These venues across the United States host unique New Years celebrations


With each passing year, a new one inaugurates public celebrations that become annual traditions. All over the United States there are towns and villages that have put together some memorable ways to ring in the New Year.

From fun countdowns to colorful festivities, this is how New Years Eve, and even New Years Day, is recognized across America. (Editor’s Note: Due to the current pandemic, please check first for event updates and Covid-19 related mandates to attend.)

On its eighth anniversary, this New Mexico city has a Chilean light fixture illuminated at midnight on New Years Eve in its downtown area on North Main Street. Onlookers will be surprised to know if it will turn red or green, which are the two colors these peppers could come in. This year, the organizers of Gout are letting the public have a say in what goes on by scanning a QR code and voting until 11 p.m. that night.

While the tradition of that drop began in 2008, Mobile’s ties to The MoonPie go back further. During a 1956 Mardi Gras parade, this snack cake became a traditional throw for parade-watchers. These days, a giant banana-colored MoonPie sign is raised to a height of 200 feet and then dropped when the clock strikes midnight.

In what is considered the oldest continuous folk parade in the United States, the Mummers Parade takes place on New Years Day. Philadelphians dress in colorful costumes to stroll along Broad Street amid concerts, dance and theatrical performances. This tradition of the Mummers Parade is rooted in traditions brought by European immigrants in the 17th century. The city’s first official New Year’s Day parade dates from 1901.

Now in its ninth year, this Idaho Potato Drop takes place on New Years Eve in downtown Boise at the Idaho State Capitol. The evening’s festivities kick off with a musical performance on the main stage of Grown In Idaho. There is also a snow park where athletes will exhibit their skiing and snowboarding skills, food trucks, a beer garden and other live artistic performances.

To enter the beer garden, proof of vaccination or a negative test result within 72 hours is required. A VIP experience is also available for a $ 100 ticket (all proceeds will go to charity for the event), inside a bright, heated tent. One ticket includes a free drink, hors d’oeuvres and a chance to win raffle prizes.

Niagara Falls, New York

By Saturday January 1, 2022, Niagara Falls is illuminated at night in a range of colors. It also inaugurates 2021 and rings 2022 with a bang. At Niagara Falls State Park, fireworks will be staged every night at 10 p.m., but on New Years Eve there will be two special shows at 9 p.m. and midnight. The best vantage point is at Prospect Point in the park.

All exhibits are open to the public and admission to Niagara Falls State Park is free. Visitors can enjoy the park’s new illuminated display titled “Inspired by Nature”. It showcases the colors and movements of nature, including sunrises, northern lights, rainbows and sunsets. The five minute light display will play three times over the half hour, starting at 9:30 p.m. then at 10:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.

Water Clock, Indianapolis Children’s Museum

This family-friendly attraction sets up a New Years Eve tradition of what is called North America’s largest Water clock countdown to New Years at noon and again at 1 p.m. on new year’s eve. It’s a little earlier than the traditional midnight countdown, but this holiday helps kids and families celebrate together long before bedtime. Tickets for this event, which also includes live music, must be purchased in advance.

In Eastport, Maine, you’ll encounter not one, but two festive curiosities adorned with lights: an eight-foot sardine and a giant maple leaf. It’s Eastport’s annual New Years Eve Sardine & Maple Leaf Drop, held by the Tides Institute and Museum of Art.

Today, that tradition draws many people outside of the Tides Institute in downtown Eastport to sing in the New Year, alongside a marching band playing “Auld Lang Syne”. The night begins with a nod to their Canadian neighbors at 11 pm (midnight CST) with the fall of the illuminated maple leaf and a tour of “O Canada”. Then, at 12 a.m., the iconic blue sardine, also known as the Atlantic herring and the symbol of Eastport, is jettisoned to ring the American New Year.

Las Vegas Events and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority present America’s Party 2022, the New Years Eve fireworks and entertainment show on the Las Vegas Strip at midnight on New Years Eve. Co-produced by Fireworks by Grucci, the fireworks display will be launched from eight rooftop locations.

Participating resorts include MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, ARIA Resort & Casino, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Treasure Island – TI Hotel & Casino, The Venetian Resort Las Vegas, Resorts World Las Vegas and The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod.

The Las Vegas Monorail will operate continuously from 7 a.m. on Friday, December 31st throughout New Years Day and until 3 a.m. on Sunday, January 2, 2022. Regularly priced tickets are $ 5 for a single trip, with unlimited passes. available for 24 hours, two days, three days and more starting at $ 13.

Falling fungus, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

In this part of Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Valley, the event “Midnight on the square” reflects this region’s nickname “Mushroom Capital of the World” with a drop of mushroom. Held in State and Union Streets, “Midnight in the Square” features a 700-pound lighted mushroom that will be raised just before 9 pm and then dropped off at midnight; it will be broadcast live. The event will also include live music and a laser light show.

Marlin drop, Orange Beach, Alabama

At The Wharf, a popular dining, shopping and entertainment district in Orange Beach, an event called “Reelin ‘in The New Year” gets fishy. Organized from 5:00 p.m. to midnight on New Year’s Eve, a Marlin Drop presents this “fish” deposited outside. The event also includes kid-friendly activities – some for a fee – leading up to dropping and live music. As the clock strikes midnight, fireworks and the fall of Marlin will usher in 2022.

Apple Drop, Winchester, Virginia

Winchester first night comes into the heart of the New Year with a 400-pound apple that fell over 100 feet at midnight. This one-day event is alcohol-free and family-friendly. It features comedy, live music, a dance party, and fireworks accompanying the Falling Apple. As for this apple association, Winchester is known as the “Apple Capital” because it is the largest apple growing region in Virginia and is home to countless apple orchards.

This south-central Pennsylvania city has had to make a few changes to its 2021 New Year’s Eve festivities, but their annual outdoor drop from a giant pickle still takes place. Usually a drop of baby pickle is given earlier in the evening so the little ones can have fun.

This Northwest Florida hotspot hosts two balls on New Years Eve at Pier Park. with both involving beach balls. Families with young children or early risers can attend the first Beach Ball Drop at 8 p.m. This presentation involves 10,000 inflated beach balls descending from above, floating on festival-goers below. Partygoers who want to make it until midnight can catch the second drop at this time. A giant beach ball descends into the celebration tower with each pulse of the clock until it hits the bottom. Each screening is accompanied by a post-drop fireworks display.

This chocolate city is hosting a family New Year’s Eve by raising a three-story Hershey’s Kiss in the historic Hershey Press Building. This confectionery is an aluminum “skeleton” in the shape of this famous piece of chocolate. According to the event’s website, the Falling Kiss was made from 35 laser-cut aluminum components and is seven feet tall and weighs around 300 pounds. Its famous plume brings its total height to 12 feet.


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