Dropping the Ball: Places to Ring in the New Year

If you’re still not sure what to do at midnight on January 1, you might think that you dropped the ball on your New Years plans. Fortunately, you’re not the only one looking to have some first night fun. All across America, New Years revelers will be kicking off 2010 by carrying on the tradition of dropping objects from high places during the final seconds of 2009.

Ball drops get the most attention of New Years drops, thanks to the Times Square festivities in New York City. The New York Times has dropped the ball almost every year since 1907, and the celebration regularly draws nearly 1 million live spectators, not to mention the millions who watch the spectacle on TV. For those who prefer to avoid the crush of the Big Apple, balls are dropped in more relaxing settings nationwide. For example, Gatlinburg, TN will drop a ball, launch fireworks, and host live performances. Buffalo, NY has traditionally hosted one of the largest ball drops in the country, but the celebration is at risk of being skipped this year due to budget cuts.

Within the category of dropped balls, many cities have come up with their own variations. Laid back seaside towns Bangor, ME; Ocean City, MD; and Panama City, FL all drop beach balls for the New Year. On the other end of the ball-drop spectrum, Baltimore, MD annually drops a disco ball. Strasburg, PA scales down and drops ping pong balls.

Of course, you can see someone drop the ball any day of the year. If you’re looking for a truly unique New Years drop, then you will want to look for a town that thinks differently. For example, in Key West, FL you can choose to watch the ritual drop of a conch, a drag queen, or a bar maid. Meanwhile, New Orleans drops a pot of gumbo. For some reason, many towns enjoy dropping oversized marine life: Easton, MD drops a crab; East Port, ME drops a sardine; Port Clinton, OH drops a Walleye; and Prairie du Chien, WI drops a carp. If fish aren’t your salty snack of choice, then head to Mount Olive, NC or Dillsburg, PA to watch the pickle drop.

Bar _Maid

In short, almost anyplace you go to celebrate the close of 2009 and the beginning of 2010, you can mark the occasion by watching strange objects fall into the New Year!

If you’re still not sure what to do at midnight on January 1, you might think that you dropped the ball on your New Years plans. Fortunately, you’re not the only one. All across America, New Years revelers will be kicking off 2010 by carrying on the tradition of dropping objects from high places during the final seconds of 2009.

Ball drops get the most attention of New Years drops, thanks to the Times Square festivities in New York City. The New York Times has dropped the ball almost every year since 1907, and the celebration regularly draws nearly 1 million live spectators as well as a TV audience. For those who prefer to avoid the crush of Times Square, balls are dropped in more relaxing settings nationwide. For example, Gatlinburg, TN will drop a ball, launch fireworks, and host live performances. Buffalo, NY has traditionally hosted one of the largest ball drops in the country, but the celebration is at risk of being skipped this year due to budget cuts.

Within the category of dropped balls, many cities have come up with their own variations. Laid back seaside towns Bangor, ME; Ocean City, MD; and Panama City, FL all drop beach balls for the New Year. On the other end of the ball-drop spectrum, Baltimore, MD annually drops a disco ball. Strasburg, PA scales down and drops ping pong balls.

Of course, you can see someone drop the ball any day of the year. If you’re looking for a truly unique New Years drop, then you will want to look for a town that thinks differently. For example, in Key West, FL you can choose to watch the ritual drop of a Conch, a drag queen, or a bar wench. Meanwhile, New Orleans drops a pot of gumbo. For some reason, many towns enjoy dropping oversized marine life: Easton, MD drops a crab; East Port, ME drops a sardine; Port Clinton, OH drops a Walleye; and Prairie du Chien, WI drops a carp. If fish aren’t your salty snack of choice, then head to Mount Olive, NC or Dillsburg, PA to watch the pickle drop.

In short, almost anyplace you go to celebrate the close of 2009 and the beginning of 2010, you can mark the occasion by watching falling objects.


[LN1]This sentence doesn’t make complete sense. Maybe go with something more along the lines of “Don’t worry. There is still plenty of time to arrange your final New Years plans.”

[LN2]A little awkward. Maybe something more along these lines. “Not to mention the roughly x million viewers who watch the festivities on TV.” Can you quantify?

1 COMMENT

  1. Thanks for sharing! May I also add that the Outer Banks of North Carolina is also an amazing place to bring in the New Year. What better way to spend the New Year in a vacation rental home with loved ones and enjoying the nightlife that the OBX has to offer…..

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