You’re probably aware of the famous New Year’s Eve ball drop in New York City, but have you also heard of the Havre de Grace Duck Drop? It’s a unique–and humorous–local take on one of the most famous New Year’s Eve celebrations. For the past 19 years, a large wooden duck strung with holiday lights has been lowered at the stroke of midnight, while celebrants cheer in the street. Why a duck? It’s a nod to the important role that waterfowl have always played in the region (ecologically and economically), and it adds a fun bit of local color to the celebration.
The event is always free (and family friendly) and after the duck drops you’ll be able to enjoy a fireworks show. Keep in mind that the duck drop has moved to a new venue this year: it’ll be at Concord Point Lighthouse. Music and entertainment start at 10 pm.