What better place to hold a fireworks show than on the tallest building in the world? The Burj Khalifa Tower held an incredible fireworks show at it's grand opening, and now holds shows on New Years Eve every year. Watching fireworks shoot off of the building going up and down is an incredible sight.
As one of the first cities around the world to enter the New Year, Sydney in Australia holds a huge fireworks display every year. Millions of people watch as fireworks go off above the Sydney Opera House, Harbor, and Bridge.
A month long competition for fireworks, the Montreal International Fireworks Competition is the largest of it's kind in the world. Companies from around the globe bring their best 30 minute displays there to compete for the Jupiter award for best show.
Thunder Over Louisville is the kick-off event for the Kentucky Derby Festival that lasts weeks in Louisville. According to their site, they use over 60 tons of fireworks to pack as much punch into a 28 minute show as they can. If you're a fan of false finales, this show sounds right for you.
Currently the Palm Jumeirah and World Islands hold the world record for biggest firework display. They had an awe-inspiring show, shooting off over 479,000 shells on the two artificial islands. They shot off all of these in just 6 minutes, a rate of over 1000 shells per second! This show would definitely have been best viewed from a helicopter to showcase the cool designs of the islands.
This nine day festival features some of the most creative exhibitions of fireworks in the world. Not only do you get to see fireworks here, you can also partake in watersports, a badminton tournament, song and dance performances, a sandcastle competition, and partake of other South Korean culture.
Every year London hosts an impressive New Years firework display near Big Ben with fireworks coming off of the famous London Eye ferris wheel, but recently they have taken it to the next level. They had the world's first multi-sensory fireworks show, with certain periods of colored fireworks being matched with clouds of flavored confetti, such as strawberry or banana.
The Taipei 101 tower in Taiwan boasts a firework display every New Year that rivals the Burj Khalifa, perhaps only considered lesser because the Burj Khalifa is a bit taller. The tiers of the building work perfectly as launch pads for huge volleys of bright fireworks.
The opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics had one of the greatest firework displays ever. The ceremony held in the famous "bird nest" stadium had a grand show of fireworks that included unique 'footprint' fireworks.
The Katakai Festival in Japan is shorter than the other festivals, lasting only one day, but boasts a 3 hour long show. Japan also is the home of the world's largest single firework, a massive 992 pound shell that flies up a kilometer before exploding into an 800 meter across bloom.
Seeing the Eiffel Tower lit up with fireworks all around is definitely an amazing sight. Perhaps not the biggest or most impressive set of fireworks compared to some others, just seeing a show next to such an iconic landmark is a great experience.
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