Cities and towns across America celebrate the coming of a new year in ways that have some special meaning to their residents. New York City drops the famous ball in Times Square. Atlanta does a peach drop. Nashville and Memphis both use big guitars. Bethlehem, PA, home of PEEPS candy, lowers a giant 400-pound PEEPS Chick on December 31st. We have some interesting New Year’s Eve traditions in the Carolinas, too. Here are just a few of them:
- Hilton Head Island: A large illuminated golf ball is lowered from the Harbour Town Lighthouse.
- Folly Beach: A giant pair of flip flops is dropped at the end of Center Street.
- Beaufort: The seaside city does a pirate drop.
- Black Creek: A large red heart is lowered for “A Small Town with a Big Heart”.
- Burgaw: A blueberry drops in honor of the town’s annual blueberry festival.
- Eastover: A three-foot tall, thirty-pound wooden flea is dropped. They once had an infestation.
- Charlotte: A lighted crown is raised at midnight in “The Queen City.”
- Mount Olive: A giant pickle is lowered on the Mt. Olive Pickle Company flagpole.
- Raleigh: A 900-pound copper-and-steel acorn is lowered by a crane in “The City of Oaks.”