Celebrating with fireworks
Collected by Adriana Yampey, AFAR Local Expert
Harumi, Chūō, Tokyo 104-0053, Japan
During the summer months, Tokyo (and the rest of Japan) puts on a veritable smorgasbord of spectacular fireworks shows, all of which are ensconced in a larger festival atmosphere replete with kimono-clad women, fluttering folding fans, and rows...
10201 NE 4th St, Bellevue, WA 98004, USA
Nothing says the 4th of July in the United States like a good fireworks show. In 2010, I took my tripod out to the park and pointed my camera not at the sky, but at the park's pond. My efforts rendered unique crazy shocks of light reflected in...
Calle Rubén Darìo, Av. Central Nte., León, Nicaragua
With my rudimentary Spanish, I hadn’t understood why a local suggested wearing long pants to the night’s festival. “Because of the fireworks,” she had said (I thought). The recommendation seemed odd considering the stifling heat and humidity. But...
Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, UK
In Scottish, Hogmanay means the last day of the year. It's a time for celebration to welcome in the new year. And no place does it better than Edinburgh. Its three days of celebrations begin with a torchlight procession on December 30 where 40,000...
Champs-Élysées, Paris, France
Viale Cavriga, 3, 20900 Monza MB, Italy
One day for each of its respective patron saints isn't enough for the city of Monza, which hosts events and exhibitions for the entire month of June to honor St. Gerardo and St John the Baptist. With special masses, sagre (local festivals), and a...
Piscina S. Moise, 1459, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
An important Venetian holiday is held on the third week in July. It is the Feast of the Redentore, commemorating the end of the plague that killed fifty thousand people including Titian. The fireworks display is so extensive and significant that...
55 5th Ave, New York, NY 10003, USA
The NYC skyline is a sight to behold on a normal day, but on the 4th of July, get to your nearest rooftop to see the buildings aglow as the lights from the fireworks displays and the millions of apartment windows dance together in the billowing...
Avenue de la Grille d'Honneur, 92210 Saint-Cloud, France
It's nearly impossible to think of summer in Paris without conjuring the image of young, Parisians in cut-off shorts singing along to some of the world's greatest rock bands at Rock en Seine, the city's leading annual music festival. Since 2003,...
815 E Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
In town for Labor Day weekend? Greater Cincinnati/Northern KY area sends off summer with a huge bang every year down by the river during its annual P&G Riverfest WEBN Labor Day Fireworks show. WEBN's rock tunes are blasted and choreographed to...
Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
Described by Napoleon as the "Drawing Room of Europe," Venice's principal public square is dominated by Saint Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace—as well as its famous pigeons. Wander the framing porticos, have coffee at Quadri or...
Golden Gate Bridge, California, USA
Kan Yeik Tha Road, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Rudyard Kipling was right, "it is unlike any place you know about..." but as I sat there watching the fireworks near Kandawagyi Lake in Rangoon, I couldn't help but think that this country on the verge of democracy was truly unlike any place I had...
Casteau, 7061 Soignies, Belgium
We have lived overseas for many years, around different American bases but no matter where we are we can always enjoy a good fireworks show on the 4th of July. This time it was at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) that we got...
Brooklyn, NY 11225, USA
After the congestion and chaos of Manhattan, a day in Prospect Park provided a welcome return to open spaces and slow paces, narrow trails lost in the trees, frisbees, and the clean sound of crunching leaves. A quirky fellow passing through on the...
Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico
New Year's is far from a one-evening, countdown affair in Teotitlan del Valle. Celebrated with the traditional 12 wish grapes, ample bottles of local, aged mescal and a bonanza of fireworks, the 3-day new year is nothing short of impressive. The...
Black Rock City, NV, USA
Burning Man conjures up all kinds of images for those who’ve never been. Naked new agers dancing till dawn. Polyamorous pursuers fueled by ecstasy. Yes, the Playa (the desert stage where the Man, the temple, and much of the art is located) is a...
Each year RAF Alconbury Air Force Base in England, hosts a patriotic firework show for the American military/DOD/contractor families that work on the bases in the area. However, due to the major cutbacks to all the military installations around...
Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
100 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2N2, Canada
The Cavalcade of Lights, held at Toronto's City Hall near the end of every November is the inauguration of the holiday season. The Christmas Tree (or Holiday Tree, as some in our politically correct city call it) is lit and the skating rink opens....
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