Geography/variety of dropped objects on New Year’s Eve


Traverse City Cherry Drop – Source: michigan.org

It appears that dropping various objects is the vogue thing to do in the United States for New Year’s Eve. Here’s a list of the variety and geography of the items being dropped for 2018. This list only includes those being dropped (not raised) outdoors at midnight.

As can be gleaned from the list, a lot of places in Pennsylvania like to drop objects for the holiday, though Pennsylvania wins for the widest variety of things being dropping, including items like yellow britches, bologna, and stuffed/replica animals. Balls are the most common form of celebratory dropping throughout the county. In many cases, the items being dropped represents something important to the local economy, folklore, culture, or history – bologna in Lebanon, PA or a beach ball in Panama City, FL for example.

Any additions, updates, and/or corrections to the list are appreciated.

Acorn

Raleigh, North Carolina

Anchor

Shippensburg, Pennsylvania

Apple

  • Cornelia, Georgia
  • Manhattan, Kansas

Ball

  • Austin, Texas
  • Binghamton, New York
  • Buffalo, New York
  • Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • Destin, Florida
  • Fairhope, Alabama
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Fort Smith, Arkansas
  • Gatlinburg, Tennessee
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Hamburg, New York
  • Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Kokomo, Indiana
  • Ludington, Michigan
  • Marquette, Michigan
  • McAllen, Texas
  • Media, Pennsylvania
  • Muncie, Indiana
  • New Carlisle, Ohio
  • New York City, New York
  • North Tonawanda, New York
  • Orchard Park, New York
  • Royal Oak, Michigan
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Twin Falls, Idaho
  • White Plains, New York
  • Wilson, New York
  • Yellow Springs, Ohio

Bayer Aspirin

Myerstown, Pennsylvania

Beach Ball

  • Bangor, Maine
  • Ocean City, Maryland
  • Panama City, Florida

Bear (stuffed)

Boyertown, Pennsylvania

Beaver (stuffed)

Beaverton, Pennsylvania

Blueberry

Kennebunk, Maine

Bologna

Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Boot

Prescott, Arizona

Box Huckleberry

New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania

Bridge

Maysville, Pennsylvania

Button

Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Canal Boat

Liverpool, Pennsylvania

Cannonball

Cornwall, Pennsylvania

Carp

Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin

Cedar

Cedar Falls, Iowa

Cheese Wedge

Plymouth, Wisconsin

Cherry

  • Traverse City, Michigan
  • Sister Bay, Wisconsin

Cherry Blossom Ball

Macon, Georgia

Chili Pepper

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Chicken (stuffed)

Gainesville, Georgia

Cigar

  • Richland, Pennsylvania
  • Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania

Coal to Diamond

  • Shamokin, Pennsylvania
  • Wiles-Barre, Pennsylvania

Cow (wooden)

Blain, Pennsylvania

Crab 

Easton, Maryland

Diamond

Des Plaines, Illinois

Disco Ball

Baltimore, Maryland

Doughnut

Hagerstown, Maryland

Duck Decoy

Harve de Grace, Maryland

Flea

Eastover, North Carolina

Fleur-de-lis

New Orleans, Louisiana

French Fry

Ickesburg, Pennsylvania

Giant “D”

Detroit, Michigan

Goat (stuffed)

Falmouth, Pennsylvania

Golf Ball

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Gondola

South Lake Tahoe, California

Grapes

Temecula, California

Guitar

  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • Niagara Falls, New York

Heart

Black Creek, North Carolina

Hemlock Tree

Halifax, Pennsylvania

Hog

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Ice Cream Cake

McVeytown, Pennsylvania

IndyCar

Indianapolis, Indiana

Jug

Winder, Georgia
East Petersburg, Pennsylvania

Key

Frederick, Maryland (home of Francis Scott Key)

Liberty Bell Replica

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Lollipop

Hummelstown, Pennsylvania

Moon Pie

Mobile, Alabama

Mushroom

Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Music Note

Nashville, Tennessee

Muskrat (stuffed)

Princess Anne, Maryland

Olive

Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Orange

  • Miami, Florida
  • Orange County, California
  • Orlando, Florida

Pac-Man

Hanover, Pennsylvania

Peach

Atlanta, Georgia

Peanut

Dothan, Alabama

Pear

Fredericksburg, Virginia

Peep

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Pelican

Pensacola, Florida

Pickle

Dillsburg, Pennsylvania

Pineapple

Sarasota, Florida

Pine Cone

Flagstaff, Arizona

Ping Pong Balls

Strasburg, Pennsylvania

Popcorn Ball

  • Chagrin Falls, Ohio
  • Marion, Ohio

Possum (stuffed)

Tallapoosa, Georgia

Potato

Boise, Idaho

Potato Chips

Lewistown, Pennsylvania

Rose

York, Pennsylvania

Sardine

Eastport, Maine

Sausage

Elmore, Ohio

Shoe

Palmyra, Pennsylvania

Sled

Duncannon, Pennsylvania

Spring

Newville, Pennsylvania

Sprint Car

Port Royal, Pennsylvania

Star

  • Roanoke, Virginia
  • South Hill, Virginia

Strawberry

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Taco

Tucson, Arizona

Two (2) of Clubs

Show Low, Arizona

Walleye

Port Clinton, Ohio

Watermelon

Vincennes, Indiana

Wrench

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

Yellow Britches

Lisburn, Pennsylvania

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