What to do in Central Pa on New Years Eve!

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.This advice came from Albert Einstein, one of the world’s most influential and well-known physicists and Time Magazine Person of the Century. It is especially relevant as we move closer to the end of 2016 and plan for a new year to come.


Learn from the lessons you’ve encountered throughout the year, hope for tomorrow by dedicating yourself to new resolutions for betterment in the new year and live for today by enjoying all that life has to offer – including the many local New Year’s Eve celebrations that will help welcome the start of 2017.


This year on New Year’s Eve, consider attending one of the following free community events throughout Central Pennsylvania that provide fun for the whole family.


Harrisburg, Dauphin County

During an event that includes live entertainment, music and arts and crafts for children, thousands of visitors watch as a large strawberry descends in Harrisburg to start the new year. The strawberry drop is followed by fireworks.



Hershey, Dauphin County

At 11:59 p.m., a large Hershey Kiss rises into the sky in a countdown to midnight in Hershey, followed by a fireworks display.



Lancaster, Lancaster County

Festivities and performances proceed the lowering of the signature Red Rose of Lancaster at midnight, which is followed by a fireworks display.



Lebanon, Lebanon County

Celebrating traditional Pennsylvania Dutch food, a 16-foot Lebanon Bologna is dropped to announce the new year and is later shared with the crowd as a midnight snack.



Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County

To commemorate the wagon repair mechanics of the early 19th Century who founded the town, Mechanicsburg’s New Year’s Eve celebration includes the drop of a wrench on Main Street.



Whatever your plans for the new year, keep in mind Einstein’s words of wisdom, “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow” and let them guide you into a prosperous, joy-filled 2017.


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