Like most 2020 holidays, New Year’s Eve will look a little different this year. Philadelphia’s annual New Year’s Eve fireworks shows over the Delaware River are canceled. Many of the ball drops throughout Pennsylvania aren’t taking place either. (And by ball drops, we mean the dropping, or hoisting, of pickles, cast iron kettles, red roses, and the other eccentric objects that towns across the state traditionally use to end the year.)

In some places, however, you can still partake in the traditions virtually. Countdowns — including the dropping of a giant bologna (Lebanon) and a 400-pound marshmallow Peeps Chick (Bethlehem) — will be live streamed, allowing you to watch from the comfort of your couch. Here’s what’s happening across the state.

Dillsburg Pickle Drop

A large figure known as Mr. Pickle is lowered at midnight, and a smaller version (perhaps a gherkin?) is lowered earlier for children (the “Lil’ Dill Drop”).

This year: Canceled

McClure Cast Iron Kettle Drop

A Civil War cannon goes off at midnight, when the city lowers the cast iron kettle from the McClure Fire Co. Ladder Truck. Last year brought a beard contest, too.

This year: Canceled

York White Rose Drop

The white rose drops at midnight. The flower is the symbol of the House of York.

This year: Virtual. The celebration will kick off at 10:30 p.m. on Facebook, organized by The Parliament Arts Organization. Live music will start the celebration, followed by the annual white rose countdown.

Lancaster Red Rose Drop

The city drops a red rose, a symbol of the War of the Roses between the Houses of Lancaster and York. There is often live music, too.

This year: Canceled. But two fireworks displays are scheduled in downtown Lancaster (north and southeast quadrants) at 8 p.m. Two mobile DJs will spin music throughout the city from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Attendees must wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Harrisburg Strawberry Drop

The strawberry, a reference to the Strawberry Square Shopping Center, descends at 11:59 p.m. Fireworks included.

This year: Virtual. The celebration will take place through the City of Harrisburg’s Facebook page. Tune in for a countdown-to-midnight video, featuring iconic Harrisburg locations, photos, and messages from local residents, and a compilation of fireworks footage captured from previous years. For more information, visit

Mechanicsburg Wrench Drop

The city drops a giant galvanized steel wrench, which commemorates the mechanics who settled in the area to repair wagons that were traveling west after crossing the Susquehanna River.

This year: Canceled

Hershey Chocolate Kiss Hoist

The city switches things up by raising a Hershey’s kiss.

This year: Canceled. But a fireworks display will light up the skies starting at midnight at Hersheypark in the same spot that the annual Fourth of July display takes place. For more information, visit

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Lebanon Bologna Drop

The city annually unleashes a massive (and real) bologna. Last year’s was 16-feet-long.

This year: Virtual. The bologna drop and celebration will kick off at 11:50 p.m. on the City of Lebanon’s Facebook page. The actual drop is happening at an undisclosed location that’s not open to the public. This year’s event is sponsored by Godshall’s Quality Meats, who will donate the bologna to the Lebanon Rescue Mission.

Bethlehem Marshmallow Peeps Drop

This ceremony at the iconic SteelStacks occurs just after sundown, featuring the dropping of a 400-pound Peeps Chick (just under five feet long). Entertainment includes kid-friendly bands and magicians.

This year: Virtual. The virtual Peeps drop will take place with livestreaming beginning at 4:30 p.m. A preshow is scheduled to kick off the celebration, followed by the dropping of the Peeps Chick and a fireworks display. For more information, visit

Kennett Square Mushroom Drop

The mushroom capital raises a 700-pound, stainless-steel mushroom. Last year, there was also a laser light show and food and drink from Kennett Brewing.

This year: Virtual. The celebration, complete with a mushroom drop and live music, will begin at 10:15 p.m. on Midnight in the Square’s Facebook page. Residents are encouraged to send photos from past mushroom drops to be included in a slide show that will stream during the event. Email pictures to by the evening of December 30. For more information, visit

Pittsburgh Recycled Ball Drop

The city raises a 1,000-pound lighted sphere made of recycled materials.

This year: Virtual. The celebration kicks off at 11 p.m. on KDKA CBS Pittsburgh. For more information, visit

Pottsville Beer Bottle Drop

A facsimile of a bottle of Yuengling is raised to the top of the flagpole at Garfield Square.

This year: Canceled

Hanover Pac-Man Drop

TimeLine Arcade lowers an eight-foot, lit Pac-Man at midnight. The outdoor drop takes place from the top of the arcade.

This year: Virtual. The celebration will unfold on TimeLine Arcade’s Facebook page. Tune in for a live feed of a special Pac-Man drop.

Lower Allen Township Pants Drop

Pants, or yellow breeches, if you like. The yellow trousers are a shout-out to nearby Yellow Breeches Creek, purportedly named by British soldiers after their white pants turned yellow when washed in its waters. A special ceremony for children occurs earlier, but as the township promises, “the breeches come down at midnight.”

This year: Virtual. The celebration will take place on the BreechieLAT YouTube page ( Just before midnight, tune in to find a video of the yellow breeches getting ready to be lowered. “Little Breechie” will drop at 10 p.m. for the kiddos to watch.

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