Objects that are dropped
- Mobile, Alabama — A Moon Pie. The delicious treat originated in Alabama and is now dropped as a 350-pound electronic replica of our favorite snack!
- Dillsburg, Pennsylvania — A Dill Pickle. Quite fitting, if we say so ourselves. This pickle comes complete with a top hat.
- Eastport, Maine — A Sardine. Paying homage to the fish industry in Maine, an 8-foot sardine is dropped at midnight.
- Bethlehem, Pennsylvania — A Giant Peep. Yes, the traditional marshmallow chick is all decked out with flashing lights and an array of colors to be dropped on New Year's.
- Eastover, North Carolina — A Flea. You read that right — a flea is dropped in Eastover. Why? Well, up until the 1920s the town was called "Flea Hill." We're guessing they want to remember the name, though we don't understand why.
- Bartlesville, Oklahoma — An Olive. This one's our favorite — not only is witnessing an olive falling from the sky a once-in-a-lifetime experience, it actually lands in a giant martini glass. Cheers!
- Macon, Georgia — A Cherry. Home of more than 300,000 cherry trees, Macon finds it appropriate to drop a giant cherry blossom replica to ring in the New Year.
- Honolulu, Hawaii — A Pineapple. We wouldn't expect anything less. A fairly new tradition, the Kahala Hotel is planning on keeping this tradition up for years to come.
- Flagstaff, Arizona — A Pinecone. Flagstaff just so happens to be located on one of the world's largest Ponderosa Pine forests. To show appreciation, they drop a glittery pinecone each year.
- Plymouth, Wisconsin — Cheese. An 80-pound slice of Styrofoam is spray-painted yellow and dropped from the sky. If only this were real.
- Seaside Heights, New Jersey — Snooki. Need we say more?
And a few that are raised
- Seattle, Washington — The Space Needle Elevator. The elevator is raised at midnight, followed by an enchanting fireworks display.
- Vincennes, Indiana — A Watermelon. Look out below! Once the watermelon gets to the top, it opens up to release 12 real watermelons, creating quite the mess down below.
- Hershey, Pennsylvania — A Hershey's Kiss, of course. The raising of the kiss is followed by a fireworks show.
Happy New Year!
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