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Published: December 2019
Only in the South: Celebrate the Arrival of 2020 with Unique New Year's Eve Drops  



New York City may have its New Year's Eve ball drop at One Times Square, but only in the South can you welcome in the new year with everything from a MoonPie to a pickle to a flea, among other assorted items.

Here's a quick look at the more unique drops happening around the region.

It's a known fact that food plays an essential role in the South, and that sentiment extends into New Year's Eve drops.

  • The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum in Biloxi, Mississippi, holds an Oyster Ball Drop, with a firework show afterward. 

  • Mobile, Alabama, hosts MoonPie Over Mobile. The highlight, of course, is the 600-pound electric pie that's lowered to welcome in 2020. It may also be the only drop that has a song written about it.

  • Brewton, Alabama, home to the annual Alabama Blueberry Festival, offers a Blueberry Drop to celebrate toe the new year.

  • Downtown Dothan, Alabama, welcomes in the new year by staying true to its "Peanut Capital of the World" title, with a  large illuminated peanut is lowered to usher in 2020.

  • Celebrate the arrival of 2020 with a giant, illuminated shrimp at Amelia Island, Florida's New Year's Eve Shrimp Drop.

  • An orange balloon, representing a tangerinedrops in Brookville, Florida, on New Year's Eve at 9 p.m. The tangerine is a nod to the city's past role in the citrus industry. 

  •  A Lighted Pineapple Drop is how Sarasota, Florida, welcomes in 2020. 

  • Ring in 2020 in Miami, Florida, as the "Big Orange," a 35-foot neon smiling orange ascends the side of the InterContinental Hotel. 

  • Sloppy Joe's in Key West, Florida, sponsors the Dropping of the Conch Shell to celebrate the start of a new year.

  • Honoring its annual blueberry festival, downtown Burgaw, North Carolina, puts on the Blueberry Drop at 7 p.m., midnight Greenwich Mean Time. 

  • Home to Mt. Olive Pickle CompanyMount Olive, North Carolina, lowers a glowing 3-foot pickle down a 45-foot flagpole at 7 p.m., midnight Greenwich Mean Time.

  • Downtown Morehead City, North Carolina, holds two Crab Pot Drops, one for kids at Big Rock Landing, 6 p.m., and the other for those who can make it to midnight.


Drops in some cities and towns highlight the destination's history or personality.

  • In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the Red Stick Revelry includes a nine-foot LED lit red stick in Town Square descending to signal the arrival of 2020.

  •  New Orleans welcomes in the new year with an eight-foot-tall fleur-de-lis drop from the top of the Jax Brewery Company.

  •  The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama, celebrates the new year with its annual Marlin Drop.

  • Nashville pays homage to its musical heritage with the Music Note Drop

  • As the site of the annual Geranium Festival, McDonough, Georgia, rings in the new year with the Geranium Drop.

  • With respects to its Bavarian atmosphere, Helen, Georgia, hosts the Dropping of the Edelweiss to celebrate 2020.

  • Start the year off with good luck as the shimmering shamrock descending from the historic Fred Roberts Building in downtown Dublin, Georgia.

  • The New Year's Eve Beach Ball Drop at Pier Park in Panama City Beach, Florida, with its 800-pound LED lighted beach ball, holds two drops, allowing those who can't quite make it to midnight enjoy an earlier celebration.

  • A pair of rather large sparkly flip-flops descend on Folly Beach, South Carolina, signaling the start of 2020.

  • Gold Nugget Drop in Marion, North Carolina, representing the state's gold history.

  • In Charlotte, North Carolina, the Queen City crown lights up during CLT New Year's Eve.

  • With the nickname "the City of Oaks," it makes sense that an acorn is lowered at First Night Raleigh (North Carolina.)

  • Mount Airy Museum of Regional History in Mt. Airy, North Carolina, aka "Mayberry," raises a sheriff badge for the start of the new year.

  • The Pony Island Horseshoe Drop on Chincoteague, Virginia, features a themed costume parade, followed by a lit horseshoe to start the new year.


Then there are the more unusual drops across the South.

  • Tallapoosa, Georgia, is home to the state's largest family-friendly New Year's Eve celebration whose highlight is lowering a stuffed possum.

  • Perry, Georgia, rings in 2020 with the Perry Buzzard Drop.

  • North Carolina is home the flea drop in Eastover.

  •  Newport, North Carolina, welcomes in 2020 with a pig drop.


 photo New Year's Eve Beach Ball Drop at Pier Park in Panama City Beach, Florida, personal collection

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