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Remember remember the 5th of November

By November 4, 2011 No Comments
Netflights, Fireworks

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Remember remember the 5th of November – Bonfire night is a popular occasion for the whole family. Although home displays are becoming more and more popular, sometimes it is easier (and safer!) to go to your local display. Here is our guide to some of the best fireworks displays around the world:

New York:

At this time of year, New York comes alive with Christmas decorations and their famous tree in Rockefeller Center. However, they are also famed for their elaborate Independence Day fireworks on the 4th of July. Similarly, their New Year’s Eve display in Times Square has become legendary. Set against the backdrop of the Big Apple’s skyline, the Statue of Liberty is lit up as hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of fireworks explode in a breath taking display.


Although the Millennium fireworks were somewhat of a let down, the general New Year’s fireworks in the capital of the UK still draw crowds of thousands each year. You can watch Big Ben illuminated by the sparklers and the London Eye light up, the Houses of Parliament come alive and the River Thames sparkle. If you are going for NYE, wrap up warm, take flasks of hot drinks and make sure you have any tickets needed for restaurants or pubs. On Bonfire Night, there are several different displays scattered around London, such as Wembley, Clapham, Hammersmith and Victoria.


Although this is quite far to go for a fireworks display, the breath taking scenes would be a beautiful highlight for any trip to Oz. The displays tend to take place on the stunning harbour and light up the Australian sky. And where New Year’s is summer in Oz, every year hoards of partygoers flock to the harbour for the perfect view. If you really want to ring in the New Year with style, then you need to get on the water as that is where the real party is. Avoid the crowds and indulge in a luxury dinner cruise. Dress up for the occasion and enjoy the luxurious comfort as you celebrate the New Year in style.


Edinburgh festival goes out with a bang as it closes with a fireworks display glam enough to rival London. However, it is their annual Hogmanay celebrations that really draw in the crowds. A huge outdoor concert, the event finishes with a huge fireworks display. Based in the City Centre, this event is popular not only with locals, but with those who travel far and wide to witness the spectacle. The fantastic display is set beneath the stunning Edinburgh Castle and is Scotland showing the world they know how to party!


The lush seaside setting of this metropolitan city is just one of the reasons why thousands travel down to the South of England. The most popular event is held at Lewes, but if you don’t feel like competing with 50,000 other spectators then you can always check out the local schools and colleges or Brighton race track. The city’s biggest and arguably best event takes place at the Nevill Recreation Ground in Hove and is usually attended by thousands of residents.


The capital of France’s fireworks certainly have that ooh la la! If you like to countdown to the New Year in the warmth– literal and figurative– of a crowd, there are several places around the city where thousands of residents and visitors traditionally gather to uncork the champagne and shout “Bonne Annee!”

The Champs-Elysees is the place to head if you want to be at the centre of the party. Starting at around 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, people start to flock to the famous street, often bringing along bottles and plastic flutes. From many places on the Champs-Elysees, you can get a good view of the Eiffel Tower, which explodes into a sparkling dance of light at the stroke of midnight.

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