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Our Delmarva towns will be going all out to drop a little fun on the public come New Year’s Eve. In addition to traditional ball drops, there will be a crab drop, a muskrat drop, a rockfish drop, a crab-pot drop, an anchor drop, and a horseshoe drop.

You will find a into on those civic celebrations below. Here’s hoping it helps get your new year off to a fun-loving start. Stay safe, everyone!


• In Dewey Beach, Del.  the New Years Ball Drop happens on New Orleans Street. Info here.

• The Anchor Drop in Lewes, Del. happens at the historic Lightship Overfalls. Info here.


• In Cape Charles, Va. the Crab Pot Drop happens at 10pm to encourage family participation. As they like to point out, “It’s midnight in Greenland.” Info here.

• In Chincoteague, Va., the tradition is two-fold–a Horseshoe Drop and a Costume Promenade. Info here.


• Fireworks are the big attraction in Ocean City, Md. Info here.

• In Princess Anne, Md., the magnificently weird Midnight Muskrat Dive is back! Info here.

• In Salisbury, Md., the Ball Drop, live music, and related festivities happen in the historic downtown. Info here.

• In downtown Berlin, Md., there will be a kids’ ball drop early on. Leading up to midnight there will be DJs, laser shows, more. Info here. 

New Years Eve Muskrat Dive Princess Anne for 2017

This muskrat will be the New Year’s center of attention in Princess Anne.

• In Crisfield, Md., there is a noontime party for kids as well as an evening affair that culminates in a big Oyster Drop. Info here is you scroll down to the date.

• In Cambridge, Md., a downtown street will be closed for a Ball Drop outside of the Blue Ruin cocktail bar. There are costumes involved, too. Info here.

• In Rock Hall, Md., the Hat Parade usually happens in the early evening with a big Rockfish Drop coming later. Info at this link is a little thin,  so here’s a phone number just in case: 410-639-7611.

• In Easton, Md. you will need to watch the Crab Drop on your phone as they have elected to run their traditional First Night Talbot party as an online-only affair. Info here.

–compiled by Jim Duffy for Secrets of the Eastern Shore on Dec. 16, 2021. If I missed a big NYE event in your neck of the woods, please let me (and everyone else) know in the comments here.

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