In order to commemorate certain occasions such as a public holiday or national event, countries from around the world will put on spectacular firework displays that are bound to wow an expectant crowd below.
Even though similar levels of excitement are possible when recreating your own illuminations and explosions with something like a platinum fireworks selection box that you’d pick up at your local Tesco, the following displays are worth seeing if you’re in the right place at the right time.
1) New Year’s Eve, Sydney Harbour, Australia
As one of the first countries to see in the New Year, Australia has a duty to get the party started. While it celebrates in much the same way as the rest of the globe, Sydney’s fireworks display is a one-of-a-kind extravaganza.
With fireworks lighting up the night sky over the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, this particular display should not be missed, even if it’s from the comfort of your own living room.
American Independence Day, New York, USA
All over the United States, you are guaranteed to witness some incredible firework displays on 4th July, the American Independence Day. However, the best of the best has got to be Macy’s Firework Spectacular in New York.
Over 40,000 different types of firework are used to create this display, which takes place over the Big Apple’s majestic and instantly recognisable skyline.
National Day, Singapore
To signify the country’s 50th year of independence, Singapore put on a fireworks display that would live long in the memory of its residents. On 9th August 2015, some amazing pyrotechnics lit up Marina Bay and kick-started the nation’s celebrations.
But don’t be too disappointed if you missed it, as paying tribute to Singapore’s independence with a fireworks display is an annual event here.
Malta International Fireworks Festival, Malta
Despite its diminutive size, the Mediterranean island of Malta goes big when it comes to fireworks. Every year at the end of April, pyrotechnic experts from both home and abroad display their expertise at the Malta International Fireworks Festival.
You might also be surprised to hear that fireworks have a long tradition in Malta, as primitive explosions were lit off from mortars as an expression of rejoicing during the Order of the Knights of St. John.
Bastille Day, Paris, France
In the morning of France’s national day, the largest military parade in Europe marches down Paris’ Champs-Élysées. However, celebrations for Bastille Day culminate in a magnificent fireworks display that lights up the Eiffel Tower.
The reason for such revelry is because the event marks the Storming of the Bastille, which was symbolic of the French Revolution and marked the beginning of the country’s modern day development.
Taking the time and making the effort to witness these fireworks first hand is well worth it, but just remember to follow the necessary safety precautions if you decide to create your own magnificent displays at home.
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