Atlanta canceled its New Year’s Eve Peach Drop for the third year in a row due to the recent rise in COVID-19 omicron cases.

“In consultation with public health officials, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel the Peach Drop,” Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said in a statement on Tuesday.

The Peach Drop was expected to take place after a two-year break. Just two weeks ago, organizers announced singer Ashanti and Atlanta’s hip-hop act Goodie Mob as headliners for the New Year’s Eve celebration.

The Peach Drop made its debut in 1989 but was canceled in 2019 when the location of Underground Atlanta could not be confirmed. It was canceled again in 2020 due to the pandemic.

In the past, Atlanta’s celebration has attracted more than 100,000 people to Underground Atlanta.


The Peach Drop cancellation comes amid other area cancellations. Fox Theatre postponed four dates with Widespread Panic originally scheduled for this week and moved them to August 2022. Atlanta Symphony Hall also pushed back two Indigo Girls concerts set to take place on Thursday and Friday until next year.