The winter months bring with it colder weather, thicker clothes and dark nights, as well as a few traditional celebrations taking place across the United Kingdom. With Bonfire Night taking place on Sunday, we take a look at some of the very best firework displays around the world.
On Friday 26th January Australians will gather in cities and towns across the country to celebrate Australia Day. The occasion is to celebrate the diversity and achievements of the nation, with countless festivities going on.
Sydney Harbour comes alive with people being treated to concerts, races and markets before coming together for an extravagant fireworks display. With the backdrop of one of Australia’s most iconic landmarks and the waters reflecting the colours, there are few more spectacular locations for a fireworks display.
Head to Montreal on a Silversea Cruise for the biggest pyrotechnics competition anywhere in the world, as the Canadian city hosts the Montreal International Fireworks Competition. Running since 1985, it is a major attraction for the area, with thousands coming for the month-long event.
Buy a ticket to be right up close to the show, where the displays will be complemented with music. Alternatively, you can find a number of beautiful spots to enjoy the fireworks from a distance. The 2017 celebrations were some of the biggest in its history, as they celebrated Montreal’s 375th anniversary.
Elsewhere, you can check out the Christmas Fireworks displays which run from December 9th until January 6th 2018. The Old Port is the venue for this “pyro-musical”, where each show is perfectly choreographed with music.
France’s most significant national holiday, Bastille Day, which is celebrated with lavish parties across the country, but few are as special as the ones in Paris. The French have been holding events on the 14th July since 1880, with the build-up to the day beginning as soon as the previous year’s merriments have finished.
Festivities kick off at 10.00am, when a traditional military parade begins along the Champs Elysees, before an aerobatic display. Across the city you can find numerous events, musical and art performances to commemorate the start of the French Revolution.
As the evening draws in, the Eiffel Tower’s lights will turn on before the skies above Paris illuminate with a dramatic fireworks display. All of these colours exploding in the background of one of the world’s most famous landmarks makes for a really spectacular experience.
Across the country we mark the infamous moment when Guy Fawkes failed to blow up the Houses of Parliament and King James I on the 5th November 1605 in the Gunpowder Plot. Today it is commonly known as Bonfire Night and throughout London you can find a great selection of firework displays to enjoy.
Battersea Park Fireworks Display
Thousands descend upon the banks of the River Thames on the 4th November to witness the Battersea Park Fireworks. Warm yourself up with some hot food and drink from the numerous stalls, while you admire one of the biggest displays in the capital.
Lambeth Fireworks at Brockwell Park
One the whole family can really enjoy, the Lambeth Fireworks at Brockwell Park includes a different theme each year. This November, dress up or simply admire the ‘A night at the movies’ theme, where a 20-minute display is coupled with famous soundtracks and iconic quotes from some of the best-loved blockbuster movies.
New York City
Fireworks are synonymous with the 4th of July in America. The federal holiday in the US remembers Independence Day and one of the best places to be is New York.
Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks have been wowing crows since 1976, when it was originally established to celebrate the country’s bicentennial. In 2017, 300 firework shells went off every second, making 2,400 bursts and effects a minute in a brilliant synchronized display.
But this is an event that runs throughout the day. Acts like Jennifer Lopez, Charlie Puth and Sheryl Crow entertained the crowds this year, as well as much more going on throughout the area.
While fireworks might be confined to one night a year in other countries, Valencia lets them off throughout the year. Locals are obsessed with the colours, the sound, the art and the detail of them.
But one event does stand out above most. Las Fallas, or Fallas Fiestas, is an explosive cocktail of fireworks, music, costumes, laughter and bright colours. Between March 15 and 19 this festival draws in visitors from across the globe, with activities and shows going on throughout the week. Though the final evening is the real highlight.
Why should fireworks be confined to a few birthdays and one main evening at the start of November? Ditch the woolly hats and head to some of the best firework displays around the world for a take on how different cultures embrace pyrotechnics.
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