Folly Beach rings in 2022 with annual Flip Flop Drop

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Lowcountry Weekend) - Forget about the big crystal ball that has been a fixture in New York’s Time Square. In the Lowcountry, we ring in the new year with flip flops!

The Folly Beach Flip Flop Drop returned in-person Friday night for the first time since the pandemic forced 2020′s event to a Facebook-only presentation.

Tayler McBarron, the manager of Rita’s Seaside Grill, says earlier this week she expects at least 100 more customers this year compared to 2020.

“All the bars had to be shut down and all alcohol off the tables by 11 o’clock, so we couldn’t even celebrate New Year’s at our restaurant with people in it,” McBarron said.

Folly Beach Council Member DJ Rich, who owns Planet Follywood, a bar off Center Street, says the event helps bring in people across the Lowcountry to Folly Beach.

Folly Beach first lady Charlotte Goodwin who organized the event, says it has helped make New Year’s Eve the busiest night the Folly Beach’s businesses will have throughout the year. Goodwin adds that this year’s drop will be the 11th time it’s held.

Because of the pandemic, last year’s drop was held on Facebook to prevent crowds from gathering.