Take A Bite Out of The Peach State for New Year’s Eve


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Nakia Harmon, Opinions Editor

There are plenty of ways to spend your New Year’s Eve in Georgia including the Atlanta Peach Drop. The Atlanta Peach Drop takes place every New Year’s Eve in downtown Atlanta, a celebration counting down until the start of a new year, much like the Times Square ball drop in New York. During the Atlanta Peach Drop, there are plenty of musical performances and New Year’s Eve festivities to partake in until the peach finally drops at 12:00 a.m. The Atlanta Peach Drop is a celebration that brings family and friends from several different places to enjoy the last few moments of the year together.

The Atlanta Peach Drop has taken place in downtown Atlanta since 1989. The Atlanta Peach Drop originally took place in Underground Atlanta until the City of Atlanta sold Underground Atlanta to a South Carolina real estate company in 2017, which is why it is now held at Woodruff Park.

As mentioned earlier, the Atlanta Peach Drop has some similarities to Time Square Ball Drop in New York which includes the colossal size of the Peach in Georgia’s case. The Peach weighs over more than 800 pounds and is 8 feet tall and 8 feet wide. Compared to the ball that drops in Time Square which weighs 11,875 pounds with a diameter of 12 feet, and the length is 4 ¾ inches to 5 ¾ inches per slide.

Numerous performances have taken place during the Atlanta Peach Drop celebration which have actually included some Georgia natives. One of the Georgia natives that has performed performed during this event was Jeezy, known as one of the pioneers of trap music who performed alongside the performance line-up of TLC and Tyrese during the 2018 Atlanta Peach Drop. This celebration has been one of Georgia’s long running New Year’s Eve celebrations.

The expression “more the merrier” can definitely be applied to the Atlanta Peach Drop. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the police said they expected 25,000 people inside the six-acre park with another 25,000 on the periphery for the 2018 Atlanta Peach Drop. Woodruff Park officially opens at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31, and entertainment begins  at 7:00 p.m. Bags are allowed, but bags have to be checked by security as soon as you reach the entrance. This celebration gives people a chance to celebrate the closing of another year with loved ones and allows people to brood over starting off another year on the right foot.