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Fireworks displays throughout the year


Published: 2 November 2017

Author: Zak Samuels

It’s that time of year, everything’s getting colder and darker… and then it reaches the 5th and the skies in the UK light up. There’s something magical about fireworks that never ceases to amaze us. It’s a shame that we don’t have more opportunities to gather together and witness these fantastic spectacles... But wait, there are celebrations throughout the year, around the world that use fireworks as their explosive finale. The Flexicover team has put a list of events together that feature these explosive artworks.

History of fireworks

Fireworks are thought to originate some 2,000 year ago in China. The legend goes that fireworks were accidentally discovered by a Chinese cook, who mixed charcoal, sulphur and saltpeter together (they were all common kitchen ingredients at the time the mixture then exploded, and with this, first instance of the firework was born.

Marco Polo is credited with bringing back gunpowder to the west in the 13th century, where it was primarily used for warfare. For years the only colours that were able to be produced were yellow and orange (using steel or charcoal), however by the 19th century red, green and blue were added to the palette.

We’re spoilt for choice in the UK on November 5th, so the Flexicover team has come up with some fireworks events that you can attend during the rest of the year.

Independence day, United States

This holiday marks the date of American Independence from the British Empire, and the Americans like to celebrate this each year in style. The fireworks displays on July 4th are always a sight to behold.

If you’re heading to New York around that time, make sure to catch the fireworks display from the Brooklyn Grange. This rooftop farm has been active since 2010 and offers a truly unique opportunity to experience the fantastic fireworks display on Independence Day.

New Year's Eve, Dubai

Dubai is famous for its extravagance and the fireworks displays here definitely live up to this reputation. The fireworks display is held at the Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the word), and is a truly remarkable experience. One of the best spots to watch this from is the footsteps of the Burj Khalifa. You’ll want to arrive early (around 5 or 6pm) as this area tends to get crowded really quickly.

There are also various spots that you can watch the show from Souk Al Bahar (just across the bridge from the Dubai mall). If you want to make the fireworks display part of your dining experience make sure that you book well in advance as the restaurants won’t have any walk-in tables available.

Australia Day, Australia

Held on January 26th, Australia day marks the arrival of the first British ships into what is now known as Port Jackson in New South Wales. Although the actual event happened in 1788, Australia day didn’t become a national event until 1935.

If you’re in Sydney make sure to watch their fantastic firework display from the harbour, if you can book early enough then there are some amazing views to be had from one of the river cruises, but these tend to get booked very quickly so make sure to do this asap if you want to take part.

In Perth one of the best spots is the Foreshore at the end of Sir James Mitchell Park, this is the perfect spot if you want to bring the family along for a picnic while you sit back and enjoy the spectacle.

National day, Singapore

National day in Singapore is held every year on the 9th August. This day celebrates the date of independence from Malaysia in 1965. This whole day is an amazing spectacle to behold. There is a parade held during the day with a variety of dances and music (this year they had a laser drone show as well!) for you to watch while getting ready for the grand finale that is the Singapore National day fireworks show.

If you don’t manage to get hold of a ticket for the event (you’ve got plenty of time), there are plenty of free options where you can catch this amazing display. One of the best options is the Helix Bridge on Bayfront Avenue. This lights up and is an amazing place to view the show from, it does get quite crowded though so don’t expect to find anywhere to sit.

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