The Best New Year's Eve 2024 Fireworks Displays From Around the World
2023 is well and truly behind us and we're now enjoying the first few days of 2024. For a lot of us, this is the first weekend after heading back to work after the holiday break and let's be honest, it's cold, it's VERY wet, the bank balance is low and the likelihood of doing anything exciting this weekend is pretty slim.
But, we're bringing the excitement to you with our roundup of the best New Year's Eve 2024 firework displays from around the world.
Sydney is the first major city to celebrate New Year's Eve and as always, they didn't disappoint with their iconic display from the Sydney Harbour.
The Sydney display is watched annually by 425 million people worldwide and over 1 million people flocked to the area this year, with some people tag teaming across 3 days to hold the best spot to see the show. Lucky they have NYE in summer over there as we don't think we'd be waiting for 3 days out in the elements to watch a NYE show here in the UK!
What do you think? Was it worth the wait for them?
Marina Bay, Singapore
Fireworks lit up the sky over Marina Bay for the second time since the pandemic started and it's safe to say they they are well and truly back on the swing of putting on a fantastic display!
Ras Al Khaimam, United Arab Emirates
The UAE put on another world record breaking display, making it the 5th year in a row that their NYE display has broken records. This year they set the record for the ‘Longest chain of aquatic floating fireworks’ across a total of 5.8km and the 'Longest straight-line drones display’ for a total length of 2km.
Hong Kong rang in 2024 with its grandest display yet, featuring a spectacular 12-minute fireworks display launched from the rooftops of its towering skyscrapers. Thousands gathered along Victoria Harbour to watch the event, marking the city's return to such festivities after the cancellation of the display in 2019 due to anti-government protests and the following pandemic disruptions.
Thailand welcomed 2024 with a spectacular fireworks show that saw 50,000 illuminations launched along the curve of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok and above the Grand Palace.
Paris put on a fantastic display as usual, but it also prompted a debate on Twitter/X about people not living in the moment after footage emerged of what looked like the entire crowd recording the countdown and start of the display instead of celebrating with the people around them.
Not a single person living in the moment… pic.twitter.com/KwCQ7zqLPX— NO CONTEXT HUMANS (@HumansNoContext) January 1, 2024
What do you think? Should people have put the phones away or not?
London, United Kingdom
Despite harsh weather conditions, 100,000 people gathered on the banks of the River Thames to witness London's impressive New Year's Eve firework show. The 12-minute spectacular, complemented by a drone light show and music, featured 12,000 fireworks and celebrated various milestones such as the 75th anniversary of the NHS and a decade of legalised same-sex marriage in England and Wales.
The crowd cheered as Big Ben rang in midnight, while messages from influential figures added to the unity-themed display, with the theme "London: A Place for Everyone".
Dubai, Abu Dhabi
Dubai welcomed in 2024 with their annual display launched from the tallest skyscraper in the world, the Burj Khalifa. The area had a staggering influx of tourism with every hotel that looks out on the Burj Khalifa reporting 100% occupancy, and the surrounding area reported occupancy rates over 90%.
Dallas Texas, USA
Dallas saw in the new year with a drone and fireworks display that included more than 5,000 pyrotechnic special effects fired from Reunion Tower and a 300-drone light show that took the audience through iconic moments from the last century.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Want to see how these displays compare to last year's?
Relive the best displays from some of the most iconic landmarks across the world and watch 2023's best new years eve firework displays from around the globe.