Happy New Year! It’s the start of a brand new year – 2020 here we go – and how pumped are you? An essential every new year is, of course, the countdown and the fireworks. After all, new year celebrations only come round once a year, and it signifies the start of something new. If you didn’t manage to catch some fireworks last night (like me!), no worries. Scroll down and check out these cities where you can check out brilliant new year fireworks – available every year so you can plan ahead at your convenience!
One of the best places to catch amazing pyrotechnics is the Brandenburg Gate, because bursts of colour and light showering over the iconic gate is a sight to behold indeed! Plus, live music, food stalls, light shows? All recipe for a great party! Fireworks of course go off at midnight, but you can party on till the sun comes up!
Sydney is one of the first major international cities to welcome the new year, and Sydney puts on great fireworks shows every year. It’s difficult not to, especially when you have Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge as your backdrop. If you ever go for it, you’ll be one of the first to welcome the new year too!
3) Niagara Falls, Canada
Okay – I know. This isn’t really a city, but come on! Who wouldn’t like to experience having two great views at the same time? Do you really want to miss out on watching live fireworks bursting over the iconic Niagara Falls? Imagine welcoming the new year as the water rushes down in front of you, and fireworks exploding in the night sky above you!
Currently, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the tallest building in the world, which makes watching new year fireworks here just a little more special. This building is no stranger to putting on spectacular entertainment, including water and light shows, and you wouldn’t want to miss fireworks being launched from the whole length of the Burj Khalifa!
5) Rio de Janeiro
In-the-city celebrations not your thing? Head over to Rio de Janeiro, where you can welcome the new year on one of its many beaches. Of course, the most popular destination for new year’s celebrations is Copacabana Beach. Sand between your toes, wind in your hair, fireworks in the sky… is there a better way to welcome the new year?
6) Hong Kong
The place to go to for new year fireworks in Hong Kong is none other than Victoria Harbour. NYE celebrations are always in full swing, and the fireworks here are second to none. Choose your spot – whether you’re watching from the ground along the shoreline, sequestered up in a high-rise building, or gazing at it all from a boat – it’s unforgettable for sure!
Along the Victoria Embankment and South Bank areas of the River Thames where the London Eye and Big Ben are located is where the fireworks display is. In fact, to “officially” watch the display, you have to purchase tickets due to safety reasons. However, there still are plenty of places surrounding the area where you can watch for free!
The place in Taipei where everyone gathers to welcome the new year is the Taipei 101 building. Just like the Burj Khalifa, it launches fireworks seemingly from various floors of the buildings. You don’t have to be really close to watch it either – people usually just crowd the streets in the Xinyi District and watch from there!
At Marina Bay Sands with the Singapore skyline in the background, the pyrotechnics are majestic indeed. The surrounding city buildings add to the occasional by being brightly lit as well, and the water reflects the lights and colours of the fireworks, which in my opinion, is a pretty cool sight!
10) New York City
Granted, NYC is more popular for watching the ball drop than its fireworks, but you haven’t properly celebrated the new year till you watch the ball drop in Times Square. The ball dropped for the first time to welcome 1908, and it’s been an annual tradition, in 1942 and 1943 due to war. Nothing screams “HAPPY NEW YEAR!” more than just being in NYC!