fireworksIs watching the brightly lit ball drop in New York City’s Times Square on your travel list?  It has been on mine for as long as I can remember. 

Unfortunately, a New Year’s Eve trip to New York City isn’t on my agenda anytime soon.  Until then, there are plenty of different objects being dropped around the south that we can watch on New Year’s Eve.  These New Year’s Eve celebrations are great because most include a family friendly event held earlier in the day.  

Pensacola Pelican Drop – Pensacola, Florida

The Pelican Drop, held in Downtown Pensacola, begins with a family friendly New Year’s Eve celebration that includes face painting, a countdown, bubble stomp and confetti.  At midnight, the Pelican will descend and there will be a fireworks show. 


Moon Pie Over Mobile – Mobile, Alabama

If you have been to a Mardi Gras event anywhere in the south, you know that Moon Pies are a popular “throw” during parades.  This will be the 4th year that a 600lb electronic Moon Pie will descend from the RSA Bank Trust at midnight.  There will be live music, a parade and fireworks during the downtown celebration.

New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop – Panama City Beach, Florida

See the 800lb glowing beach ball drop over Pier Park in Panama City Beach.  There is a family celebration that ends with an inflated Beach Ball Drop and fireworks at 8:00pm.  This is perfect timing to get the little ones home and in bed!  There will be live music and at midnight the ball will drop with fireworks.

New Year’s Eve Pickle Drop – Mount Olive, North Carolina

The Mt. Olive Pickle Company, Inc will hold the 13th annual pickle drop on New Year’s Eve at 7pm EST, which is midnight Greenwich Mean Time.  Watch the countdown, listen to live music and enjoy Mt. Olive pickles!

Peach Drop – Atlanta, Georgia

I can’t think of a better object to drop in Atlanta on New Year’s Eve than a peach.  There will be family friendly activities like face painting, balloon artists, carnival rides and live music (including Kansas!).  The event is located at Underground Atlanta.

19th Annual Dropping of the Conch Shell – Key West, Florida

Every year, the crowd gathers to watch a Conch shell drop from Sloppy Joe’s bar.  The Conch shell is 6 feet tall.  When midnight strikes, the Conch shell will drop and confetti will fall.

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