Have you been counting down until you can vacation again after a year full of upheaval from the global pandemic? If so, you may be looking for inspiration for fun places to go and things to do.
With the Fourth of July coming up quickly and New Year’s Eve likely to be here before we know it, you might like to travel to a place known for its epic fireworks celebrations. Some of the greatest shows on earth happen up in the sky when governments and event organizers put on firework spectaculars. Here are top options to put on your bucket list.
Fourth of July in New York City
There are excellent Fourth of July firework displays held in many locations across the United States each year, but one that’s truly worth checking out is the celebration held in New York City. Watch the skyline erupt with dazzling sparkles that reaffirm why NYC is one of the most visited places in the world. Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular is renowned globally and generally involves various types of bulk fireworks in assorted shades and styles fired from barges positioned on the East River.
The show features professionally choreographed pyrotechnics imbued with more “wow” from a different musical score each year. These scores feature classic and patriotic tunes performed by award-winning artists, such as John Legend in 2020. Displays can be seen from many locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens that have views of the East River. For a great seat to take in the entertainment, you might like to have drinks at a rooftop bar, a picnic in a well-located park, or climb aboard a cruise boat.
Bastille Day in Paris
France celebrates its national Bastille Day every July 14th, which marks the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille prison, a key event in the French Revolution. Like the Fourth of July in America, the French cap off their major holiday with fantastic firework displays. Paris, as you’d imagine, is one of the best spots to witness these.
The fireworks are typically set off from the iconic Eiffel Tower and the gardens of Trocadero. If you’ve never seen the Eiffel Tower in person before, this is the perfect opportunity to see it ablaze in a display you won’t easily forget. Enjoy choreographed multicolored fireworks lighting up the sky in a colorful ceremony that bursts into life against the backdrop of the Parisian skyline.
Festival International d’Art Pyrotechnique in Cannes
Another French feast for the senses to attend is the annual Festival International d’Art Pyrotechnique, held in Cannes during various dates from around March to August. The International Fireworks Festival in this cultural hub stretch over multiple evenings when specialists from across the globe dazzle audiences with pyro musical shows. They take part for the chance to win coveted awards voted on by a jury and the public.
Competitors flock to Cannes to showcase their pyrotechnical expertise during 25-minute displays, each with different themes and musical accompaniments. Around 200,000 visitors watch the shows annually, with competitors coming from all over, including Australia, the United States, South America, China, and Europe.
Las Fallas in Valencia
Also in Europe is Las Fallas, a pyrotechnic festival that lasts for more than two weeks and runs in Valencia, Spain, every March. The final evening, in particular, is not to be missed, as it boasts the biggest show of the week. During the festival, take note of giant papier-mache figures displayed throughout the city, modeled on celebrities and politicians. The creations are later stuffed with fireworks and set alight.
The Fallas of Valencia is a festival that combines tradition, satire, and art and stems from the old carpenter’s tradition of celebrating the arrival of spring by burning pieces of wood that propped up lights during the winter.
New Year’s Eve in Sydney
When it comes to New Year’s Eve fireworks displays, you’re spoiled for choice, with most major cities putting on fabulous shows. However, it’s hard to go past Sydney to ring in the new year. Watch a fireworks celebration alongside over a million other revelers keen to see the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge lit up by colorful lights. Position yourself somewhere along the shores of the city’s pretty harbor to get a magnificent view.
These are just some of the top displays to put on your must-see list. Others to consider include Bonfire Night (Guy Fawkes Night) in London or other spots in England and the Festival of Lights in Vancouver, Canada. Also, attend the Katakai Fireworks Festival in Niigata, Japan, or the Festa del Redentore in Venice, Italy. No matter which events you choose to explore, be sure to pack a quality camera or video to capture some footage of what you see.