Salisbury gears up for New Year’s Eve Ball Drop

The countdown has begun for New Year’s Eve Salisbury Downtown Ball Drop 2016, promising to be “bigger, brighter, sparklier and louder” this year.

Centered around Headquarters Live, the third annual event will feature fireworks at midnight and an invitation on the promotional Facebook page to “rev up those noisemakers and get ready to bring in the new year.”

Alcoholic beverages will be sold at Headquarters Live and into the street outside, said Julia Glanz, assistant city administrator and member of the planning committee, but it will be a free, family friendly event.

Headquarters Live will open at 8 p.m. and feature performances  by Alex and Shiloh and the Bonedaddys.

There will be several food trucks this year “with quite an eclectic bunch of options,” Glanz said. Among them will be Big Thunder Roadside Kitchen, the Polish Connection, Phat Boyz, Mama Mia, Berk’s Hot Dogs, Big Al’s and Main Roots Coffee.

Pohanka of Salisbury will give away a two-year lease on a new Volkswagen Beetle.

New Year’s Eve shirts with the logo “NYE SBY” are available at Bury Apparel, at 213 W. Main Street.

Among those looking forward to the New Year’s Eve event, which usually draws more than 2,000,  is City Council President Jack Heath.

“This year it has special meaning. It signifies the end of a very productive year for the City Council and the beginning of the next phase of our growth and revitalization of downtown. To have it in the center of downtown makes it extra special,” he said.

Heath called it “a great event suitable for whole family” and said his and his wife’s  daughters and oldest grandchildren will also attend.

Mayor Jake  Day is as eager for the  community party.

“You won’t find a bigger celebration of the year past or the year coming than in the heart of the capital of the Eastern Shore,” he said.

“Downtown Salisbury is the place to ring in 2016. We will have great bands at Headquarters Live, great food trucks and vendors, a beautiful ball drop and Delmarva’s biggest fireworks display to start off 2016 right.”

 

 

 

 

Reach Susan Canfora at scanfora@newszap.com.

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