Bethany Beach lowering of the beach ball

Organizers watch as the New Year’s Eve beach ball was being brought into position at Bethany Beach Ocean Suites Residence Inn by Marriott for a previous celebration.

Bethany Beach Ocean Suites Residence Inn by Marriott hotel will once again host the resort town’s own version of a New Year’s Eve tradition when, at the stroke of midnight, a lighted beach ball will drop to signal the end of one year and the beginning of the next.

The event will be a welcome return to what has become a popular celebration in Bethany Beach; it was canceled altogether in 2020 because of concerns related to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

This year’s celebration, which is held outdoors and is open to the public, kicks off at 10 p.m. with music provided by DJ Silk. It marks the first time the ball drop will be held since the sale of the oceanfront hotel to EOS Investors LLC in May.

The Bethany Beach Ocean Suites hotel is located at 99 Hollywood Street, on the Boardwalk in Bethany Beach.

Staff Reporter

Kerin majored in journalism at Ohio University and has worked as an editor and reporter for monthly, daily and weekly publications in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Delaware since 1983. A native of Baltimore, Md., she has lived in Ocean View since 1996.