List of objects dropped on New Year's Eve
||This article has an unclear citation style. (January 2011)|
- 1 List of drops or raises by time zone and location
- 1.1 UTC-3
- 1.2 Atlantic Time Zone
- 1.3 North American Eastern Time Zone
- 1.4 US Central Time Zone
- 1.5 US Mountain Time Zone
- 1.6 US Pacific Time Zone
- 2 See also
- 3 References
- 4 External links
- 5 Notes
On New Year's Eve, many localities mark the beginning of a year through the raising or lowering of an object. Many of these events are patterned off festivities that have been held at New York City's Times Square since 1908, where a large crystal ball is lowered down a pole atop One Times Square (beginning its decent at 11:59 p.m. local time, and concluding at midnight). In turn, the event was inspired by the time balls used by ship navigators in the 19th century to calibrate their chronometers.
Whilst some of these events use a ball in imitation of Times Square, many "drops" utilize objects that represent an aspect of local culture, geography, or history. Ball drops are by far the most common in, but not exclusive to, the United States.
List of drops or raises by time zone and location
Note that several locations are divided into multiple time zones.
- Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: A ball is dropped. Over two million people turn up along four kilometers of sand and the fireworks last for almost thirty minutes.
Atlantic Time Zone
- Passamaquoddy Bay: In honor of nearby New Brunswick, Canada (located in the Atlantic Time Zone, making it an hour ahead of local time), a red maple leaf is dropped in Eastport, Maine at 11:00 p.m. Eastern. It is the first of two drops in Eastport.
- St. George's, Bermuda: A paper-mache Bermuda onion covered in Christmas lights is dropped.
North American Eastern Time Zone
- Note: The Florida Panhandle is in the Central Time Zone.
- Brooksville, Florida: A 200-pound tangerine was dropped 40 feet during the countdown to midnight until 2009. The tangerine dropped was an emblem of the citrus industry that once thrived in Brooksville.
- Key West, Florida (Sloppy Joe's Bar): The Key West Conch Drop, where a six-foot Queen Conch Shell drops 20 feet to the top of the bar to usher in the New Year, is held annually for the island's official New Year celebrations.
- Key West, Florida (801 Saloon): The 801 Saloon, a local gay bar, drops a ruby slipper with drag queen Gary "Sushi" Marion inside each year.
- Miami, Florida: Miami is home of "The Big Orange" Drop. (Florida is the orange state) The 35-foot orange rises 400 feet until it reaches the top of the Hotel Intercontinental Miami and is dropped from the top.
- Orlando, Florida: The Annual Church Street Entertainment New Year’s Eve Street Party includes "a huge video wall, confetti cannons, fireworks, and the tradition of the Orange Drop high above Church Street".
- Sarasota, Florida: A glowing pineapple is dropped at midnight to ring in the new year in southwest Florida".
- Atlanta, Georgia: The capital city of the peach state has a Peach Drop broadcast live worldwide from Underground, an event similar to the Times Square Ball Drop. It takes 58 seconds for the peach to descend the 138-foot tower of lights to its resting place. Michael Jackson's brother Tito and mother Katherine issued the official countdown during 2011's 22nd Annual Peach Drop New Year's Celebration. The annual Peach Bowl and Parade are sponsored by Chick-fil-A.
- Cornelia, Georgia: Cornelia hosts a "Little Red Apple" Drop and Dance in honor of the region's apple growers. The "Big Red Apple" located at the train depot is not dropped.
- Duluth, Georgia: A disco ball called the Soaring Spirit Ball is raised.
- Gainesville, Georgia: The "Chuck the Chicken" Drop started in 2009 to benefit the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia.
- Macon, Georgia: A 6-foot wide lighted ball with metal cherry blossoms and pink lights is dropped in honor of the International Cherry Blossom Festival.
- Tallapoosa, Georgia: An opossum drops on odd years. "It kind of started out as a joke", according to organizer Kate Gardner. "But now it's grown to one of the biggest events we have".
- Winder, Georgia: A Jug Drop takes place at the Barrow County Museum. The Barrow County Historical Society serves Nodoroc Mud (hot cocoa) and Wog Nog (special apple cider); the event is free and family-oriented.
- Kokomo, Indiana: An aluminum 70-pound Ball with 34,000 lights is dropped during The Kokomo Downtown Association New Year’s Eve Celebration.
- Muncie, Indiana: A ball is dropped.
- Vincennes, Indiana (near Terre Haute): The giant 18-foot, 500-pound steel-and-foam Watermelon Ball is raised 100 feet in the air during the 60-second countdown at midnight, then the replica releases 11 real locally-grown watermelons.
- Bangor, Maine: A beach ball covered in Christmas lights has been thrown off the top of a local restaurant since 2005.
- Eastport, Maine: A sardine is dropped in a nod to the area’s history in the herring fishing and canning industry. This is the second of two object drops in Eastport (see also "Atlantic Time Zone" above). Both objects were created by sculptor Bill Schaefer of East Machias.
- Baltimore, Maryland: A disco ball is dropped.
- Easton, Maryland: A red crab is dropped.
- Havre de Grace, Maryland – An eight-foot long, five-foot high wood-and-plastic foam lit duck has been dropped since 2000.
- Ocean City, Maryland: An illuminated beach ball is dropped.
- Princess Anne, Maryland: A stuffed muskrat in a top hat and bow tie named Marshall P. Muskrat is dropped.
- Ann Arbor, Michigan: For 2014, a lit hockey puck will be "dropped" in honor of the NHL Winter Classic game occurring the next day at Michigan Stadium.
- Detroit, Michigan: A sculpture known as the "D Burst" (which is adorned with a giant letter "D") is lowered from the Hard Rock Cafe at Campus Martius Park.
- Grand Rapids, Michigan: A six-foot diameter steel ball is dropped for the WZZM Ball Drop in Rosa Parks Circle. The ball was built by GLC Metal Fabricators Inc. in Ludington with help from Harsco, covered in LED lights done by Tye's Signs in Scottville. A crane raises the ball 160 feet into the air before lowering it slowly into its position for the countdown.
- Kalamazoo, Michigan: A recyclable ball has been dropped since 2009.
- Ludington, Michigan: A 6’ 5” diameter ball lit up with thousands of lights is lowered on a countdown to midnight.
- Marquette, Michigan: A lighted ball is dropped from the Savings Bank Building.
- Royal Oak, Michigan: A ball is dropped at midnight.
- Traverse City, Michigan: A cherry is dropped at midnight.
- Point Pleasant, New Jersey: "The Millennium Mossbunker," a mossbunker fish, was dropped for the year 2000.
- Seaside Heights, New Jersey: Snooki from MTV's reality series Jersey Shore (which is set in Seaside Heights) was lowered inside a ball in 2011 for the network's New Year's Eve special. While the drop was originally to be held inside MTV's studios at Times Square alongside its more famous counterpart, city officials asked MTV not to do so.
New York holds many elaborate drops, particularly the ball drop at Times Square. The state falls in second place for the most items dropped on New Year's Eve.
- Buffalo, New York: A lighted ball is dropped, at one time along with a Ford Edge automobile. The Buffalo Ball Drop (formerly the 97 Rock Ball Drop) is advertised to be the third-largest in the country, with 40,000 in attendance during a typical year. It was nearly canceled in 2010 (due mainly to the effects of the late 2000s recession) before a last-minute sponsorship drive brought in the necessary funds to carry out the festivities.
- Cheektowaga, New York: A ball is dropped during the day on New Year's Eve to offer an alternative for families.
- Hamburg, New York: A ball is dropped.
- New York City (Times Square): The most famous ball dropped is a 11,875 pounds (5,386 kg) Waterford Crystal ball. The Times Square Ball was previously metal and, during the 1980s, an illuminated apple. The ball used to be lit by halogen lamps, but LED has been used since 2008. In 2009 the ball became a permanent fixture year-round atop One Times Square. Over a million people gather each year to see the famous drop, which lasts for one minute. For the 1999-2000 ball drop, there were two million in attendance.
- New York City (rotating locations, Greenwood Heights for 2011): A giant lighted ukulele, dropped by "Sonic Uke" (a local ukulele playing duo), has been dropped each year in a different location since 2004–05.
- Niagara Falls, New York: A ten-foot Gibson Guitar is dropped from a specially designed 120-foot scaffold at the stroke of midnight at the Hard Rock Cafe. It draws an anticipated crowd of 15,000 to 20,000.
- North Tonawanda, New York: A ball is dropped as part of New Year's on the Canal.
- Orchard Park, New York: A ball is dropped.
- Syracuse, New York: An orange ball is dropped.
- White Plains, New York: A ball drops from a crane on the corner of Main Street and Renaissance Square in downtown. The urban festival attracts 25,000 residents of Westchester County, New York.
- Wilson, New York: Two balls are dropped, one at 9 p.m. and the other at midnight.
- Black Creek, North Carolina: A large red heart drop represents "A Small Town with a Big Heart".
- Brasstown, North Carolina: A plexiglas pyramid containing a living opossum is lowered from the roof of Clay Logan's convenience store for The Possum Drop. The possum is turned loose at the end of the celebration. (The event was barred from occurring for 2013 due to a successful lawsuit from PETA.)
- Eastover, North Carolina: A three-foot tall, thirty-pound wooden flea is dropped.
- Charlotte, North Carolina: A lighted crown is (raised) 25 feet in the air at the stroke of midnight to represent the Queen City. Charlotte Center City Partners produces the festivities.
- Mount Olive, North Carolina: The New Year's Eve Pickle is lowered down the Mt. Olive Pickle Company flagpole at 7 pm EST, midnight Greenwich Mean Time.
- Raleigh, North Carolina: A 900-pound copper-and-steel acorn, designed by sculptor David Benson to celebrate the city's 1992 Bicentennial and Raleigh’s nickname, “The City of Oaks”, is lowered by a crane.
- Elmore, Ohio: A sausage is dropped.
- Marion, Ohio: A ball of popcorn is dropped.
- Port Clinton, Ohio: A walleye fish named "Captain Wylie Walleye" is dropped.
- Cincinnati, Ohio: A flying pig is "flown", not dropped, confirming there is at least one occasion "when pigs fly".
- Niagara Falls, Ontario: The elevator of the Skylon Tower is raised. The event, and its associated concerts, are televised by the Global Television Network. The event drew 65,000 spectators for the 2013 celebration.
Pennsylvania is the state where the most objects are dropped on New Year's Eve.
- Allentown, Pennsylvania: A liberty bell replica is dropped to commemorate when the liberty bell was stored in Allentown during the American Revolution.
- Akron, Pennsylvania: A purple-and-gold shoe is dropped.
- Beavertown, Pennsylvania: A beaver is dropped.
- Bethlehem, Pennsylvania: A 100-pound yellow illuminated Peep made out of fiberglass. (The producer of Peeps, Just Born, is based in Bethlehem)
- Blain, Pennsylvania: A wooden cow is dropped from a silo.
- Bradford, Pennsylvania: The ball drop was discontinued for 2011 but brought back for 2012.
- Carlisle, Pennsylvania: An Indy car is dropped.
- Cleona, Pennsylvania: A pretzel is raised.
- Cornwall, Pennsylvania: A Cannonball Drop commemorates the historic Cornwall Iron Furnace. The Civil War-era bowling-ball-sized cannonball is courtesy of Sgt. Damian Smith, command historian for the Pennsylvania National Guard.
- Dillsburg, Pennsylvania: Two pickles are dropped, one at midnight UTC ("Mrs. Pickle") and the main drop at midnight Eastern Time.
- Duncannon, Pennsylvania: A sled is dropped.
- East Petersburg, Pennsylvania: A large "Haydn's Jug" is dropped.
- Easton, Pennsylvania: A ten-foot Crayola crayon is dropped at 8 pm to accommodate children's bedtimes
- Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania: A giant M&M is dropped at midnight UTC to correspond with midnight in sister city Letterkenny in Ireland. This changed to a Dove chocolate bar in 2012-13; both Dove and M&M's are manufactured in Elizabethtown.
- Falmouth, Pennsylvania: A stuffed goat is dropped.
- Frogtown, Pennsylvania: A frog is dropped.
- Gratz, Pennsylvania: A wildcat is dropped.
- Halifax, Pennsylvania: A Hemlock tree is dropped.
- Hallam, Pennsylvania: A replica of the Haines Shoe House is dropped.
- Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: A strawberry is dropped.
- Hershey, Pennsylvania: A Hershey Kiss replica is raised.
- Hummelstown, Pennsylvania: A lollipop is dropped. 
- Ickesburg, Pennsylvania: A french fry is dropped.
- Lancaster, Pennsylvania: A red rose is raised.
- Lebanon, Pennsylvania: A 100-pound stick of Lebanon Bologna is dropped. The bologna itself is distributed to a local food bank and animal shelter following the drop.
- Lewistown, Pennsylvania: A bag of Hartley's potato chips is dropped.
- Lisburn, Pennsylvania: A pair of yellow pants or "britches" is dropped in honor of the Yellow Breeches Creek.
- Lititz, Pennsylvania: A Moravian star is raised.
- Liverpool, Pennsylvania: A canal boat is dropped.
- Media, Pennsylvania: A lighted ball is dropped.
- Manheim, Pennsylvania: A ball is raised.
- McClure, Pennsylvania: A kettle is dropped in honor of McClure Bean Soup Festival.
- Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania: A wrench is dropped.
- Middletown, Pennsylvania: A metal Rhombicuboctahedron, referred to by the organizers as a "sphoctagon" (portmanteau of sphere and octagon), is dropped.
- New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania: A box huckleberry is dropped.
- New Oxford, Pennsylvania: An antique trunk is dropped.
- Newville, Pennsylvania: A big spring is dropped.
- Palmyra, Pennsylvania: "The Giant Shoe" is dropped.
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: A ball representing the planet earth, made of recycled materials, was raised for 2007.
- Port Royal, Pennsylvania: A sprint car is dropped.
- Pottsville, Pennsylvania: A bottle of Yuengling beer is raised.
- Red Lion, Pennsylvania: A wooden cigar held by a lion is raised.
- Richland, Pennsylvania: A cigar is dropped.
- Shippensburg, Pennsylvania: An anchor is dropped.
- Strasburg, Pennsylvania: Ping pong balls are dropped.
- Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania: See below.[where?]
- Shamokin, Pennsylvania: A chunk of coal is dropped, turning into a diamond at the bottom.
- York, Pennsylvania: A white rose is dropped.
- Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: A giant, lighted golf ball is lowered from the Harbour Town Lighthouse, in honor of the Sea Pines Resort's golf courses (which include Harbour Town Golf Links, host of the PGA Tour's RBC Heritage tournament).
- Gatlinburg, Tennessee: A ball is dropped.
- Knoxville, Tennessee: A ball is dropped on Market Square.
- Richmond, Virginia: A copy of the Times Square Ball is raised rather than dropped, on the Byrd Theater in Carytown.
- Roanoke, Virginia: A 10-foot illuminated star is dropped.
- Charlottesville, Virginia: A ball is dropped.
- Fredericksburg, Virginia: An illuminated pear is dropped.
US Central Time Zone
- Mobile, Alabama: A 600-pound, lit Moon Pie is lowered from the RSA Tower. The drop is televised locally by WKRG-TV and by several Raycom Media stations in Alabama. Festivities also include a Mardi Gras-styled parade, as moon pies are a traditional "throw" at Mardi Gras events in Mobile.
- Fairhope, Alabama: A ball is dropped. The event was cancelled in 2010, but resumed in time to ring in 2011.
- Wetumpka, Alabama: A meteorite is dropped at the Old Courthouse at 11pm Central Time in honor of the meteorite that hit the River City. At the stroke of midnight, a big fireworks display takes place over the river.
- Fayetteville, Arkansas: A hog is dropped.
- Fort Smith, Arkansas: KISR sponsors a ball drop.
- Fort Walton Beach, Florida: A ball is dropped.
- Panama City, Florida: An illuminated, 800-pound beach ball descends from a tower 12 stories high at midnight. At 8:30 pm there is a fireworks celebration and a "family ball drop" with 7,000 beach balls.
- Pensacola, Florida: A pelican is dropped.
- Cedar Falls, Iowa: A large cedar is lowered by a chain.
- Manhattan, Kansas: "The Little Apple", an apple-shaped aluminum ball (a replica of the 1980s era Times Square Ball), is dropped, with the events televised by WIBW-TV in Wichita.
- New Orleans, Louisiana: A Gumbo Pot was dropped until 2008. The new "drop" is a Fleur-de-lis.
- Columbus, Mississippi: An illuminated 10-foot wide by 10-foot tall lit aluminum ball is hoisted over College Street 100 feet high as part of the "Having a Ball Downtown Block Party". Festivities are broadcast live on WCBI. No longer airs!
- Bartlesville, Oklahoma: An olive is dropped.
- Oklahoma City: A lighted ball is raised during Opening Night.
- Tulsa: The Tulsa Ball Drop, held annually in Brookside, a district famous for its nightlife, features live music, performances, and a street party.
Tennessee (Central and Western)
- Memphis, Tennessee: A guitar is dropped.
- Nashville, Tennessee: An 80-foot Guitar Drop took place at Nashville's Hard Rock Cafe during Music City's Bash On Broadway. In 2011 the partnership ended with Hard Rock Cafe and the guitar was exchanged for a 15-foot-tall music note.
- Austin, Texas: Families in the Austin Woods neighborhood traditionally celebrate the new year with large illuminated new year's balls hung from trees, which are lowered at varying times during New Year's Eve. Downtown, a Lone Star was dropped until 2006, then replaced with a simple mirrored ball.
- Houston, Texas: A star representing the Lone Star State is raised at midnight. There is also a Noon Ball Drop at the Children's Museum of Houston for families to celebrate New Year's Noon.
- McAllen, Texas: A giant mirrored ball descends just before midnight. The first orb for 2008 was six feet in diameter, but in 2009 McAllen's big bash was expanded to include a bigger crowd (10,000 attended), a bigger party space and the bigger "Texas-sized" ball used ever since.
- San Antonio, Texas: The elevator on the Tower of the Americas is raised.
- Plymouth, Wisconsin: Plymouth drops an 80-pound decorated cheese wedge, the newest Wisconsin cheese, from a 100 ft. ladder truck in a tribute to the region's dairy industry and dairy products. The Plymouth Arts Center hosts the annual “Build Your Own New Year’s Party” next to the Creamery Building's parking lot where "The Big Cheese Drop" takes place.
- Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin: A carp (real but dead) caught by local fishers and weighing between 25 and 30 pounds is lowered. A carp was chosen to represent the area's fishing industry and because the carp is considered one of the luckiest fish in Chinese culture. The carp, nicknamed “Lucky”, is lowered onto a throne. Each “Lucky” has a tree planted where it is buried with a commemorative plaque listing the carp's name and year.
US Mountain Time Zone
- Flagstaff, Arizona: A pine cone is dropped from the balcony of Weatherford hotel.
- Tempe, Arizona: An illuminated sunburst was dropped while the Fiesta Bowl Block Party and Parade was sponsored by Sunkist, but replaced by a Giant Tortilla Chip when Tostitos Tortilla Chips took over the sponsorship from Sunkist. The party is 10 blocks long and four blocks wide with two fireworks shows (10 p.m. and midnight).
- Show Low, Arizona: A deuce of clubs (2♣) debuted in 2011–12. The card, which is the namesake of the main road through Show Low, is, according to legend the origin of the town's name (the town's founders allegedly derived the name "show low" from a game of poker where the winner showed a 2♣, the lowest card in the deck).
- Twin Falls, Idaho: A metal ball, valued at approximately $14, is driven by a 1961 Ford Econoline truck and a chain. The ball is lowered down a pair of abandoned grain elevators. It is the only ball drop in Idaho.
US Pacific Time Zone
- Seattle, Washington: The elevator of the Space Needle is raised, followed by a fireworks display from the landmark. The fireworks shoot across the night sky and an estimated 400,000 people can see the show.
- Orange County, California: An orange is dropped.
- Sacramento, California: A ball was dropped in 2008 and 2009, but discontinued in 2010.
- Rio Convention & Visitors Bureau (in Portuguese and English) http://www.rcvb.com.br/index3.htm
- "New Year's Eve in Rio de Janeiro". Gosouthamerica.about.com. 2012-04-09. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- NEW YEAR'S EVE 2010 (sic) – SARDINE & MAPLE LEAF DROP. Retrieved 2010-12-29.
- East End readies for New Year's. bernews.com. Retrieved December 25, 2012.
- "Brooksville Plans Tangerine Drop For New Year's Eve". First Coast News. 2012-05-15. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- Marrero, Tony (2007-12-27). "Brooksville Tangerine Drop Owes Nothing To Big Apple". Tampa Bay Online. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- Schmucker, Jeff (13 December 2009). "Tangerine drop gets squashed". Hernando Today. Tampa Tribune. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- Key West's ruby shoe is coming down! CNN.com. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
- S. Florida Welcomes 2010 With "Sushi", Big Orange – publisher WFOR-TV accessdate 1 January 2010 http://cbs4.com/local/new.year.1010.2.1400357.html
- Just News(.com): Big Orange Prepared For New Year's Tradition: Fruit To Be Raised 40 Stories For 21st Year http://www.justnews.com/entertainment/18375455/detail.html
- "Florida New Year’s Eve Parties 2009". Florida Events and Festivals. 2009-12-08. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Church Street Entertainment". Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Florida New Year’s Eve Parties 2009". Florida Events and Festivals. 2009-12-08. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Church Street Entertainment". Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Peach Drop official Web site". Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Peach Drop". Underground Atlanta. 2008-12-31. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "About Peach Drop – New Year's Eve Celebration at Underground Atlanta". Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Tito Jackson to headline 2011 Peach Drop". 2010-12-26. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Free New Year's Eve Events". 11Alive. 2010-12-29. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Peach Bowl (Chic-Fil-A Bowl) Website". Chick-Fil-A. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Chick-Fil-A Bowl Play It Smart Program". Chick-Fil-A. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- Habersham County, Georgia – The Apple Industry – http://www.habershamga.com/industry_apple.cfm?from=visitors&subnav=industry
- Big Red Apple http://roadsidegeorgia.com/site/big_red_apple.html
- BlueRidgeHighlander.com – Events & Festivals in the Blue Ridge & Smoky Mountains http://www.theblueridgehighlander.com/calendar/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=1155&year=2010&month=
- Duluth ~ Capture the Spirit of Good Living ~ http://www.duluthga.net
- Atlanta Journal and Constitution (AJC.com): A new year brings new hopes http://www.ajc.com/news/a-new-year-brings-263703.html
- 'Chuck the Chicken' brings in Gainesville's New Year (AccessNorthGA.com) http://www.accessnorthga.com/detail.php?n=216445
- Humane Society of Northeast Georgia Life Savers: New Year's Eve Chicken Drop! http://www.humanesocietyofnortheastgeorgia.org/events/index.php?dm=detail&id=251
- Gainesville Times(.com): Plans set for New Year’s Eve festivities http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/archives/27707/
- MaconDotCom: Out & About – Cherry Blossom Ball Drop to ring in 2011 http://www.macon.com/2010/12/31/1391559/cherry-blossom-ball-drop-to-ring.html
- WMGT-DT 41 NBC News: Cherry Blossom Ball Drop Approved by Council Committee http://www.41nbc.com/news/local-news/206-cherry-blossom-ball-drop-approved-by-council
- "Cherry Blossom Festival 2012 – New Home". 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Cherry Blossom Ball Drop 2011 in Historic Downtown Macon,Ga". 2011. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- The Possum Drop http://www.thepossumdrop.com/
- WSBTV.com – Entertainment – Story: Georgia Town Celebrates New Years With Possum Drop http://www.wsbtv.com/entertainment/22103037/detail.html
- Barrow Journal(.com) – First annual Jug Drop set for Dec. 31 Posted by Kristi Reed in News, Top Stories Wednesday, December 30. 2009 – http://www.barrowjournal.com/archives/2148-First-annual-Jug-Drop-set-for-Dec.-31.html
- "Barrow County Museum". City of Winder. 2009-02-19. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- The 1st Annual New Year's Eve Jug Drop – a FREE event in downtown Winder, Georgia. Originally Published Dec 29, 2009, 10:57am (Updated Dec 30, 2009, 1:43pm) http://www.hometowntimes.com/cumminghome/events/concerts/the-1st-annual-new-years-eve-jug-drop---a-free-eve.shtml
- Kokomo prepares for New Year’s Eve ball drop http://www.kokomoperspective.com/lifestyles/article_68aafd84-f580-11de-8c70-001cc4c03286.html
- Kokomo Tribune: Techno Cats' ball drop highlights New Year's Eve http://www.kokomotribune.com/local/local_story_364231414.html
- "Kokomo prepares for New Year’s Eve ball drop". Kokomo Perspective. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- WTHItv(.com)New year watermelon drop http://www.wthitv.com/dpp/news/news_wthi_Vincennes_NewYearWatermelonDrop_200812081852
- Courier-Journal(.com): Indiana city prepares for annual New Year's Eve watermelon drop http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20101225/NEWS02/312250047/Indiana-city-prepares-for-annual-New-Year-s-Eve-watermelon-drop
- [dead link]
- Vincennes Sun Commercial Online: Indiana's first newspaper http://www.vincennes.com
- Bangor Daily News(.com): Downtown Bangor rings in 2010 http://www.bangordailynews.com/detail/133935.html
- Boston(.com): A sardine will drop in Maine http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2006/12/29/a_sardine_will_drop_in_maine/
- Sarah Gilbert Fox (December 2, 2010). "Must-Attend New Year's Eve Balls In Baltimore". Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2013-01-08.
- "FirstNight Talbot". Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- Welsh, Sean (2010-12-31). "New Years Eve Duck Drop!!!". Havre de Grace, MD Patch (Patch Media). Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Havre de Grace Tourism – Harford County, Maryland Travel and Trips". Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- Welsh, Sean (2010-11-17). "Havre de Grace Holiday Schedule Announced". Havre de Grace, MD Patch (Patch Media). Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- Welsh, Sean (2010-12-23). "Havre de Grace Prepares for Duck Drop, Fireworks". Havre de Grace, MD Patch. Patch Media. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Events". Ocean City, Maryland. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- Pitts, Jonathan (2011-12-30). "On New Year's Eve, some Maryland towns will drop anything but a glittering ball". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "New Year's Eve block party with 'puck drop' in downtown Ann Arbor is a go". MILive.com. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
- "Detroit rings in 2013 with 'D Burst' drop". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
- WZZM ONLINE: http://www.wzzm13.com/news/story.aspx?storyid=103393&catid=14
- "Frankie Ballard to play HOT New Year's Eve Party". WZZM13. 2010-12-22. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Ludington prepares for first ever ball drop". WZZM13. 2009-12-31. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- Baker, Jill McLane (December 2009). "Ball drop is latest addition to New Year's Fest, in its 24th year in downtown Kalamazoo". Kalamazoo Gazette. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Dropping a ball in Kalamazoo on New Year's ... boring!". Kalamazoo Gazette. December 2009. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "New Year's Eve Ball Drop Celebration". Pure Michigan Travel. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "New Year's Eve in Ludington, Winter Ball Drop, Shopping, Dining in Downtown Ludington". Advantage Marketing & Publications, Inc. 2012-03-23. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "New Year's ball drop moved to Sixth St. after complaints". C & G Publishing. November 24, 2010. Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2013-01-08.
- "TC prepares cherry drop". Traverse City Record-Eagle. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- [dead link]
- Schwartz, Alison. "Snooki's New Year's Eve Ball to Drop in New Jersey", People, December 31, 2010. Accessed July 13, 2011.
- Fink, James (2006-12-22). "New Ford model to drop New Year's Eve". Buffalo – Business First. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Buffalo Ball Drop Will Rock New Year's Eve!". WKBW News 7 (Buffalo, NY). 2010-12-14. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- Town offers family alternative to New Year's Eve. Springville Journal. Retrieved 2010-12-19.
- Boose, Josh (2010-12-29). WNY Plans For Big Crowds on New Year's Eve. wgrz.com. Retrieved 2010-12-29.
- Times Square Ball info[dead link]
- "LSG to Help Create a Permanent LED Times Square Ball". LEDinside. TrendForce. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
- ADAM WARNER, MICHELLE MANETTI, AND MEREDITH DELISO (2010-12-22). Our guide for not making rookie mistakes on New Year's Eve. The Brooklyn Paper. Retrieved 2010-12-31.
- THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE CITY OF NIAGARA FALLS http://www.niagarafalls.ca/about_niagara_falls/events_calendar/index.asp
- Hard Rock Cafe NIAGARA FALLS USA http://www.hardrock.com/locations/cafes3/events.aspx?LocationID=108&MIBEnumID=3&eventID=44751
- Bertola, David (December 31, 2012). Why the ball is dropped on New Year's Eve. Business First. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
- "First Night CNY". Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- Bailey, John (2007-01-01). White Plains Rings In 2007 With Festive Block Party & Ball Drop. White Plains Citizen Net Reporter. Retrieved 2010-12-19.
- "Town of Black Creek, North Carolina". Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "New Years Eve Celebrations in North Carolina, South Carolina: First Footing: First Night: Fireworks: Hogmanay". Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- DeLong, Bob. "Opossum Capital of the World". Clay's Corner. Brasstown, North Carolina. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- NC greets New Year with giant acorn, pickle, flea. WRAL. Retrieved 2010-12-31.
- Perlmutt, David (2009-12-28). "Crown raising will cap uptown's First Night". The Charlotte Observer Newspaper. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Center City Data & Statistics". Charlotte Center City Partners. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Welcome to Mt. Olive Pickles – That's Picklicious!". Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Pickle drop Sunday at 7 p.m". Goldsboro News-Argus. 2006-12-29. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "New Years Eve Celebrations in North Carolina, South Carolina: First Footing: First Night: Fireworks: Hogmanay". Carolinaconnoisseur.com. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Home". First Night Raleigh. 2011-12-31. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Acorn drops; 2010 begins". WRAL. 2010-01-01. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Giant acorn drop nears 20 years". ABC11/WTVD (ABC). 2009-12-28. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- Celebrate the New Year with the Carolina Hurricanes. Press release (2009-12-08). Retrieved 2010-12-29.
- PoliSigh (2006-12-31). "Faith and Politics". Street Prophets. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- Associated Press (2008-12-31). Pickle, Peach, Carp Drops Mark New Year. CBS News. Retrieved 2010-12-31.
- "Walleye Drop". Port Clinton, Ohio: Walleye Madness. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- [dead link]
- Day, Matt (January 1, 2013). Starting the New Year right. Niagara Falls Review. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
- "New Year's Eve celebrations: What's dropping where". December 2009. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Akron waiting for the shoe to drop". LancasterOnline. 2006-12-22. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- Schalk, Kiernan. New Year's events planned locally. Lewistown Sentinel. 31 December 2008.
- Candy Addict.com: Giant Yellow Peep Drop and Peep Research http://candyaddict.com/blog/2006/01/03/giant-yellow-peep-drop-and-peep-research/
- This year the Peep drops twice: The 100-pound fiberglass bird signals end of the first Peeps Fest and the start of 2010. http://articles.mcall.com/2010-01-01/news/4503005_1_artsquest-steel-ice-center-first-night By Arlene Martinez OF THE MORNING CALL
- ChristmasCity.org – Bethlehem, Pennsylvania – Homepage http://www.christmascity.org/peeps
- Wrench Drop To Join New Year's Events – Holidays News Story – WGAL Lancaster[dead link]
- "Family Entertainment on New Years Eve". First Night Bradford. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "First Night Carlisle". Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Events". Visit Lebanon County PA. 2012-03-17. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- Lebanon Daily News(.com): Cornwall to drop cannonball http://www.ldnews.com/lebanonnews/ci_16958084
- New Year's Eve events. WHP-TV. Retrieved 2010-12-31.
- Crayola’s ‘extreme’ New Year’s eve plans. Retrieved December 30, 2011.
- Where to find a New Year's ball drop. WIVB-TV. Retrieved December 31, 2012.
- "Midstate drops everything to ring in 2009". Pennlive.com. The Associated Press. 2008-12-30. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- Harrisburg New Year's Eve Celebration[dead link]
- "www.HersheyNewYears.org". Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "City won't drop the ball on New Year's, but see what others drop". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 2012-03-17. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Fry falls into 2008". Perry County Times. 2008. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "New Year's Eve celebrations: What's dropping where". PennLive.com. December 2009. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- Lisburn[dead link]
- "Liverpool 2003 Postcards". 2003-01-31. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Events Calendar". Retrieved 2013-01-08.
- "Four Years All In A Day: McClure, Pennsylvania Est. 1867". Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "The Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce". Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- Middletown Matters Neswletter – Fall/Winter 2005 – New Year’s Eve Celebration
- http://www.palmyra250.com[dead link]
- [dead link]
- [dead link]
- "Welcome 2010 Shamokin crowd sees coal drop". News Item. 2010-01-02. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "City of York, Pennsylvania". Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Hilton Head Vacation Rentals | Hotels | Golf from The Sea Pines Resort". Hilton Head Island, SC. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Gatlinburg attractions – Gatlinburg events – Gatlinburg calendar of events". Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Smoky Mountains – Gatlinburg, TN". Gatlinburg, Tennessee: Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "First Night Knoxville". 2011-12-31. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "New Year's Eve events in Roanoke". The Roanoke Times. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Boy Scout Changes the way Charlottesville Celebrates New Year's Eve". Charlottesville News Plex. 2008-12-19. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Giant Moon Pie taking shape for New Year's celebration". Mobile Press-Register (al.com). 2008-12-21. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Peaches and Pickles Drop in on New Year’s Eve in the South". 2010-12-15. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- City of Mobile: World’s Largest MoonPie to Rise Over Mobile for New Year ‘s Eve http://www.cityofmobile.org/news.php?view=full&news=1489
- Fairhope cancels New Year's Eve event: http://blog.al.com/pr-community-news/2010/09/fairhope_cancels_new_years_eve_event.html
- "Welcome to the City of Fairhope". City of Fairhope. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "City of Wetumpka". Wetumpka Library. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Last Night Fayetteville". Last Night Fayetteville. Retrieved 2013-11-26.
- [dead link]
- New Year's Eve events. WEAR-TV. Retrieved December 31, 2012.
- First Ever New Year’s Beach Ball Drop in Panama City Beach http://pcbdaily.com/first-ever-new-years-beach-ball-drop-in-panama-city-beach
- PCBDaily(.com): Pier Park Beach Ball Drop 2010 [Schedule] http://pcbdaily.com/pier-park-nye-2010-schedule
- AboutDotCom: Family New Years Eve Celebrations: Beach Ball Ready to Drop in Panama City Beach
- "Beach Ball Ready to Drop in Panama City Beach". WJHG. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- Family New Years Eve Celebrations By Teresa Plowright, About.com Guide http://travelwithkids.about.com/od/christmasholidays/ss/family_new_years_eve_2.htm
- "Pensacola Pelican Drop 2012". Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- [dead link]
- "Little Apple New Year Eve Ball Drop". Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Manhattan Convention & Visitors Bureau". Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- [dead link]
- "New Orleans New Year 2012". Crescent City Countdown. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- December 14, 2010 (2010-12-14). "A NOLA New Year’s Eve 2010". Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- Main Street Columbus Website: Having A Ball Downtown New Year's Eve Block Party http://www.columbusmainstreet.com/event/new-years-eve-block-party-0
- "Olive Drop". Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Opening Night". Arts Council OKC. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Opening Night – Oklahoma City's Downtown New Year's Eve Celebration". Oklahoma City About.com. 2012-04-28. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "New Year's Eve ball to drop at KJRH studios during Brookside party in Tulsa". KJRH. 2010-12-31. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Memphis attractions – Blues Music Memphis". Beale Street, Memphis TN. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "New Year's Eve Events in Memphis – Memphis Area New Year Events – New Year's in Memphis". Memphis About.com. 2011-12-30. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "New Year's guitar drop planned for downtown Nashville". WKRN, Nashville, Tennessee News, Weather and Sports. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Music City Bash on Broadway — Celebrate New Year's Eve in Nashville". Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Get ready for Nashville's New Year's Eve Bash". The Tennessean. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
- "As a ball drops in New York... the lone star will rise over Houston". Houston Lone Star Rising 2009. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "New Year's Noon Bash". The Children's Museum of Houston. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- Bigger ball, party will drop downtown on New Year's Eve http://www.themonitor.com/articles/new-33306-year-downtown.html
- "Plymouth Arts Center". Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Events". Plymouth Chamber located in Plymouth Wisconsin. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- Plymouth Arts Center: Big Cheese Drop http://www.plymoutharts.org/special/NewYears/newYearsEve.html
- America's Byways Press Room December 31, 2008 – New Year's Eve Annual Carp-dropping on Wisconsin's Great River Road http://www.byways.org/press/news/travel/2008/1384
- [dead link]
- "New Year's Eve Pine Cone Drop". Whatsonwhen. Flagstaff, Arizona, USA. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Charly's Pub". Weatherford Hotel. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Tempe Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Block Party". 12News (Azcentral.com). 2005-12-01. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "A Southwest New Year's Eve – New Year's Eve in the Southwest United States". Go SouthWest About.com. 2009-12-31. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: BCS Bowl Game". 2011-12-31. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- Fiesta Bowl Parade
- "12/31: Insight Fiesta Bowl Block Party". Azcentral.com. 2007-12-12. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- Dieterich, Sean (December 31, 2011). City to drop a card for New Year’s Eve. White Mountain Independent. Retrieved January 11, 2012.
- Plestina, John (January 2, 2010). Low-tech lowering: Downtown T.F. ball drop slips into sixth year. Twin Falls Times-News. Retrieved December 30, 2011.
- Lopez, Tom (2006-12-30). Twin Gets Set to Drop Ball on New Year's Eve. KMVT. Retrieved 2010-12-19.
- Hutchins, Virginia (2011-12-30). "EDITOR'S PICKS: Three Great Ways to Enjoy Your Weekend". Magic Valley: Twin Falls, Idaho news, sports, entertainment, jobs, classifieds and advertising. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Calendar". Visit the Needle. Space Needle. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Fun Facts". Discover the Needle. Space Needle. 1999-04-21. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- Will Sacramento drop the ball?
- "New Year's Eve ball drop off, fireworks on". Sacramento Press. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- New Year's Eve Big Cheese Drop in Plymouth, WI
- Gripman, Abbie (2006-12-20). "Visitors downtown entertained by carolers". Arizona Daily Sun. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2006-12-31.
- "OCNYE – OrangeDrop 2007". Retrieved 2006-12-31.
- Pollack, Susan (2006-12-20). "Plan a getaway for New Year's Eve". Detroit News. Retrieved 2006-12-31.
- "New Year's Eve Celebrations 2004". Local10. Retrieved 2006-12-31.
- "Peach Drop". Retrieved 2006-12-31.
- "Manhattan News" (PDF). Retrieved 2006-12-31.[dead link]
- "Bangor New Year's Eve". Retrieved 2006-12-31.
- "Ocean City, Maryland: Department of Tourism". Retrieved 2006-12-31.
- Kiehl, Stephen (2006-12-30). "Havre de Grace duck stays aloft for new year". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2006-12-31.[dead link]
- "Marquette Fairs & Festivals – New Year's Eve Ball Drop". Retrieved 2006-12-31.
- Parry, Wayne (1999-12-30). "Fake fish, giant pickles, flaming farm animals to help ring in". Topeka Capital-Journal. Retrieved 2006-12-31.
- Spina, Matthew (2006-12-23). "Ball drop to feature plenty of 'eye candy'". Buffalo News. Archived from the original on 2007-01-17. Retrieved 2006-12-31.
- "Clay's Corner – Brasstown, North Carolina". Retrieved 2006-12-31.
- "Pickle drop Sunday at 7 p.m.". Goldsboro News-Argus. 2006-12-29. Retrieved 2006-12-31.
- "First Night to Start 2007 with Bang". WRAL. 2006-12-29. Retrieved 2006-12-31.
- "Walleye Madness at Midnight, Port Clinton, Ohio". Retrieved 2006-12-31.
- Carroll, Rebecca (2006-12-22). "Akron waiting for the shoe to drop". Lancaster New Era. Retrieved 2006-12-31.
- "First Night Bethlehem". Retrieved 2006-12-31.
- "Wrench Drop to Join New Year's Events". WGAL. 2004-12-30. Retrieved 2006-12-31.
- Sentinel staff (2006-12-26). "Getting ready for next party". Carlisle Sentinel. Retrieved 2006-12-31.
- Rhen, Brad. "Towns to ring in '07 with parties". Lebanon Daily News. Retrieved 2006-12-31.
- "Get the Drop on Susquehanna Valley New Year's Celebrations". WGAL. 2005-12-30. Retrieved 2006-12-31.
- Batz, Jr, Bob (2006-12-27). "City won't drop the ball on New Year's, but see what others drop". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2006-12-31.
- "Liverpool 2003 Postcards". Liverpool Historians. Retrieved 2006-12-31.
- McMinn, Teresa (2006-12-30). "Bird's-eye view of countdown". York Daily Record. Retrieved 2006-12-31.
- Feeney, Jim (2006-12-23). "First Night celebration just what revitalized W-B needs". Times Leader. Retrieved 2006-12-31.[dead link]
- Parker, Brock (2006-12-29). "First Night forecast: Rain". York Dispatch. Retrieved 2006-12-31.
- "Gatlinburg Events". Retrieved 2006-12-31.
- "First Night Fredericksburg". Retrieved 2006-12-31.
- "Carp Drop Becomes a Midwestern New Year's Ritual". WFRV. 2006-12-31. Archived from the original on 2006-12-30. Retrieved 2006-12-31.
- "Lehigh Valley Flush with New Year". Retrieved 2011-12-26.