Two of the Most Awesome NYE Parties on the Coast. They’re on the Chesapeake Bay.

Two Chesapeake Bay communities are listed in “13 Awesome News Year’s Eve Parties on the Coast” by Coastal Living magazine. The parties were chosen based on fun-factor and what they drop at the stoke of midnight. And, they’re not anything dull like that ball that New York City drops.

Havre de Grace, Maryland, ranked highest at #7 with its New Years Eve Duck Drop and Fireworks. Note: no real ducks are dropped, just the lighted decoy.

Havre de Grace New Years Duck Drop


Here’s a look at how the duck gets to the top before Midnight on New Year’s Eve.

(Photos courtesy Susquehanna Hose Company, Division 1)
Volunteers at the fire station prepare the "2011" sign as well as the red, white and blue duck that's going to be dropped at Midnight A close up of the 2011 Havre de Grace duck that will be lifted by the fire department for drop at Midnight on New Year's Eve Close up of the 2013 all-red duck before it was lifted by the fire department for the New Year's Eve duck drop The 2013 all-red duck before being take outside to be hooked up to the fire department ladder truck Volunteers rig the 2011 duck to the fire station ladder, where it'll be raised shortly The fire department prepared to lift the 2011 duck in preparation for the New Year's Eve party. 2011 duck on the way up the pole at the Havre de Grace New Year's Eve Duck Drop The 2011 red, white, and blue duck is raised up a 106-foot ladder truck by the fire department The 2013 duck at the top of the 106-foot ladder waiting to be dropped. 2013 Duck Drop begins. Fireworks ring out as the duck drops at the stroke of Midnight Midnight 2013, fireworks begin as the duck starts to drop at the stroke of Midnight. It take place at 451 Lewis Lane, Havre de Grace (on the grounds of the Activity Center and HdG Middle School).
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Midnight 2013, fireworks begin as the duck starts to drop at the stroke of Midnight. It take place at 451 Lewis Lane, Havre de Grace (on the grounds of the Activity Center and HdG Middle School).

Easton, Maryland, came in just below that at #8 with First Night Talbot 2016, where they drop — not one — but TWO crabs. The first drop is at 9pm and the second drop is at midnight.

Havre de Grace New Years celebration

First Night Talbot also includes “Parades of Sea Creatures” – happy groups from The Country School and Crashbox Theatre, and “Cascading Carlos” juggling fire nearby.On Thursday, December 31, cost is $10 per adult and $5 per student.

Other cities in the Coast Living best NYE parties list and what they drop:

  1. Pensacola, Florida — a pelican
  2. Mobile, Alabama — a Moon Pie
  3. Panama City Beach, Floriday — beach balls
  4. Miami, Florida — a smiling orange wearing shades
  5. Yarmouth, Maine — a happy clam
  6. Eastport, Maine — a sardine
  7. Havre de Grace — a duck
  8. Easton, Maine — a crab
  9. Key West, Florida — a conch shell, Key Lime wedge, pirate wench & a 6′ tall drag queen named Sushi sitting in a giant red high-heeled shoe
  10. Fernandina Beach, Florida — a shrimp
  11. St. George, Bermuda — an onion
  12. Traverse City, Michigan — a cherry
  13. Hilton Head, South Carolina — a golf ball

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