When the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve in Vincennes, Indiana, an 18-foot, 500-pound, cardboard-and-foam-covered steel watermelon descends from a crane in the sky. As it nears the ground, the giant melon opens, and watermelons from Knox County, Indiana, are dropped onto a large “splatform” as fireworks erupt. Indiana is home to more than 7,000 acres of watermelons. The New Year’s Eve drop is a fun and festive way for our community to celebrate its agricultural heritage.—Loretta Day
On Dec. 31, we celebrate Mardi Gras-style. Our Mardi Gras celebration is the oldest in the United States, making its debut here in 1703. The party includes a second-line parade featuring a brass band and floats. MoonPies are thrown from the floats—an old Mardi Gras tradition—to a crowd of 50,000 people, and a 600-pound electric MoonPie drops from the side of a building at midnight. The night concludes with the cutting of the world’s largest edible MoonPie, which weighs in at 154 pounds.—Michelle Browning
On New Year’s Eve, we drop papier-mache pickles into a barrel. At 7 p.m., or midnight in Ireland, a 16-inch-long pickle named Lil’ Dill descends from the town’s ladder fire truck. This early drop is a nod to Dillsburg’s first settler, Irish immigrant Matthew Dill. Mr. Pickle, the larger, 6-foot-tall version, lands in the barrel at midnight. Our town doesn’t have a connection to pickles, but we sure love a good play on words.—Sharon Stauffer
If none of these towns are close by try traveling to one of these other top New Year’s Eve destinations.