What's Dropping on New Year's Eve

December 29, 2017

New York City has its New Year’s Eve tradition of the ball drop at Time Square. A quick Google search reveals it’s a tradition that goes back to 1907, but the practice of marking a New Year with dropping a ball actually goes back to 1833 in Greenwich, England. While New York's may be the most famous, around the country, cities are dropping all kinds of things to celebrate the New Year.

Georgians, of course, are much more colorful and creative about what gets dropped on New Year’s Eve. Marietta has a Chicken Drop, a referemce to the famous “Big Chicken.”  Helen, in keeping with its Bavarian village vibe, has the Edelweiss Drop, and McDonough has its Geranium Drop.

Perry celebrates the New Year with the Buzzard Drop, and Villa Rica has its Gold Nuggett Drop. One of my personal favorites is the Possum Drop in Tallapoosa, when Spencer, a stuffed possum, is dropped inside a ball from the highest three-story building in Tallapoosa. I can attest to it being a really fun event.

And, of course, Atlanta has its Peach Drop, now in its 25th year. Considering all the great festival in Georgia, there’s lots of room for other “drop” opportunities. A Fire Ant Drop (Ashburn) may prove to be underwhelming, and a Skillet Drop (Quitman) ill-advised, but a Strawberry Drop (Reynolds) has some definite possibilities.

For those of us who can’t stay up that late (I always celebrate the New Year with the Australians) but want to be part of some New Year’s celebration, you can ring in the New Year with a bracing Polar Plunge at Tybee Island. With a predicted high of 40 degrees in Tybee on Monday, it should be just the thing to get you ready to take on 2018.

Happy New Year!

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