In Florida, fun variations of the New Year’s Eve ball drop in New York’s Times Square include a shoe drop, a pineapple drop, an anchor drop and others.
The outdoor drops are usually free, and often include entertainment before or after, or both. Some events include early-drop festivities for youngsters.
Pineapple drop on Main Street in Sarasota, with family-friendly festivities during the afternoon and early evening, and adult-theme fun at night.
Beach ball drop in Panama City Beach, with live music; early kid’s event at 8 p.m. including a drop of thousands of beach balls and fireworks. Drop & Fireworks at midnight. information online
- Anchor drop in Fort Lauderdale, includes family-friendly street festival, live entertainment.
- Red shoe drop with female impersonator in Key West.
- Pirate wench drop in Key West
- Lego brick drop during kids’ festivities at 8 p.m. at LEGOLAND in Winter Haven, ncludes fireworks, fee for event, information online