Do not live anywhere near New York City but still desperate to see something–anything–drop during the countdown into 2018?
We can provide help. (Well, we can help some of you. Some of you may need to go to a road trip.) Have a look at these places which have put their own twists on the somewhat odd tradition of hoisting a giant object up in the air to celebrate the beginning of a new year.
1. A GIANT PEEP // BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA
Peeps’s parent firm, Just Born, calls on the southern Pennsylvania town residence, which is why Bethlehemdrops a 4.5-foot tall, 85-pound, illuminated Peep to mark the new year. Though Peeps come in shapes to suit every holiday nowadays, the drop is done using a traditional chick that flashes different colours at midnight.
2. AN OVERSIZED FLEA // EASTOVER, NORTH CAROLINA
Why the city would create a 3-foot-tall, 30-pound ceramic flea is really a head scratcher–unless you know that the city was known as Flea Hill.
3. A MOONPIE // MOBILE, ALABAMA
Just why a MoonPie? According to PR Newswire, the tasty snack cake is the “favorite throw” in the Mardi Gras parade (not mind the whole bead item), which originated in Mobile. Regrettably, the 600-pound Moon Pie is digital, not edible.
4. A REAL (D**D) CARP // PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, WISCONSIN
Most carp don’t see 15 seconds of fame, let alone 15 minutes. But annually at Prairie du Chien, Lucky that the Carp is the center of attention when he’s lowered on a throne to observe the new year. It is the culmination of a week of activities, such as hanging carp decorations onto a walnut tree, the Carp Plunge (Prairie du Chien’s version of a Polar Bear Plunge) and hammering open a carp piñata. Just as we know, the piñata includes candy, maybe not carp.
5. AN OLIVE // BARTLESVILLE, OKLAHOMA
The brightly colored olive descends from the very top of Price Tower, a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building, also falls neatly in a oversized martini glass.
6. A BEACH BALL // PANAMA CITY BEACH, FLORIDA
Paying homage to the tourist sector that keeps the city jumped, Panama City Beach drops an 800-pound shore ball. People who favor beach balls of this non-deadly variety can attend the children’s drop at 8:30 p.m., at which more than 10,000 inflatable balls are released from overhead baits.
7. A SARDINE // EASTPORT, MAINE
The area contains sardine fishing and canning roots, but Eastport additionally drops a Maple Leaf as a friendly gesture to their Canadian neighbors across the bay.
8. A WRENCH // MECHANICSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA
9. A DUCK DECOY // HAVRE DE GRACE, MARYLAND
As home to the Pat Vincenti Duck Decoy shop as well as the Duck Decoy Museum, it makes great sense which Havre de Grace will fall a luminous duck decoy on New Year’s Eve.
10. A PEACH // ATLANTA, GEORGIA
Go figure. If you want your audience of revelers to be large on New Year’s Eve, Atlanta is the place to be: the Peach Drop is the largest New Year’s Eve party in the southeast.
11. A PINECONE // FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA
In the event you’re missing the connection, here’s a bit of trivia for you: Flagstaff stays at among the largest Ponderosa Pine forests in the world. And the city has come a long way from the trash can with pinecones glued on it that was utilized throughout the fall’s inaugural year in 1999–see for your self:
12. AN APPLE // MANHATTAN, KANSAS
Paying homage to their “Little Apple” nickname, nearly 10,000 visitors and residents gather annually to see the town fall a brightly-lit Red Delicious.
13. A CHUNK OF CHEESE // PLYMOUTH, WISCONSIN
It is no doubt got some competition, but Plymouth proudly proclaims itself that the Cheese Capital of the Earth, which is why it drops a large chunk of Sartori cheese to welcome the new year.
14. A DRAG QUEEN IN A RED HIGH HEEL // KEY WEST, FLORIDA
Her title is Sushi (the drag queen, never the stiletto). However, Sushi is just one of the many midnight drop choices in Key West: They also drop a 6-foot conch shell at Sloppy Joe’s and a pirate wench in the Schooner Wharf Bar.
15. 200 Pounds OF BOLOGNA // LEBANON, PENNSYLVANIA
If you are a treated meat connoisseur, then you realize that Lebanon bologna is sort of a big deal.
16. MARSHALL THE MUSKRAT // PRINCESS ANNE, MARYLAND
As if dropping a giant bark wasn’t unique enough, then Princess Anne has decked the stuffed semiaquatic rodent out at a top coat and bow tie. No, Princess Anne isn’t the hometown of the Captain and Tennille; the humble muskrat has been a goal for trappers in the area since people first inhabited it.
17. A PICKLE // MT. OLIVE, NORTH CAROLINA
If you love briny cucumbers, you will appreciate the 3-foot pickle which drops farther down the flagpole at 7 p.m. EST..
18. AN ACORN // RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
It would have a Godzilla-like squirrel to take away this 10-foot-tall nut made from 1250 pounds of aluminum and steel, which was made from sculptor David Benson to observe that the City of Oaks.
19. A POTATO // BOISE, IDAHO
This year will probably be Boise’s fifth year dropping a giant spud.
20. A KEY // FREDERICK, MARYLAND
In 2012, the town of Frederick began the tradition of dropping a 5-foot from 2.5-foot wooden secret out of a suspension. Why a secret? To honor among the most famous sons, of course–The Star-Spangled Banner lyricist Francis Scott Key.
21. A BUNCH OF GRAPES // TEMECULA, CALIFORNIA
There is more than 1 way to toast the new year. Temecula, which is at the heart of California Wine Country, can it using a 5-foot-by-8-foot bunch of blossoms made from 36 illuminated spheres and 48 sequined balls.
22. A MUSIC NOTE // NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
The Music Notice dropped at midnight Nashville is a nod to the city’s “Music City” nickname.
23. A HOG // FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS
“Last Night Fayetteville” is thought of as one of the most best 10 New Year’s Eve celebrations in the U.S.–and part of the accolade is because of this Hog Drop. Made with more than 1000 individually controlled LED lighting, this oinker took more than 100 hours to make. Wilbur, eat your heart out–that is unquestionably Some Pig.
24. AN ORANGE WEARING SUNGLASSES // MIAMI, FLORIDA
Everything goes up, stays up … at least in regards to those objects, which are raised rather than dropped. “Big Orange” is a 35-foot neon orange which climbs 400 feet up the face of the InterContinental Hotel in Miami. And if that is not enough for you, there’s also Pitbull.
25. A WATERMELON BALL // VINCENNES, INDIANA
If it reaches the surface, the chunk opens to release 12 real watermelons, creating a mess which will make Gallagher proud in the splash zone under.