessquarenyc.org/nye/nye.html Times Square Ball info] ]
* New York City (Grano Square) - a lighted ukulele [ [http://www.sonicuke.com/live_123106.php SonicUke] ]

North Carolina

* Brasstown, North Carolina - a live opossum in a cage [http://www.clayscorner.com/]
* Black Creek, North Carolina - a large red heart
* Mount Olive, North Carolina - a pickle [http://www.newsargus.com/news/archives/2006/12/29/pickle_drop_sunday_at_7_pm/index.shtml]
* Raleigh, North Carolina - a 900-pound brass acorn [http://www.firstnightraleigh.com/]

Ohio

* Elmore, Ohio - a sausage [http://www.streetprophets.com/story/2006/12/31/112737/32#6]
* Port Clinton, Ohio - a walleye fish, named "Captain Wylie Walleye" [http://www.walleyemadness.com/]

Pennsylvania

* Akron, Pennsylvania - a purple-and-gold shoe [http://local.lancasteronline.com/4/28908 LancasterOnline.com:News:Akron waiting for the shoe to drop ] ] [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmdATFOGCdc]
* Bethlehem, Pennsylvania - a giant Peep [http://www.firstnightbethlehem.com/]
* Blain, Pennsylvania - a cow made of wood, dropped from a silo [http://www.wgal.com/holidays/4004255/detail.html Wrench Drop To Join New Year's Events - Holidays News Story - WGAL Lancaster ] ]
* Bradford, Pennsylvania - a ball [ [http://firstnightbradford.com/ First Night Bradford :: Family Entertainment on New Years Eve ] ]
* Carlisle, Pennsylvania - an Indy car [http://www.cumberlink.com/articles/2006/12/26/news/news80.txt The Sentinel Online : Archives : News ] ]
* Cleona, Pennsylvania - a pretzel (discontinued for 2006)
* Dillsburg, Pennsylvania a pickle
* Duncannon, Pennsylvania - a sled
* Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania - a giant M&M
* Falmouth, Pennsylvania - a stuffed goat
* Frogtown, Pennsylvania - a frog
* Gratz, Pennsylvania - a wildcat
* Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - a strawberry [ [http://www.harrisburgevents.com/Common_pages/New_Years.html Harrisburg New Year's Eve Celebration ] ]
* Hershey, Pennsylvania - a Hershey Kiss replica (raised) [ [http://www.hersheynewyears.org/ HersheyNewYears.org ] ]
* Hummelstown, Pennsylvania - a lollipop [http://www.pittsburghpostgazette.com/pg/06361/749097-51.stm City won't drop the ball on New Year's, but see what others drop ] ]
* Lancaster, Pennsylvania - a red rose (raised)
* Lebanon, Pennsylvania - a large Lebanon bologna stick
* Lititz, Pennsylvania - a Moravian star (raised)
* Liverpool, Pennsylvania - a canal boat [ [http://www.liverpool.pa.net/historians/postcards2003.html Liverpool 2003 Postcards ] ]
* Lewistown, Pennsylvania - a bag of Hartley's potato chips [ [http://www.lewistownsentinel.com/News/articles.asp?articleID=9920 The Sentinel ] ]
* Manheim, Pennsylvania - a ball (raised)
* Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania - a wrench
* Middletown, Pennsylvania - a SPHOCTAGON; i.e., a metal ball with blunted sides in the shape of a three-dimensional octagon [ [http://middletownborough.com/Matters/2005_fall/NewYearsCelebration.asp Middletown Matters Neswletter - Fall/Winter 2005 - New Year’s Eve Celebration ] ]
* New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania - a huckleberry
* New Oxford, Pennsylvania - an antique trunk
* Newport, Pennsylvania - a plywood hard hat
* Newville, Pennsylvania - a big spring
* Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania- a ball which looked like the planet earth, made of recycled materials (raised)
* Pottsville, Pennsylvania - a bottle of Yuengling beer (raised)
* Red Lion, Pennsylvania - a wooden cigar held by a lion (raised)
* Richland, Pennsylvania - a cigar
* Seven Valleys, Pennsylvania - a broasted chicken
* Shippensburg, Pennsylvania - an anchor
* Steelton, Pennsylvania - a steamroller
* Strasburg, Pennsylvania - ping pong balls
* Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania - a chunk of coal that turns into a diamond at the bottom (discontinued)
* York, Pennsylvania - a white rose

Tennessee

* Gatlinburg, Tennessee - a ball [http://www.eventsgatlinburg.com/event_detail.aspx?id=19]

Virginia

* Fredericksburg, Virginia - an illuminated pear [http://www.firstnightfredericksburg.com/]

Central Time Zone

Arkansas

* Fayetteville, Arkansas - a hog [http://www.firstnightfayetteville.org/schedule.asp]

Kansas

* Manhattan, Kansas - an apple-shaped aluminum ball [http://www.littleapplenewyears.com]

Oklahoma

* Oklahoma City - a lighted ball is actually raised.

Texas

*Austin, Texas- a Star representing the Lone Star State (however, this may have been retired as of 2006; the transition to 2007 was a simple mirrored ball.) [http://www.firstnightaustin.org/index.php]
*Houston, Texas- a Star

Wisconsin

*Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin - a carp

Mountain Time Zone

Arizona

* Flagstaff, Arizona - a pine cone [http://news.azdailysun.com/guides/story.cfm?storyID=143061&spcid=21]
* Tempe, Arizona - an illuminated sunburst [http://www.insightbowl.org/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=10250&KEY=&ATCLID=627962]

Pacific Time Zone

Washington

* Seattle, Washington - the elevator of the Space Needle is raised

California

* Orange County, California - an orange [http://www.ocnye.com/index.html]

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ee also

* List of Christmas parades

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