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10 New Year's Eve fireworks that will blow your mind

New Year's Eve is fast approaching and you still don't know where to celebrate it? And then, who said this party was over? Certainly not Little Smartass who, with strong advice and good plans, is campaigning for your New Year's Eve to be beautiful: pack your bags and fly abroad! Some cities offer a spectacular sound and light show every year. Just enough time to fall back into childhood, that you already hear yourself say.... Oh! The beautiful blue one!

N° 10 - Superstitious Madrid

In the Spanish capital, the party goes on until the early hours of the morning, and it's at the Puerta del Sol that everything happens! Here, families and friends gather to wait for the countdown and the fireworks. At each stroke of midnight, tradition dictates that a grape is eaten to ensure prosperity for the next twelve months. Beware of choking! Another tradition: the Spaniards wear, by superstition, red underwear on New Year's Eve to ensure the good progress of the year to come. And you, do you believe it?

N° 9 - London, the glittering

In London, on New Year's Eve, the king is Mr Ben, Big Ben! When the twelve strokes of midnight ring out, a whole crowd of people from all over the world look up at the clock. Then follows a magical fireworks display lasting 8 minutes... For the smart ones, there is no need to crowd in front of the London Eye, the fireworks are so impressive that you can see them from all over the city. So choose a more secluded spot like Westminster to enjoy the show. Happy New Year!

No. 8 - Dubai, the glittering city

In Dubai, nothing is impossible! In 2014, the city offered the world's largest fireworks display, listed in the Guinness Book of Records. Directed by the American artist Phil Grucci, this pyrotechnic show required 10 months of preparation for an unforgettable 6-minute show... The rockets illuminated the 160 floors of the Khalifa Tower and 58 kilometers of seaside. So get ready to be amazed because this year again, Dubai promises to blow us away!

No. 7 - Moscow, the fairy tale

Moscow and its negative temperatures is the ideal place to spend New Year's Eve. When Red Square is covered with its winter coat, the whole city becomes magical. New Year's Eve is one of the most awaited moments of the year, especially for the many fireworks displays that accompany it. From 10pm, more than 20 places in the city offer pyrotechnic shows! But of course, it is the rockets of the twelve strokes of midnight that are the most beautiful, they mark the beginning of the evening for the Russians.

No. 6 - Hong Kong, the Illuminated

Hong Kong lives in sound and light all year round thanks to its show "La symphonie des Lumières" which illuminates the city daily. But on New Year's Eve, the performance is incredible! It was in China, in the 7th century, that fireworks were invented. It is therefore not surprising that we find the most beautiful in this country. In Hong Kong, the best view is from Square Wan Chai's Golden Bauhinia. But also take a walk on Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon: it is here that you will come into contact with Chinese culture, discovering Cantonese street operas in particular.

N° 5 - New York, the city that never sleeps

TheAmerican dream is still alive! For many of us, spending New Year's Eve in New York is a dream, especially for the famous Times Square Ball ceremony. Every year, this gigantic ball descends at midnight from the One Times Square Building, over a crowd of people ready to party until the morning. But to admire a splendid fireworks display, go to Central Park, you won't be disappointed!

No. 4 - Rome, the eternal

If you want to combine the pleasure of the eyes and the stomach, Rome is the perfect city for the New Year. In the picturesque Trastevere district you can enjoy a glass of prosecco and dance to the sound of street music that resonates everywhere. If you want to attend a real and great concert, you should go to the Circo Massimo. Every year, a national artist performs there and the atmosphere is festive! Finally, the Colosseum's fireworks display (especially since the circus, even more majestic, has undergone a major renovation this year) is probably one of the most beautiful in Europe for its magical setting.

No. 3 - Rio de Janeiro, the festive one

Every year more than 2 million people come to Copacabana Beach to celebrate New Year's Eve the Brazilian way! Here, the party is in full swing until the early hours of the morning. Brazilians choose their outfits carefully on New Year's Eve, each color has a meaning: white for peace, green for health or red for love! The fireworks on the beach are fantastic, and the tradition is that the first seven waves of the year bring good luck. You can then make a wish for each of them... and refresh yourself at the same time since the Brazilian weather is particularly mild at the end of December!

No. 2 - Sydney, the summer

Sydney is one of the first capitals in the world to celebrate the New Year (after Wellington, New Zealand), due to the time zone! For the occasion, the fireworks display organized by the city is sensational! Broadcast on television, it is seen by millions of people every year. The lights that illuminate the famous Sydney Opera House give it a completely different relief. This pyrotechnic show is only the beginning of the evening in the capital, which is in turmoil until the early morning. And don't forget, Australians, who have their heads in the southern hemisphere, celebrate New Year's Eve in the summer: swimsuits are yours!

No. 1 - Reykjavik, the original

Here, more than just a fireworks display, you can admire the northern lights in the sky.... To avoid disturbing this natural spectacle, the Icelanders of course do not fire any rockets. But what a beauty! For a warmer atmosphere, many bonfires are lit and despite the 20 hours of darkness every day, Reykjavik does not sleep on Christmas Eve! You can party in many bars and taste Brenninin, the national brandy.

Organizing a private fireworks display

If you want to organize your own fireworks for New Year's Eve, you should know that you will have to respect some rules. You can't just buy the equipment and shoot off your fireworks wherever you like. Here are the steps to follow:
1. You have to ask for the agreement of your town hall. You should also know that if you exceed 35 kg of active material, you will have to make a prior declaration, by filling in the Cerfa form n° 14098*01. You will also have to provide supporting documents.
2. Notify the emergency services and the gendarmerie of the date of your fireworks, so that they can intervene quickly if necessary. Also take the opportunity to warn your neighbours.
3. You must buy fireworks called entertainment fireworks, belonging to the category F2 or F3, and also having the CE marking. Please note that you will not find F3 fireworks in shops. You will have to get them from a professional. For storage until the big day, make sure the fireworks are stored in a non-flammable room and away from minors.
4. The fireworks must be fired at least 50 metres away from any dwelling, farm or service station.
5. Have third-party insurance that covers you in this situation.

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