You probably think about New Year’s Eve and what the ball drop in Times Square means. Millions of people watch the spectacle as it unfolds before their eyes. The 12,000-pound ball drops to announce midnight in eastern United States.

But that’s far from the only “drop” happening on New Year’s Eve every year. The objects that are dropped (or raised) by cities and towns all over the United States can be quite creative. 

Some of the most unique drops range from oversized foods – an orange, a potato and a Hershey’s Kiss – to other random objects, like a giant acorn and a wrench.

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Here are some of the most unique New Year’s Eve celebrations around the U.S., and where they’re happening.

Florida’s orange, Georgia’s peach

On top of the boat parties and busy clubs that normally take over Miami on New Year’s Eve, the city has its own take on the ball-drop, one that’s fitting for Florida. To ring in 2022, an orange-sunglassed neon sign measuring 30 feet and weighing 2,000 pounds will be raised.

Atlanta is doing something similar. Georgia is known as the Peach state and the city will release a gigantic peach for New Year’s Eve.

Pennsylvania is home to a huge candy, bologna, and wrench.

Pennsylvania has some of the best New Year’s Eve drops.

Ever seen a Peep weighing 400 pounds? This is what they do in Bethlehem Pennsylvania.

In Lebanon, Pennsylvania they drop bologna. At one point, the city celebrated with a 12-foot, 200-pound, custom-made piece of bologna, but the size has been scaled back in recent years, per the Lebanon Daily News, part of the USA TODAY Network. According to LebTown, the bologna will attach to a discoball this year.

Sticking with the food theme, Hershey, Pennsylvania, raises – you guessed it – a giant Hershey’s Kiss. A 300-pound aluminum replica of the famous chocolate candy is raised at midnight each year to ring in the new year. 

A wrench drop takes place in Mechanicsburg Pennsylvania. 

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, holds a wrench drop on New Year's Eve.

It’s a squirrel’s paradise, the huge acorn

Raleigh, North Carolina, USA: Dropping a 10-foot, 1,250-pound copper-steel acorn. 

North Carolina’s Capital City has been celebrating New Year’s Eve for more than twenty years.

A 10-foot-tall, 1,250-pound acorn made out of copper and steel is dropped on New Year's Eve in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Chili drop

Las Cruces in New Mexico drops an enormous, illuminated chili pepper. 

The organizers will let people vote this year on the color of the large pepper once midnight strikes: green or red.

The giant pud

In true Idaho fashion, Boise drops a large potato. 

The Idaho Potato Drop is a celebration that features musical acts and an exhibition of skis and snowboards for the “spec-taters”.

Who doesn’t love beach ball?

To bring in 2022, a 800-pound illuminated beach ball is being dropped on Panama City Beach in Florida. According to the city’s website, it was dropped from a 10 foot taller tower than that in Times Square.

Cherry blossoms in the cherry capital 

In the so-called “cherry capital of the world” – Traverse City, Michigan – residents celebrate the only way they know how: with a giant cherry.

According to organizers, the cherry drop has helped raise nearly $110,000 so far for local non-profits.

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