NEW YEAR'S EVE DROPS ACROSS THE U.S.

Tarheel

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It's probably an allusion to the the big ball that "drops" at midnight every New Year's Eve.
 

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Happy new year!
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The ball is in Times Square, New York. I'm wondering how the ball can drop across the US?
 

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I think the phrase simply takes the "dropping ball" idea and uses it to refer to the act that New Year's Eve became New Year's Day across the US, one time zone at a time.
 

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Many places in the United States have emulated the Times Square event by dropping various things to welcome the new year. My own little home town drops a soccer ball wrapped in aluminum foil. One place has "dropped" (gently lowered, actually) a caged opossum.
 

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Thus there are now new year's eve drops of various things in many places across the United States.
 

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Thus there are now New Year's Eve drops of various things in many places across the United States.

For the benefit of learners, "New Year's Eve" should always be capitalised. It's the official name of December 31st. It wouldn't be capitalised if you said something like "On the eve of a/the new year, a large ball is dropped."
 
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