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6 Amazing firework displays you can see outside of Bonfire Night

Written by: Russell Wallace | Travel Insurance Expert
Last updated: 26 October 2023 | Created: 23 October 2023

Last updated on October 26th, 2023 at 10:08 am

The November nights are drawing in, and soon, thanks to a failed plot, our dark skies will light up with bright, colourful fireworks. It’s a beautiful time of year to gather your loved ones and have a great time. But where can you go if you want to enjoy an impressive fireworks display before next November?

Malta International Fireworks – Malta – Late April


The tiny Mediterranean island of Malta punches above its weight when it comes to fireworks displays. In the latter part of each April, dozens of local Maltese fireworks companies, as a smattering of Italian ones, compete with each other to have the best display. The displays are often themed, and synchronised with music, to add an extra element of wonder.

Independence Day Fireworks – USA – 4th July


While you can enjoy fireworks anywhere in the USA on the 4th of July, the displays in Washington D.C. and New York City are especially renowned. The Washington D.C. display lasts 35 minutes and is set against the backdrop of the city’s historic monuments. New York City offers a show of over 65,000 fireworks, more than 2,000 a minute. Just try not to think that all of this is to celebrate independence from us.

Bastille Day – Paris, France – 14th July

Every year France celebrates the storming of the Bastille in 1789 with parades and parties all over the country. While there are fireworks displays to mark the occasion all over France, the one in Paris is particularly impressive. Over a million Parisians and visitors flock to the Champs de Mars gardens to watch a gigantic display over the iconic Eiffel Tower. Each year has a theme, ranging from peace to disco.

Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival – Japan – July

Japan has a long history of using fireworks, which they celebrate with the Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival, last Saturday in July. This particular festival dates back to 1732, where fireworks were used for mourning the dead. The display was also to celebrate the living and entertain the masses. The show attracts around a million people to Tokyo each year.

Celebration of Light – Vancouver, Canada – July

Vancouver, Canada, is our next destination. Running over three nights, the Celebration of Light is one of Vancouver’s major festivals. Teams from three countries vie to impress the crowds with huge, intricate displays over English Bay. There’s also a free music festival at the same time in the city, with bands getting the crowds warmed up for the fireworks displays.

Diwali – India – mid-October to mid-November

Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, is marked by fireworks all over the globe. To truly experience the festival, however, consider a trip to India. With just over 1 billion Hindus in India celebrating Diwali, it’s not surprising that the fireworks displays are gigantic. Diwali lasting a month means you’ll have plenty of opportunities to take in a show.

Hopefully, we’ve given you plenty of options for fireworks displays to enjoy next time you’re travelling.

Happy Bonfire Night.


‘Author notes

Written by Russell Wallace, Content Creator at AllClear
Edited by Letitia Smith, M.Sc. Content Manager at AllClear’

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