Harrisburg announces plans for virtual New Year’s Eve celebration


You won’t be able to watch the Strawberry drop in person in Harrisburg this New Year’s Eve. The city has announced changes to its 2021 New Year’s celebration, all due to the pandemic. These changes include a virtual celebration of the kids (with balloon drop kits) and a virtual countdown to midnight.

But just because it’s virtual doesn’t mean it won’t be a party.

The city is trying to engage the community, asking Harrisburg residents and businesses across the city to submit a photo and short message for its virtual countdown to the midnight video. The deadline for sending messages is December 21. You can send one to harrisburgpa.gov/nye.

There will also be fireworks displays – although rather than putting on a whole new show, the city will feature clips from celebrations of years gone by.

The City of Harrisburg is also offering a limited supply of free balloon drop kits to families during the Countdown to Kid-Night event (which has been held between 9 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. in recent years). Families will also be able to log into a virtual countdown with Harrisburg Senators mascot Rascal. You can request your balloon release kit from harrisburgpa.gov/nye.

In previous years, hundreds of people had flocked to downtown Harrisburg for its traditional New Years Eve Strawberry Drop. COVID-19 has led health officials to encourage people to avoid gatherings and to stay home instead.

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