10 Unusual New Year’s Eve Ball Drops In The United States

Times Square in New York City isn’t the only location in the United States known for memorable New … [+] Every New Year’s Eve, New York City’s Times Square gets a lot of attention with its famous ball drop. However, there are other destinations across the United States with events bringing in the new year in a memorable fashion. They go beyond using the traditional-looking ball by lowering objects reflecting their history, heritage or location. Here are 10 locations with unique versions of New Year’s Eve ball drops. In Boise, a replica of a potato descents on New Year’s Eve near the Idaho State Capitol. The Idaho State Capitol in downtown Boise is where this just over a decade long tradition of descending an artificial potato—in homage to this Idaho-grown crop—happens. Since 2013, this grand illuminated GlowTato comes down as the clock strikes midnight. Along with this spud sensation, Boise’s New Year’s Eve celebration includes musical guests, food vendors and a fireworks display. The 2023 event will also present an Urban Air Exhibition, featuring skiers and snowboarders being pulled into a huge jump through flame columns while performing jaw-dropping stunts. Orlando’s Orange Ball Drop on New Year’s Eve happens from High Tide’s rooftop. Florida is synonymous with citrus and Downtown Orlando’s Church Street is where an orange-resembling ball is dropped to welcome in the new year. For the end of 2023, the ICONIC Orange Ball Drop will descend from the rooftop at High Tide, a rooftop bar on the third floor of the nightlife complex, Church Street Bars. 2023 also marks the event’s 29th year, as this orange ball symbolizes the city’s citrus past along with the collegiate football game, the Cheez-It Citrus Bowl, happening on January 1, 2024. For many years, Gary Marion, known for portraying the drag […]

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