You won’t be able to watch the Strawberry drop in-person in Harrisburg this New Year’s Eve. The city announced changes to its 2021 New Year’s Eve celebration, all due to the pandemic. These changes include a virtual kids celebration (complete with balloon drop kits) and a virtual countdown to midnight.
But just because it is virtual, doesn’t mean it won’t be a party.
The city is trying to get the community involved, asking Harrisburg residents and city businesses to submit a photo and short message for its virtual countdown to midnight video. The deadline for messages is Dec. 21. You can submit one at harrisburgpa.gov/nye.
There will also be fireworks — although rather than putting on a whole new show, the city will showcase clips from past years’ celebrations.
The City of Harrisburg is also giving away a limited amount of free balloon-drop kits for families to enjoy during the Countdown to Kid-Night event (which has taken place between 9 and 11:30 p.m. in past years). Families will also be able to tune in to a virtual countdown with Harrisburg Senators’ mascot Rascal. You can request your balloon-drop kit at harrisburgpa.gov/nye.
In prior years, hundreds had flocked to downtown Harrisburg for its traditional New Year’s Eve Strawberry Drop. COVID-19 has led to health officials encouraging people to avoid gatherings and stay at home instead.