I remember when I was a child. I would get all psyched up about staying up until midnight on New Year’s Eve as soon as Christmas Day was over. I couldn’t wait to sit in front of the tele and watch the gleaming, glittering ball drop in Times Square. I don’t know if it was the build-up of excitement for nearly a week or just being elated at the thought of a new year (and a new date to remember to write down!), but I can count on one hand the amount of times that I actually stayed awake until 12:00am.
I began researching the history of ball-dropping ceremonies throughout the United States and Canada and came across a ton of celebrations that enjoy New Year’s Eve festivities in their own way including the dropping and raising of giant replica food items and even a live rodent. I love the thought of fun, unique ways to ring in the new year, and I’ve compiled a list of 20 of my favorites.
Raleigh, North Carolina
Panama City Beach, Florida
New Orleans, Louisiana
Brasstown, North Carolina
Niagara Falls, New York
Miami, Florida & Orange County, Florida
St. Georges, Bermuda
The traditional onion drop takes place in Hamilton’s Old Town followed by a laser show. A giant onion decked out in lights slowly drops as fans ring in the new year. Why an onion? Bermuda was known as the ‘onion patch’ in the 1800’s compliments of the enormous amount of them imported into the U.S.