Towns up and down the Eastern Shore and over in Delaware will be going all out to drop a little fun on their citizens come New Year’s Eve. In addition to traditional ball drops, there will be a crab drop, a muskrat drop, a rockfish drop, a deadrise drop, a crab-pot drop, an anchor drop, and a horseshoe drop.
Here’s hoping this listing of New Year’s Eve festivities helps you and yours to plan a memorable evening. If I missed a big event in your town, please feel free to spread the word in the comments.
• EASTON: There will be two Crab Drops on New Year’s Eve, one at 9pm for kids and early-to-bed types, and the other at midnight. First Night Talbot festivities start around 6pm, with a slew of fun shows & events slated for locations all around the downtown area starting at 6pm. Details here.
• GEORGETOWN (Del.): On the circle downtown, the “Raise the Ball” festivities will include food trucks, breweries, bonfires, heated tents, wagon rides, live music, and more. Details here.
• PRINCESS ANNE: Starting at 9pm, there will be music and dancing in the downtown streets as part of the buildup to the big Midnight Muskrat Dive, featuring a character called Marshall P. Muskrat. Details here.
• CAMBRIDGE: In Cambridge, it’s the Deadrise Drop in honor of workboats and watermen. The 500 block of Poplar Street will be closed for the occasion. Details here.
• WILMINGTON: The focus at the Christina Riverfront will be on family fun, with fireworks slated to go off at 9pm. Ice skating, music, food trucks, and more also on tap. Details here.
• CAPE CHARLES: The Dropping of the Crab Pot will happen in Central Park, with festivities getting going at 10pm. Details here. New this year is a ticketed “Before the Pot Drops” party that gets going at 7pm–here are those details.
• ROCK HALL: The wacky Hat Parade gets going at 7pm. Yes, there are prizes involved. In past years, there has been music and various other fun and games leading up to the big Rockfish Drop at midnight. Details here on the Hat Parade. I wasn’t able to locate anything online about this year’s Rockfish Drop. If you want to be sure it’s happening, call the town at 410-639-7611.
• DEWEY BEACH: They are having a Ball Drop event on New Orleans Street. Details here.
• BERLIN: There will be an outdoor bar, food vendors, and music in advance of a midnight Ball Drop. New this year–a 6pm Ball Drop for kids. Details here.
• SALISBURY: The festivities in downtown Salisbury get going about 8pm. There will be music, beer, wine, and food trucks in the street leading up to the Ball Drop. Details here.
• CHINCOTEAGUE: The Pony Island Horseshoe Drop is the big thing here. There will be a fun costume contest and promenade as well. Details here if you scroll down to the right date.
• BETHANY BEACH: There will be a Beach Ball Drop on the Boardwalk, with festivities getting going at 10:30pm. Details here.
• LEWES: The historic Lightship Overfalls will be throwing its big Anchor Drop bash once again this year. Details here. Nearby at Cape Henlopen State Park, the Winter Wonderfest of Lights should still be up and running–details on that here.