Skip to main content

Only in PA: Unique New Year's Eve Drops

Nov 17, 2017 01:05PM ● Published by Melanie Heisinger

Harrisburg New Year's Eve Fireworks

Pennsylvania cities and towns have adopted Manhattan’s tradition of dropping a large object at midnight after a countdown, but they put their own regional spin on the festivities. Local organizers have gotten creative, leading to some truly bizarre object choices. Three, two, one…Happy New Year!

The most iconic New Year’s Eve tradition, which began in 1907, is to watch the great illuminated ball drop in New York City's Times Square. This was inspired by an even earlier tradition that began in 1833 at England’s Royal Observatory at Greenwich, which would drop a “time-ball” at 1 p.m. every day so nearby ships could coordinate their clocks. Choose which event you’ll attend, and let the good times roll…or, rather, drop!

Mushroom–Philadelphia

Bring in the New Year at the “Mushroom Capital of the World,” Philadelphia. A 700-pound stainless steel mushroom is lowered to count down the New Year as a nod to the town’s acres of fungus fields. The “Midnight in the Square” event in Kennett Square features music, food and entertainment and culminates with the mushroom drop at midnight.  

Midnightinthesquare.com





Marshmallow Peep®--Bethlehem

For a truly one-of-a-kind New Year’s Eve celebration, First Night® Bethlehem “peeps” with pride (the sweet treats are made here). Start the evening by experiencing the celebration spanning downtown and offering artistic and cultural entertainment for young and old, sponsored by the non-profit ArtsQuest. Enjoy a wide variety of music and art before watching the signature Marshmallow Peep® travel down toward the excited crowd, ringing in the New Year.

Bethlehem steelstacks.org/festivals/peepsfest

Hershey’s Kiss–Hershey

Begin the New Year at this well-known chocolate town, as it pulls out all the stops for its New Year’s Eve in Hershey event. At 11:59 p.m., a Hershey’s Kiss is raised among a sweet-toothed crowd, and a midnight fireworks display completes a family-friendly night in downtown Hershey. 

Hersheynewyears.org





Bologna–Lebanon

Godshall’s Quality Meats, owners of Weaver’s Famous Lebanon Bologna, donates a 150-pound Lebanon bologna for the annual festivity. It is encased in a metal frame and suspended from a fire department ladder truck, and donated to a local rescue mission after the celebration. Crowds count down the seconds, and the 16-foot Lebanon Bologna comes to a stop at the stroke of midnight. 

Lebanonpa.com/cla-events/


Pickle–Dillsburg

Although Dillsburg has nothing to do with pickles—the town is named after founder Matt Dill—the town has fun with its name. Dillsburg celebrates its annual Pickle Drop at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. Once the delicious dill has descended into the barrel, the party continues with a fireworks display lasting until 12:30 a.m. 

Dillsburg.com/events.html




Yuengling Beer Bottle–Pottsville

 

New Year's Eve in Pottsville is marked by the raising of the Yuengling© beer bottle to the top of the flagpole at Garfield Square. Ring in the New Year with a toast to the oldest brewery in America. 

City.pottsville.pa.us/html/ccoe.htm

Strawberry – Harrisburg

(See main photo)

The New Year’s Eve celebration in Harrisburg hosts a crowd of thousands in the state’s capital. At 60 seconds before midnight, a giant lit strawberry starts its descent from the top of the downtown Hilton Harrisburg to ring in the New Year. The evening includes live entertainment, dancing, children’s arts and crafts and fireworks. 

Visithersheyharrisburg.com

Beaver–Beavertown

Watch Bucky the Beaver descend from the sky this New Year’s Eve in Beavertown in the Susquehanna River Valley. This life-size beaver got his name from a community contest that was held before the event’s second year. He is held in the air by a 75-foot ladder and slowly lowered to the ground, landing at midnight. 

Facebook.com/New-Years-Eve-Beaver-Drop-151944581517322

Kettle – McClure 

The fourth McClure Kettle Drop New Year’s Eve Celebration at the McClure Fire Hall is an entertaining community event for the whole family. Ring in the New Year with food, dancing and activities for the kids, and watch the lowering of the cast-iron kettle at midnight in honor of the historic McClure Bean Soup Festival and Fair Celebration, a living memorial to all veterans of all wars. 

Sites.google.com/site/kettledrop/home





Red Rose–Lancaster 

Lancaster starts the New Year when its signature red rose ascends at Binns Park. Symbolic of the War of Roses between Lancaster and York, the red rose celebration features more than 20 indoor performances. Countdown Lancaster is a family-oriented event filled with visual and performing entertainment ending in a midnight fireworks display. 

Lancasterpa.com/event/new-years-eve-in-lancaster-city/White Rose–York


Attendees of York’s New Year’s Eve celebration enjoy a children’s countdown to the balloon drop from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., with complimentary hats and noisemakers. Join the crowd in smelling roses all the way until midnight as a white rose descends from the sky in Continental Square, symbolic of the War of Roses between Lancaster and York. 

Yorkcity.org/NYEWrench–Mechanicsburg


The result of an Eagle Scout project by Mechanicsburg Area School District graduate Sheldon Rodgers, this small town west of Harrisburg dropped its first wrench on New Year’s Eve in 2004. The galvanized steel wrench commemorates the borough’s founders—mechanics who settled in the area to make and repair wagons that were traveling west after crossing the Susquehanna River in the early 19th century. The town celebrates the New Year from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. with the annual drop of a wrench in front of the Washington Fire Company at 53 E. Main St.  

Mechanicsburgchamber.org/event/new-years-eve-wrench-drop

Sled–Duncannon 

Duncannon Borough brings in the New Year with its annual Sled Drop at midnight, during a fireworks display. The 10-foot sled used is a model of the famous Lightning Guider sled manufactured at the Standard Sled Factory in Duncannon from 1904 until 1990. Festivities are from 10 p.m. to midnight. 

Visithersheyharrisburg.org

Like what you're reading? Subscribe to Susquehanna Life's free newsletter to stay informed

Today, Arts+Entertainment New Year Local Events In Print
  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    12/11/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    12/11/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    12/12/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    12/12/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    12/14/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    12/14/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • iMAKE

    12/14/2017
    04:30PM — 05:30PM

    This a-la-carte class series offers both art and science projects for children ages 6-12. LED Cop...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    12/15/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    12/15/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    12/11/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    12/11/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    12/12/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    12/12/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    12/13/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    12/13/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • Get in the Holiday groove with Homeschool Hangout-Holiday Customs Around the World, December 13 1...


  • Novice Longsword Class

    12/13/2017
    06:00PM — 08:00PM

    This eight-week Novice Longsword Course will be for folks who have always had an interest in swor...


  • Wednesday Piano Salon Series with Stuart Malina

    12/13/2017
    06:00PM — 06:45PM

    Please join us in the Main Gallery Wednesday, December 13 for a 45 minute concert by Stuart Malin...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    12/14/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    12/14/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • iMAKE

    12/14/2017
    04:30PM — 05:30PM

    This a-la-carte class series offers both art and science projects for children ages 6-12. LED Cop...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    12/15/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    12/15/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    12/16/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • Get ready Brownies, Juniors and Cadets: December 16nd, 1-2:30, Trick Photography: Using “green sc...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    12/17/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    12/18/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    12/18/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    12/19/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    12/19/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • $2 Tuesday

    12/19/2017
    10:00AM

    TWO-DOLLAR TUESDAYS Third Tuesday of the month, $2 admission all day! The Exchange will host ha...


  • Story Time with Author Lindsay Barry

    12/19/2017
    10:00AM — 12:30PM

    Climb aboard, readers. Next stop: Constellation Station! Join author Lindsay Barry as she shares ...


  • Holiday Music Camp

    12/19/2017
    10:15AM — 11:00AM

    December 19th - 22nd: Holiday Music Camp 10:15 & 11:15 Come sing, dance, make crafts, spread che...


  • Holiday Music Camp

    12/19/2017
    11:15AM — 12:00PM

    December 19th - 22nd: Holiday Music Camp 10:15 & 11:15 Come sing, dance, make crafts, spread che...


  • Exploring Club

    12/19/2017
    04:30PM — 05:30PM

    What is Exploring Club? The Exploring Club is for boys and girls between 10 and 14 years old who ...


  • Explorer Club

    12/19/2017
    04:30PM — 05:30PM

    What is an Exploring Club? Clubs are for boys and girls between 10 and 14 years old who are inter...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    12/20/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    12/20/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • Holiday Music Camp

    12/20/2017
    10:15AM — 11:00AM

    December 19th - 22nd: Holiday Music Camp 10:15 & 11:15 Come sing, dance, make crafts, spread che...


  • Novice Longsword Class

    12/20/2017
    06:00PM — 08:00PM

    This eight-week Novice Longsword Course will be for folks who have always had an interest in swor...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    12/21/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    12/21/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • Holiday Music Camp

    12/21/2017
    10:15AM — 11:00AM

    December 19th - 22nd: Holiday Music Camp 10:15 & 11:15 Come sing, dance, make crafts, spread che...


  • iMAKE

    12/21/2017
    04:30PM — 05:30PM

    This a-la-carte class series offers both art and science projects for children ages 6-12. LED Cop...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    12/22/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    12/22/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • Holiday Music Camp

    12/22/2017
    10:15AM — 11:00AM

    December 19th - 22nd: Holiday Music Camp 10:15 & 11:15 Come sing, dance, make crafts, spread che...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    12/23/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • SPARK LAB: Santa Circuits

    12/23/2017
    11:00AM — 01:00PM

    December 23rd: SPARK LAB: Santa Circuits 11-1 Invent, experiment, and explore at this monthly la...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    12/24/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    12/25/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    12/25/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    12/26/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    12/26/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    12/27/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    12/27/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    12/28/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    12/28/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    12/29/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    12/29/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • KidPower Self Defense

    12/30/2017
    10:00AM — 11:40AM

    December 30th: KidPower Self Defense 10-10:40 (ages 6-10) & 11-11:40 (ages 11-14) In this 40 min...


  • Saturday, December 30, 2017 2:00pm & 7:00pm Rick and Phyllis Webb have ministered through mus...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    01/01/2018
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    01/02/2018
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    01/03/2018
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    01/04/2018
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    01/05/2018
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • Music Together Family Classes

    01/05/2018
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Runs for 8 weeks on Fridays Session A: 10-11am Session B: 11:15-12:15pm Music Together® is a f...



PROUDLY BROUGHT TO YOU BY THESE COMMUNITY SPONSORS


Weis Center for the Perfoming Arts
Albright Care-Services
Geisinger Medical Center