With Guy Fawkes night around the corner on November 5th, most thrill-seekers will be traveling to watch some fireworks in the UK. But what about the rest of the year? Here are the Top 5 Firework Displays - all renowned for wowing the crowds worldwide, along with some sparkling boutique hotel recommendations.
New Year’s Eve at Copacabana, 31 December 2012
Over two million people each year watch the impressive New Year’s fireworks at the Brazilian beach, named in honour of Our Lady of Copacabana. For those whose music and passion are always the fashion, Copacabana is the place to be on NYE – last year David Guetta held a free concert. Return flights from London to Rio de Janeiro in December (returning in January 2013) start from £549 on momondo.co.uk
Casa Mosquito - Ipanema
Rio’s first beachside boutique hotel, where vivacious Copacabana melts into chic Ipanema. This intimate boutique hotel, perched on a hill, is the perfect location to not only see the fireworks in the distance but also to marvel at the sight of the Rio de Janeiro’s legendary beaches.
New Year’s Fireworks on Sydney Harbour, 31 December 2012
Australia is home to possibly the most well known global firework event, held annually on New Year’s Eve atSydney Harbour. With 1.5 million spectators, the array of fireworks can easily be seen from the inner west Gladesville Bridge, to the famous headlands, forming the entrance to the harbour in Sydney Harbour National Park. Flights from London to Sydney in December 2012 (returning January 2013) start from £819 on momondo.co.uk
Diamant hotel - Potts Point
Although positioned as more of a business hotel, the design is modern and slick and is situated moments away from Sydney Habour. The pent house and a few of the suites have splendid views overlooking the harbour and bridge and are perfect to catch the full experience of the firework spectacle.
Madeira Fireworks Festival – 8, 15, 22 & 29 June 2013
Every year Madeira hosts its own Fireworks Festival -and on every Saturday in June a pyro-musical show fills the bay of Funchal with light and colour. Funchal claimed the title for ‘the largest fireworks display in the world’ in 2006, and has yet to be challenged. Return flights from London to Madeira in June 2013 start from £230 on momondo.co.uk
The Vine - Funchal Bay
360 sky lounge at the Vino Hotel could be reputed to be the best place to view the season of fireworks in Madeira. Situated on Funchal bay, the roof-top bar setting is cool and sophisticated. And if you’re really feeling the party mood, you can take a dip in the infinity edge swimming pool, or submerge yourself in bubbles in the 20m jacuzzi.
Macy’s New York show, 4 July 2013
Each year, to celebrate US independence, millions of people gather near the Hudson River, to view the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks show, in New York City. In recent years, the illuminating spectacle has been launched from six barges along the river, with over 40,000 shells - exploding over a thousand feet into the air, above peering crowds. Flights from London to NYC in July 2013 start from £383 on momondo.co.uk
The Standard High Line - Meatpacking district
Not only is this hotel situated one most urban-cool spots of New York, its roof top bar has the most daring views of the Hudson River. Serving spunky cocktails in a private members only environment after 10pm, this is one of the most exclusive places to enjoy July 4 celebrations.
Redentore at Venice, 15th July 2013
The city of Venice is traditionally famous on an international level for its carnival over mardi gras. But one event that is predominately enjoyed by Venetians and Italians is the party of Redentore. Dating back to 1577, It was first held to celebrate the city’s deliverance from a terrible plague, and the construction of one of Andrea Palladio’s many famous creations, the “Redentore” (Redeemer) Church, which was commissioned for the same reason. Every year on the third Saturday of July, thousands of people congregate around St. Marks basin on boats to celebrate with music, food and drink, while watching the firework display that begins at 11.30pm and lasts until well past midnight. Return flights from London to Venice in July 2013 start from £62 on momondo.co.uk
Palazzina Grassi - Grand Canal
Palazzina Grassi is a spectacular renovation of a 16th century building overlooking the Canal Grande in Venice. Designed by Philippe Starck and Turinese businessman Emanuele Garosci, its aura perfectly blends tradition and modernity to the purest sense.
Situated close by to the party action on the canals of the Venice, the best advice would be to let the hotel organise a boat so that you can join in and and enjoy the festive spirit with rest of Venice.