Where will you ring in 2014 in Atlanta? If you’re into fireworks and fanfare, we’ve selected a few of our favorite events around town. Whether you want to be directly underneath the explosions or sitting comfortably in a sky-high restaurant, we’ve found some great places to make your night special. And then, well, there’s the Possum Drop. 

Underground Atlanta Peach Drop
Underground Atlanta
50 Upper Alabama St. S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 523-2311

If you’re looking for an experience that comes close to the Times Square New Year’s Eve extravaganza without the freezing temperatures, then the Peach Drop is the place to be. Expect 100,000 of your closest Atlanta friends to show up at Underground Atlanta for this event, so don’t carry your wallet in your back pocket if you would like to keep it. If you’re looking for a crazy crowd, circle up and watch the 800-pound peach make its descent. Just be sure to bring your patience and good cheer!

Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint
200 Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 230-5853

If you’re looking for somewhere that you can sit back and relax and watch the fireworks on a massive screen, check out Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint. This downtown spot always throws a great party, with live music and tasty Southern food. You can enjoy the spectacle of the show without feeling too crowded. It’s a true Southern holiday experience.

Sun Dial Restaurant
Westin Hotel
210 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 589-7506

The Westin Hotel’s Sun Dial Restaurant has a rotating bar that provides one of the best views of the Atlanta skyline. Naturally, this is a great spot to check out the city’s New Year’s Eve fireworks. Leave the kids with a sitter and head out for a romantic date with your loved one – you deserve it! This is for the couple that wants to start off 2014 with a high-style splurge.

Stone Mountain
1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd
Stone Mountain, GA 30083 
(770) 498-5690

For a family-friendly event outside of town, you can’t go wrong with Stone Mountain’s annual Snow Angel Fireworks displays. Check out its website for a detailed schedule of the events, which include fireworks. The festivities run now through January 1st, so this may be a good bet for families who don’t want to deal with the rowdy adults downtown. The fireworks show lasts eight minutes, so it’s not a major time commitment. 

The Possum Drop
Tallapoosa, GA
(678) 250-DROP

If your tastes in celebrations are a bit more, ahem, rural, check out this year’s Possum Drop in Tallapoosa, Georgia. Don’t worry, it’s not a live possum. The town drops a stuffed possum at New Year’s, and there is an accompanying fireworks display and party that will likely make you the star of Facebook for a week. If you begin 2014 in this manner, there’s no telling how the year will progress. 

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Keely Herrick is a freelance writer. Her work can be found on Examiner.com. “