Nothing says New Year’s Eve quite like the drop of the Waterford crystal ball in Times Square in New York at midnight, and yet dozens of cities and towns across the United States have their own creative versions of the midnight drop.
In Hershey, Pa., a Hershey Kiss is raised to ring in the year. In Port Clinton, Ohio, they drop a Walleye fish, a common catch in the state. An orange comes down in the orange empire of Miami, and an 800-pound peach in downtown Atlanta. In Richmond’s Carytown, Va., just to be different than New York, the ball rises instead of drops.
In Washington, however, there’s been no annual midnight drop in recent memory. Perhaps that can be blamed on our inferiority complex to New York, whose spectacular ball drop is in our time zone. Maybe it’s because we expect Maryland and Virginia to pick up the slack. Or is it that there’s no clear symbol of Washington we’d feel confident dropping to ring in the New Year?
It’s a rather embarassing oversight on our part, especially when you see how many cities have a midnight drop:
Not to mention the amount of fun they’re having. Check out the pickle drop in Dillsburg, Pa.:
And the possum drop in Brasstown, N.C., the self-proclaimed possum capital of the world:
We’re so late to the game, in fact, that Georgia’s already claimed our beloved cherry blossom.
It’s been long enough, D.C. This new year, let’s make a resolution to figure out what object Washington should claim as its own to drop on New Year’s Eve. Let us know your choices. A mini Washington Monument? Or mini-White House? A Redskins helmet? The world is your oyster.
Tell us on Twitter, using the hashtag #DCDrop, or submit photos of your proposed object to our New Year’s gallery below:
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