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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year's Eve Celebrations in Harrisburg - Strawberry Drop, Fireworks and Hollywood Casino

New Year's Eve Celebrations in Harrisburg Pennsylvania
Just like most major cities around the country Harrisburg celebrates New Year's Eve in a big way every year. If you are looking for something fun to do on New Year's Eve you will want to head downtown to the Harrisburg Hilton for the annual New Year's Eve strawberry drop!

The Harrisburg Parks & Recreation Department along with the Harrisburg Hilton host this annual New Year's Eve event every year. I am not sure why Harrisburg drops a strawberry because we don't have large strawberry farms in our area. I am guessing that it may have something to do with the downtown shopping mall called Strawberry Square.

People from all over our area gather at the Harrisburg Hilton and await the strawberry drop which happens promptly at midnight on New Year's Eve. The crowd size varies each year depending on the weather. Although cold this year, there was a great turnout for the festivities and party goer's were in an excited and festive mood!
New Year's Eve Celebrations in Harrisburg Pennsylvania
Once the strawberry has dropped you will see some beautiful fireworks over head and this fireworks show lasted for about 15 minutes this year. Personally, while it is fun to see the strawberry drop, I look forward to the fireworks show! My only complaint, I wish the fireworks had lasted for a few minutes longer!

After the show was over we all piled into our cars and headed out of the city and over to the Hollywood Casino in Grantville for some additional New Year's Eve festivities. The casino was packed with a whole lot of people who were partying and having a great time. The atmosphere was electric, the drinks were delicious and we all had a great time! No, we didn't win a big pile of money!
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Pennsylvania

Overall, we had a great time celebrating New Year's Eve 2014 in Harrisburg and we look forward to doing it all again next year! Happy New Year!

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