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Marquette County encompasses one of America’s greatest small cities and a collection of historic towns and villages. Located in the heart of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula,here life happens at a different pace. The best nature has to offer is never more than a moment away. Proud waters, rugged landscape and hardwood forests thatstretch as far as the eye can see.

There’s a reason they call it Human Nature. We were meant to be outdoors. We were meant to play under the big blue sky. We were meant to adventure beyond our own backyard; to feel the sun and wind on our faces.

Marquette County is a place where humans and nature go together in every minute, every day and all year, always.

So, ask yourself a question. What’s your human nature? Whatever it is, you’ll find it here in Marquette County.

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Ring in the New Year in Style at the Downtown Marquette Ball Drop

What are you doing on New Year’s Eve? If you’re going to be in the Marquette area, why not head downtown and check out one of the region’s favorite annual traditions: the Downtown Marquette Ball Drop. 2015 marks the 26th annual ball drop, and this one promises to be a real doozy.

A Taste of the Big Apple in Downtown Marquette?

How many other cities can honestly say that they have a New Year’s Eve ball drop to rival the Big Apple’s? Not many of Marquette’s size, that’s for sure. While we might not pack half a million people into Times Square each year, we do attract hundreds if not thousands of hometowners and tourists with a flashy, forward-looking celebration of our own.

The Downtown Marquette ball drop takes place in front of the historic Savings Bank Building near the corner of Washington and Front Streets. Washington Street is blocked off for the duration, so revelers are free to mingle off the sidewalks for a better view. Flash photography is permitted.

Ideas for a Marquette New Year’s Eve

The ball drop isn’t the only thing happening in downtown Marquette on New Year’s Eve, of course. If you plan to be in town for the drop and want to make the most of your evening, here are some ideas for a memorable experience:

  • Window shop before night falls
  • Grab snacks at Lagniappe, the Wild Rover or Aubree’s Pizza
  • Go upscale with a fine meal at Capers or Elizabeth’s Chop House
  • Knock back a few pints with your friends at the Doghouse or the Ore Dock
  • Make sure you’re on Washington Street by 11:45!

Don’t Miss the Ball Drop!

No matter what you get up to on the evening of December 31, don’t lose track of time! Here are all the details you need to know about the 2015 Downtown Marquette Ball Drop, courtesy of the Downtown Development Authority and Marquette Convention & Visitors Bureau:

When: 11:45 pm, December 31 (countdown to midnight, disperse afterwards)

Where: Washington Street between Front and Third Streets (meet in front of the historic Savings Bank Building)

Who to Contact: or (906) 228-9475

Notes: This is a family-friendly event. You’re welcome to have fun (and indulge a little) at other establishments around downtown Marquette, but keep in mind that others want to have a good time too! The DDA wants people of all ages and personalities to feel welcome here.