10 Crazy New Year's Eve Drops

Sure, you can watch the ball drop from New York City’s Times Square—or you can head to one of these other destinations to witness something more unusual.

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Guitar Drop, Memphis, Tenn.

The Hard Rock Cafe on Beale Street rings in the New Year in Memphis with its annual guitar drop. The 10-foot Gibson guitar is dropped more than 100 feet as part of a televised event that includes live music performances for a crowd of more than 50,000 revelers.

Giant Acorn Drop, Raleigh, N.C.

Each December 31 a giant copper acorn, the official monument commemorating the bicentennial of “the City of Oaks,” is transported from Raleigh’s Moore Square to the roof of the Civic Center where it’s dropped to celebrate the New Year. 

Giant Onion Drop, St. George’s, Bermuda

Each year in St. George’s, Bermuda, a giant papier-mâché Bermuda onion festooned in holiday lights is dropped in front of the town hall.

Electric Moon Pie Drop, Mobile, Ala.

Moon Pie Over Mobile is the annual New Year’s celebration in Mobile, Ala. Festivities include  the cutting of the world’s largest Moon Pie and the dropping of a 600-pound, electric, fully-lit Moon Pie at midnight.

Peach Drop, Atlanta, Ga.

At the biggest New Year’s Eve celebration in the Southeast, Atlantans drop a giant peach at midnight. 

Orange Drop, Miami, Fla.

It may look like a ball from a distance, but in Miami, revelers ring in the New Year with the dropping of The Big Orange. 

Clam Drop, Yarmouth, Maine

Every December 31, Yarmouth's First Universalist Church lowers a giant clam named Steamer 25 feet from the bell tower.

Giant Potato Drop, Boise, Idaho

This year will be the 5th annual potato drop in Boise, Idaho. From 1 p.m. to 1 a.m., ring in the new year with food trucks, a beer garden, fireworks, and of course, the potato drop in front of the Idaho State Capitol.

Pickle Drop, Mount Olive, N.C.

Described by the sponsor as “dill-lightful,” the Mount Olive Pickle Company hosts an annual New Year’s Eve fundraiser to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Festivities include live music and the 7 p.m. drop of a giant, fully-lit pickle at the corner of Cucumber & Vine.

Cow Drop, Marietta, Ga

Marietta’s New Year’s Eve festivities include ice sculpting, "cosmic golf" and the dropping of the Georgia-born franchise Chick-fil-A Cow.

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