Just came across this on an old colleague's Facebook update — watching the ball drop on New Year's Eve in Times Square is so 2008, apparently. Good ol' Wikipedia's got a list of the things dropped round the world to signify out-with-the-old-in-with-the-new. Here's a sampling:
Brasstown, North Carolina — a live opossum in a cage
Port Clinton, Ohio — a walleye fish, named "Captain Wylie Walleye"
Lebanon, Pennsylvania — a large Lebanon bologna stick
Mobile, Alabama — a giant electric Moon Pie
McDonough, Georgia — Nugget Drop at Truett's Grill
So what do you watch drop at the end of the year? Or, do you have a nomination for your town to consider? I'll get the ball (haha) rolling and suggest an enormous lighted blue crab on the city dock for Annapolis!