“You can find me where the music meets the ocean.”
Being from the Midwest, I think of New Year’s as being cold and often snowy, similar to Christmas. The holiday spirit is still buzzing throughout the country, and the world, and that bleeds into the celebration of the new year. So it is a little odd to find myself ringing in 2016 with beach balls and fireworks over the Gulf.
This year, I am lucky enough to spend New Year’s in Florida with my parents and my best friend. We get to watch the fireworks and participate in beach style celebrations throughout the evening.
In Pier Park, a local shopping center here in Panama City Beach, they are hosting the Beach Ball Drop. At 8 o’clock in the evening, they are dropping over ten thousand beach balls into the street to commemorate the new year.
I think this is a perfect and creative way to incorporate our surroundings and the culture around us with the traditional New York City style ball drop. Kids will be able to participate in the event too since it happens before midnight. At twenty years old, my best friend and I still plan on having a damn good time.
Regardless of where you are when you ring in the new year, it is always fun to embrace the local culture and atmosphere. Part of the experience of being somewhere else is learning about that place and experiencing it in full. A beach ball drop seems thoroughly appropriate.
As I write this, it is still early in the day. However, I want to wish all of you a very Happy New Year. I hope 2016 treats you well.