Did you know that there is not much fireworks going on here? In Germany eight year old kids are pyrotechnicians and I never felt quite safe downtown in a big city in Germany (only at New Year’s eve). No harm here. In Flagstaff, Arizona, they drop a pine cone from the historical (well, kind of old, yes, for America it is!) Weatherford Hotel. The first countdown is at 10 pm – how convenient for families and those who love to go to bed early, as this is 12 o clock at the East Coast.