A look back at the history of Atlanta’s Peach Drop

Savannah’s take on New Year’s ball drop canceled this year

Has Georgia dropped the ball on ball drops this New Year’s?

Atlanta canceled the annual Peach Drop. And in Savannah, there will be no “Up the Cup” event to help welcome 2020.

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Since 2013, the “Up the Cup” event has been co-hosted by the Savannah Waterfront Association and the River Street location of Wet Willie’s bar.

In years past, a 6-foot-tall version of the city’s iconic to-go cup has been hoisted above the bar, to make its way down at midnight.

But Julie Musselman, with the Waterfront Association, told the Savannah Morning News that the event won’t be held this year.

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Musselman said the decision was made in mid-December by Wet Willie’s management.

“It is their cup, so that was their decision,” she told the newspaper. 

Despite no drop, the River Street area will still celebrate in style. There is a fireworks show scheduled for midnight.

It’s unclear whether or not the event will return in future years, but the bar — known for its colorful, alcoholic slushies — is slated to be open. 

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Here in Atlanta, the countdown to midnight will be peach free. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottom announced the 30-year Peach Drop tradition is on hold this year, while the city re-evaluates the event. 

Meanwhile, in East Atlanta, organizers of the relatively new Rooster Drop are preparing for an influx of attendees this New Year’s Eve.

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