The Most Spectacular New Year's Fireworks Displays Around the World
There's something magical about fireworks. The way they light up the night sky is truly a sight to behold. And when it comes to New Year's Eve, what better way to ring in the New Year than with a spectacular display of pyrotechnics? From Sydney to Dubai to New York City, these are some of the best New Year's Eve fireworks displays in the world.
Times Square, New York City, USA
No list of amazing New Year's Eve fireworks displays would be complete without the iconic Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration in New York City. Every New Year's Eve, hundreds of thousands of people flock to Times Square to watch the ball drop and to witness the magnificent, dazzling fireworks display over Manhattan. This grand celebration truly ushers in the start of a new year. If you're lucky enough to be in NYC for New Year's Eve, make sure you get there early to snag a good spot. The fireworks start at midnight sharp and last for about 15 minutes. If you're looking for a truly unforgettable way to ring in 2023, this is it.
Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Australia
If you want to be one of the first people to welcome in the new year, then Sydney is the place to be. That's because at midnight on December 31st, Sydney becomes one of the first major cities in the world to celebrate the start of a new year. And they do it in style with a massive fireworks display over beautiful Sydney Harbour. The Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House provide the perfect backdrop for the vibrant show. More than 100,000 fireworks are launched from the bridge and surrounding rooftops and the show is synchronized to music that's broadcasted live on television and radio. If you want to get a good spot, you'll need to arrive early and be prepared to camp out overnight—but it is definitely worth it!
Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
For something truly over-the-top, put Dubai at the top of your list. On New Year's Eve, Dubai pulls out all the stops with a jaw-dropping fireworks display that takes place at both the Burj Khalifa—the tallest building in the world—and Downtown Dubai. With more than 400,000 fireworks set off during the show, this is an event that you'll definitely want to experience at least once in your life.
In Spain, it is traditional to eat 12 grapes at midnight on New Year's Eve. Each grape represents one month of the upcoming year and eating all 12 grapes guarantees good luck in the coming year. At midnight, Spanish cities are filled with the sound of church bells ringing and people cheering. Of course, no celebration would be complete without fireworks! The skies over Madrid and Barcelona are lit up with vibrant displays.
If you're spending New Year's Eve in London, you'll have your pick of activities. The city celebrates with several large-scale events, including a concert at Hyde Park and a huge firework display over the River Thames. For a less crowded (and less expensive) experience, head to Primrose Hill or Alexandra Palace, where you can still see great views of the London skyline lit up by fireworks.
Cairo is known as the "City of a Thousand Minarets" for its abundance of Islamic architecture, but it also boasts some of the best New Year's fireworks in Africa. The celebrations take place along the famed Nile River, where you can get a front-row seat to the show by boarding one of the many party boats that cruise up and down the river. Or, if you prefer to keep your feet on solid ground, you can watch the fireworks from anywhere along the riverbank. Either way, you'll be treated to a colorful display set against the backdrop of Cairo's skyline.
There's something special about welcoming in a new year with a bang—and I don't mean hangovers! Fireworks are simply mesmerizing and there's no better way to ring in 2023 than with one of these spectacular shows from around the world. So whether you find yourself in Times Square or Sydney Harbour this New Year's Eve, make sure you take some time to enjoy the show. Happy New Year!