Why we love it: Because one, it’s a pelican, and pelicans are one of our favorite birds. Two, because this attention to detail: the 14-foot Pensacola Pelican is covered with more than 2,000 hand-cut, shining feathers and 2,500 lights. That’s art.
Why we love it: If you don’t know what a MoonPie is, it’s time to get down to Alabama’s charming and delightful Gulf city of Mobile and get educated. The dropped MoonPie is not made of sugar, but electronics, and it weighs 600 pounds!
3 of 13Photo: Tesa Nicolanti at 2Wired2Tired
Panama City Beach, Florida
What they drop: Beach balls … a lot of beach balls
Why we love it: Because this fun-loving Florida city does New York City better… by a factor of 10,000. At 8 p.m., Panama City Beach drops 10,000 inflated beach balls over a family-friendly crowd of revelers. Four hours later, they drop a huge glowing one for the hard-core partiers.
Why we love it: Because coastal Maine is awesome 365 days a year, but you’ve got to love a church that drops a clam from its church belfry to mark the New Year (clam aficionados might recognize that smile being that of Steamer, the Yarmouth Clam Festival mascot).
6 of 13Photo courtesy of Tides Institute & Museum of Art
Why we love it: Because this little island enclave parked on the Canadian border not only drops an eight-foot version of the little swimmer that marks its history as a fishing town, but precedes that with the lowering of an enormous red maple leaf to honor Canada’s New Year in the next time zone over (meaning Eastport drops the leaf at 11 p.m.). Word is that kissing the sardine brings good luck.
7 of 13Photo courtesy of Divion 1, Susquehanna Hose Company