Illuminated: Best Fireworks Displays Around the World
Collected by Lindsey Tramuta, AFAR Contributor
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...
11 Bridge St, Lambertville, NJ 08530, USA
Please tell me: who doesn’t like fireworks? Even better- free entertainment? Lambertville (NJ) and New Hope (PA) combine the two and collectively ignite the warmer months with a fifteen minute firework show displayed over the Delaware River every...
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...
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...
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...
M St NW, Washington, DC, USA
Spending 4th of July in the nation's capital was an unforgettable moment. With beautiful fireworks on display, we stood on the roof of a friend's place right by M street and enjoyed a spectacular show. The river was filled with viewers on their...
Bellevue, NE, USA
As you drive through an ordinary, suburban neighborhood near Walnut Creek, you don't expect to find anything unique. However, take a couple turns and you're suddenly in front of a huge hill. For a full 360 degree view, head up Candy Mountain for...
Av Central, 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...
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA
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, 30100 Venezia VE, Italy
St. Mark's Square is Venice's main square. This famous 12th-century piazza is vast and very popular. Along the sides of the piazza, you see arches and arcades. The arcades are lined with shops and elegant restaurants.There are two famous cafes in...
Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
There are so many major sights to see in Rome that it is easy to get caught up in hurrying from tourist option A to Z! We hurried along with the best of them, but the favorite part of our time in the city was walking the neighborhoods in the...
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...
Klamath Falls, OR, OR, USA
A friend and I drove from SF to Portland, stopping by Crater Lake. We stayed about 30 min outside of the lake in a town called Fort Klamath. Here is a picture of the most memorable 4th of July fireworks show - quiet, still and alone with a full...
1003 Upper Fort St, Millers Point NSW 2000, Australia
We visited Sydney for the first time for New Year's Eve 2011, joining 2 million other people all vying to to get a good view of the world renowned fireworks on the Sydney Harbour. We're both a bit wary of crowds and long queues, but we didn't want...
Champs-Élysées, Paris, France
S. Marco, 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...