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 downtown Sarasota, with family-friendly festivities during the afternoon at Five Points Park and early evening, entertainment and fun at night, free entry, fees for some activities
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