2 unique Arizona traditions set for New Year’s Eve, 1 canceled

Dec 30, 2021, 4:45 AM | Updated: 7:11 am

(Courtesy photo/New Year's Eve Boot Drop)...

(Courtesy photo/New Year's Eve Boot Drop)

(Courtesy photo/New Year's Eve Boot Drop)

PHOENIX — Arizonans who see a giant illuminated boot or deuce of clubs dropping from the sky on New Year’s Eve could be perfectly sober.

Two Arizona cities — Prescott and Show Low — will be celebrating the new year with their own unique traditions. Flagstaff, however, called off its countdown ritual.

Prescott will be dropping a cowboy boot and Show Low will drop a deuce of clubs playing card in place of the traditional ball.

The 6-foot illuminated cowboy boot will drop at Prescott’s historic Whiskey Row. The boot will be slowly lowered from a 40-foot flagpole on top of the Palace building.

It will drop twice: Once at 10 p.m. and once at midnight, with fireworks igniting each time from the top of the parking garage behind Whiskey Row.

The earlier drop coincides with the traditional ball drop in New York City’s Times Square.

In eastern Arizona, an illuminated two of clubs playing card will be dropped in honor of Show Low’s history, in which two ranchers settled a land dispute during a marathon poker game.

The city of Flagstaff was set to drop a unique item of its own — a pine cone — from the historic Weatherford Hotel downtown but the event was canceled due to the recent rising spread of the omicron COVID-19 variant.

However, people can watch previous pine cone drops and the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Auld Lang Syne online to celebrate the new year from home.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Follow @KTAR923...

Silver Alert issued for 80-year-old woman with dementia

Authorities issued a Silver Alert on Saturday morning for a missing 80-year-old woman who suffers from dementia.

1 hour ago

( photo)...

Damon Allred

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to fund Yavapai County mine cleanup project

The Iron King Mine -- Humboldt Smelter Superfund site is set to receive $15 million in federal funding to support cleanup efforts.

2 hours ago

Group photo of band players for Cigarettes After Sex...

SuElen Rivera

Cigarettes After Sex to stop in Valley this fall during world tour

American dream pop band Cigarettes After Sex announced a stop in the Valley this fall during their upcoming world tour.

3 hours ago

Smalls Sliders signed a deal with an operating partner to open 22 locations in the Phoenix area. (S...

Brandon Brown/Phoenix Business Journal

Drew Brees-backed Smalls Sliders looks to open 22 locations across the Phoenix metro

Smalls Sliders has signed its largest franchise agreement to date to bring more than 20 locations to the Phoenix metro.

4 hours ago

Follow @suelenrivera...

SuElen Rivera

City of Goodyear unveils state-of-the-art Fire Station 188

The city of Goodyear held a grand opening ceremony on Thursday for the addition of its latest fire station.

13 hours ago

(Facebook Photo/Tucson Police Department)...

Associated Press

Man already serving life sentence convicted of killing Tucson girl who vanished from parents’ home

A man already serving a life sentence was convicted Thursday of first-degree murder in the killing of another Tucson girl years earlier.

16 hours ago

Sponsored Articles


DISC Desert Institute for Spine Care

Sciatica pain is treatable but surgery may be required

Sciatica pain is one of the most common ailments a person can face, and if not taken seriously, it could become one of the most harmful.


Fiesta Bowl Foundation

The 51st annual Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade is excitingly upon us

The 51st annual Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade presented by Lerner & Rowe is upon us! The attraction honors Arizona and the history of the game.


Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Valley residents should be mindful of plumbing ahead of holidays

With Halloween in the rear-view and more holidays coming up, Day & Night recommends that Valley residents prepare accordingly.

2 unique Arizona traditions set for New Year’s Eve, 1 canceled