The Best New Year’s Celebrations on the Coast (And What They Drop!)
What they drop: A pelican
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.
What they drop: A MoonPie
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!
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.
What they drop: An orange
Why we love it: Because it involves an orange wearing sunglasses, and that's the only reason we need.
What they drop: A clam
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).
What they drop: A sardine
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.
Havre de Grace, Maryland
What they drop: A duck
Why that’s awesome: Because no ducks were harmed in the making of this Chesapeake Bay drop. It’s actually a duck decoy made of lights.
What they drop: A crab
Why that’s awesome: Because this Eastern Shore town doubles down on the fun (and crustraceans) at First Night Talbot and drops two crabs … one at 9 p.m., one at midnight.
Key West, Florida
What they drop: A conch shell, a Key Lime wedge, a pirate wench, and a drag queen named Sushi in a six-foot-tall red high-heeled shoe
Why we love it: Need we say more than that? A giant conch shell, a giant Key Lime, and a giant shoe add up to the most eclectic celebration of the year.
Fernandina Beach, Florida
What they drop: A shrimp
Why we love it: Because the shrimp is lit with LEDs, making it an eco-friendly drop of the highest order.
St. George, Bermuda
What they drop: An onion
Why we love it: Because a massive Bermuda onion accompanied by music, food, and fireworks makes for one festive island-style countdown.
Traverse City, Michigan
What they drop: A cherry
Why that’s awesome: Because all hail Great Lakes panache in mid-winter. We salute you, Traverse City, and hope you’re really bundled up this December 31st!
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
What they drop: A golf ball
Why we love it: Because the golf ball drops from a lighthouse, which sums up the beauty of life on Hilton Head in one perfect mashup.