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World's Best Fireworks Displays

Updated on May 28, 2018

Nothing brings the ooohs and aaahs out of a crowd like a sky-lighting fireworks display. They are awesome, they are colorful, they are loud. Pyrotechnics are an enduring passion to some as they strive to perfect and enhance them. It is the art of fire, the craft of technique and the science of chemistry and physical phenomena. Pyrotechnics originated in China with the invention of black powder around the 1st century AD. Since then fireworks have become a well anticipated event for whole families and a lucrative business for others as well. Here are some exceptional fireworks displays from around the world.



Sydney, Australia considers itself the New Year's Eve capital of the world and it just might be. From the first burst of color at midnight to the grand finale, the skies of Sydney harbor are illuminated with majestic displays all to the delight of the 1.5 million spectators that attend. The twelve minute show has fireworks firing from several barges in the harbor, the awesome Sydney Harbour Bridge and from the rooftops of seven city skyscrapers. It's a show not to be missed. Using special microchip technology, Sydney's New Year's Eve display builds momentum to an unforgettable climax.



In Japan, it doesn't have to be a holiday to enjoy a great fireworks display. It is a summer long event culminating in a fireworks competition in August. Called hanabi by the locals, the Japanese consider fireworks as "flowers of fire". Japanese pyrotechnicians are some of the best in the world. They are skilled at creating state-of-the-art techniques that draw global attention. On the 4th Saturday in August, the Omagari National Fireworks Competition draws up to a million spectators. It is the ultimate in technique and tradition.


The great city of Montreal hosts the International des Feux Loto-Quebec fireworks competition each year at Quebec's La Ronde amusement park. This spectacular event which draws up to three million people incorporates musical score in conjunction with the thunder of the fire. Pyrotechnicians in Montreal are regarded as artists and fireworks usuall play an important role in any celebration. Other Canadian cities are renowned for their fireworks as well. Vancouver's prestigious "Celebration Of Light" attracts some of the world's best fireworks designers and is considered a musical pyrotechnics extravaganza.


In America, Independence Day celebrations mean fireworks. There is no better place to watch them than at the Boston Harbor. For over thirty years, the Boston Pops Orchestra plays on the fourth of July and has continued the tradition of performing the 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky at the climax of the fireworks display. Folks line both sides of the Charles River to witness the event. Other American cities have their own unique traditions. From the skyline of New York and Washington DC to the quiet beauty of Addison, Texas and Lake Tahoe, fireworks light the sky in celebration.


What better backdrop for a fireworks display than the domes, spires and bell towers of Venice. The Festa del Redentore combines a religious holiday with a spectacular celebration in the delightful setting of St. Mark's Basin. Small boats decorated with balloons and colorful lanterns line up beside each other in the bay. In the envious Italian tradition, great feasts are prepared and enjoyed while waiting for the fireworks show. Thousands flock there to participate each year in a tradition that dates back to 1577.


The purpose of the fireworks celebration in Pohang is to bring joy to the people. Pohang is known as the "City of LIght and Fire" and locals intend to retain its tradition and meaning. It is the first place the sun rises in the Korean Peninsula and the heart of the country's science and technology industries. For that reason, it sponsors the POSCO International Fireworks Festival which drawsmillions of people each year. Their artistic music displays are themed and composed of four movements in what is called the "Symphony of Light".


One of London's flagship fireworks displays takes place at the picturesque site of Battersea Park. This first-rate fireworks display brings bundled up young and old every November to remember Guy Fawkes and witness the stunning pyrotechnics and huge bonfire. The bar is open and the food is plentiful. With a riverside setting, hoops of multicolored lights illuminate the sky and there are always some surprises. Of course Battersea Park isn't the only venue. Bonfire night is celebrated all over the UK and there is much fun to be had.


It's Copacabana and they know how to party. Over two million people hit the beach each New Year's Eve for the festivities. Tradition mandates that everyone wears white, brings flowers to later toss in the sea, and pop the cork on a bottle of champagne - spraying is expected. The fireworks start at midnight to bring in the new year. The launching points are situated on barges, a safe distance from the beach and the eager crowds. Fireworks displays there are well known for their magnificent cascades.


Since 80 percent of the world's fireworks are produced by Chinese pyrotechnic manufacturers, it makes sense that the Shanghai International Music Fireworks Festival is grand. The Chinese believe fireworks can get rid of bad luck. Hosted in Century Park, the festival brings pyrotechnic teams from around the world who vie to create the most exotic displays. The fireworks are accompanied by traditional Chinese music. The most fabulous display is selected by expert judges and presented to the spectators who wait in anticipation.

These are just a sampling of the fireworks spectaculars celebrated around the world. Each city has its own unique tradition and style.

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      vince jofer bernales 

      8 years ago

      that wast the collest fireworks ever,i wont to see in real life

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      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Amazing pictures and videos. Agree with Sabin, Sydney is the Best.

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      Sabin Adhikari 

      8 years ago

      Sydney is the Best

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      9 years ago

      I say dubai has the best fireworks, it lights up the whole palm jumeriah!!!

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      9 years ago

      Genevas' best fireworks are not on Swiss nationnal day (01 August) but on the "fête de Genève", also at the beginning of August. And yes, its fantastic!

    • suziecat7 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Asheville, NC

      carolp - Fireworks are exciting. Thanks for reading.

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      9 years ago from Switzerland

      I love fireworks. They bring me into a world of fantasy and real imagination. It excites my emotion and calms my soul.

    • suziecat7 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Charlesroring - Yes - the Japanese are the experts. Thanks for your comment.

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      9 years ago from Asheville, NC

      McPit - I'll check out Geneva's Festivities. Thanks for the comment.

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      9 years ago

      Thank you for showing those beautiful fireworks. I really enjoy watching them. Yes, I agree with your statement in the above article that Japanese pyrotechnicians are some of the best in the world because Japan has a university which opens a special study program in pyrotechnic engineering. I used to watch an English program in NHK - a state owned Japanese TV which showed how students and lecturers in pyrotechnic develop beautiful fireworks using rice husks as one of the ingredients.

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      9 years ago

      Sorry guys, Sydney's fireworks are crap compared to Geneva's on Swiss national day! (1 hour long)

    • suziecat7 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Better Yourself - thanks - I like them too.

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      9 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Oskar - I'll check out your Hub.

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      Better Yourself 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      This is wonderful suziecat! Great videos, I love fireworks.

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      9 years ago

      fireworks are nice but a lot people get hurt with you want see my hub,what tell how to stay safe

    • suziecat7 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Gma - Sounds like you had a wonderful wedding. Thanks for sharing.

      Katrinasui - Glad you enjoyed. Thanks for stopping by.

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      9 years ago

      I love fireworks. Videos are really wonderful.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      10 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      This is a fondness I have - so much so that I arranged to have my wedding on a day when Lake Geneva would have fireworks. We rented a small yacht and the wedding party and my wonderful husband I set sail. It was magical. Love fireworks.

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      10 years ago from Asheville, NC

      richtwf - I missed that one. I'll have to check it out. Thanks for reading.

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      10 years ago

      I saw fireworks and thought I'd take a look at your article. I enjoyed reading it and I thought there might be a small mention about the fireworks in Hong Kong harbour. It's a fantastic 20 minute display to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

    • suziecat7 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Thank you all for taking the time to stop by.

      MakeMoney - The Edinburgh links were wonderful - thanks.

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      10 years ago from Texas, USA

      Nice article I love fireworks :)

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      James Flynn 

      10 years ago from Edinburgh

      OOOOh! AAAAh! suziecat7 - you missed out Edinburgh - TWICE a year at the end of the Edinburgh Festival and also at Hogmanay (New Years!). It is one of the largest and amazing displays in the world as it is all done in, on and above Ednburgh castle. Here is a link to this years display - There are some great pics here too .

      Hope that adds and completes your collection.

      Voting up in the hope you will include!! :-)


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      Stephanie Marshall 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Love fireworks - especially with Independence Day in the U.S. coming up! Great photos and video :-)

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      10 years ago

      wow nice post

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      10 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Great hub for fire work collection around the world. I like this information. Fire work always beautiful to see. And I think we all love fire work. It remind us at the Happy New Year celebration. Fire work was the favorite show. Good job, my friend. I rate this Up.


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      10 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Great article! I made sure to vote you up and click a few ads on my way through as a thank you for your article writing efforts! :) I LOVE fireworks too!

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      10 years ago

      Great hub, thanks for the lead on Maylin Firework, we could have our own great fireworks :)

    • suziecat7 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Jill and Loria - thanks for commenting. Fireworks are fun!

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      10 years ago

      Fireworks are so much fun, but I have to admit that I don't like the crowds anymore and prefer watching them on tv.

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      jill of alltrades 

      10 years ago from Philippines

      I love fireworks! I love your photos. I wish I could also have beautiful fireworks photos like yours. My fireworks photos are not for display yet.

      We usually have an annual fireworks competition here. Several countries like Australia, China, Germany, etc. usually join the competition. The displays are just so amazing.

      Thanks for this beautiful hub Suzie!

    • suziecat7 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Hey all - just getting ready for 4th of July. THanks for commenting.

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      James A Watkins 

      10 years ago from Chicago

      Great Hub! I like your choice of an original topic and you wrote about it well. China makes 80%? Who knew? I do now, thanks to you.

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      10 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      These were great. I had to look in on the United States group, even though I live here, and was happy to see New Orleans fireworks displayed, since I lived there for about six years. Entertaining hub, with brillient colors which is what fireworks are all about. (: v

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      10 years ago from TEXAS

      Wonderful!! Thanks suziecat!!

    • suziecat7 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Asheville, NC

      deepthought - I'm for anything that brings out the kid in us. We are all so serious. Thank you so much for reading.

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      10 years ago from Asheville, NC

      oishi - I love learning new words. Glad you enjoyed.

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      10 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Ethel - thanks - yes, one word is not enough for them.

      Darlene - Fireworks are spirit-lifters for sure. Thanks for commenting.

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      10 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Akirchner - yes it certainly would.

      Carolina muscle - so glad you stopped by.

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      10 years ago from In the middle of nowhere and worldwide but still that T.O.kid from da north of America

      Nice article Suziecat, It's amazing how fireworks still brings out the kids in us all

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      10 years ago

      That was a cool topic. Fireworks are really awesome. This is something which is loved by people cutting across territories (as proved by your article) and age barrier. Great snaps and videos too. I am not a native English speaker and I picked up a new word Pyrotechnics . We all love to watch fireworks but once it is over no one gives much thought to the fact that how much effort must have gone behind these few minutes show. Great job, Suzie.

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      Darlene Sabella 

      10 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      How cool is this, such a fun hub, thanks for lifting my spirits, thanks....thumbs up

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      Ethel Smith 

      10 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I only wanted to say Fab but hubpages tells me that's too short a comment. So here I go again-FAB

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      carolina muscle 

      10 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      cool post and super cool pics, Suziecat!!

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Great pics and videos! It would be lovely to see them up close and personal!

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      10 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Hi reddog - thanks for stopping by.

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      10 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thanks for the addition to my "places to go before I die" list. I especially enjoyed the videos.

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      10 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Thank you all for stopping by.

      drbj -yes, I know way too much about fireworks now.

      Sounds like fun, Dolores.

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      Dolores Monet 

      10 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Susie, I love fireworks and your pictures are beautiful. My favorite place to watch fireworks is in Ocean City, Maryland. You spread out a blanket on the sand, run to the boardwalk and grab some fried dough, and enjoy.

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      drbj and sherry 

      10 years ago from south Florida

      Wow, susiecat, what a collection of amazing fireworks photos and videos and fireworks links. You are now the Queen of the Fireworks!

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      10 years ago

      Thanks for the fabulous videos!


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