(Relaxnews) - New Year's tradition sees incredible fireworks displays taking place all around the world. And the transition from 2013 to 2014 will be no exception. Here's our selection of five fireworks shows that promise to be spectacular, original must-sees.
After a blockbuster year for the city, which recently won hosting duties for the 2020 Universal Exposition, the emirate wants to end 2013 on a high note. The organizers of the city's fireworks show on December 31-January 1 hope to make it the biggest fireworks display in the world and receive recognition from the Guinness Book of World Records. Famous sites like the Palm Jumeirah, The World's manmade islands and the Burj Al Arab, Madinat Jumeirah and Jumeirah Beach hotels will be lit up. Over 200 pyrotechnicians will oversee 450,000 fireworks set off.
Hong Kong plans to go all out with its fireworks show this year. The traditional display on Victoria Harbour will light up the city's sky, choreographed across six musical themes. The first fireworks will be launched at midnight in Tsim Sha Tsui, in Kowloon, then the show crosses the harbor for its finale above the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center, in the Wan Chai district.
The Catalan city will put on a truly unique spectacle to mark the arrival of 2014. Put together by the Fura dels Baus company, the show will mix fireworks, water choreography and music by the famous Magic Fountain of Montjuic. At the core of the show will be El Ser del Milenio, an iron giant measuring 15 meters tall, who symbolizes the spirit of Barcelona.
This year's European capital of culture, the southern French city will close 2013 with the final chapter of a light and sound spectacle created by Groupe F that has been performed throughout the year. A mix of fireworks, light and water choreography, music and storytelling, the spectacle has been seen in various towns in the region and will come to a dramatic conclusion at the Old Port of Marseille, starting at 7 PM.
A million people are awaited at Times Square to celebrate the arrival of the new year. The climax of the USA's must-see event is the famous "Ball Drop" which counts down to midnight as the crowd's excitement builds. To best see the fireworks, a good spot is the Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn or a location in Manhattan.
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Alberta Legislature, Edmonton, Alberta
If you find yourself in Edmonton on July the 1st, the Alberta Legislature offers both visitors and locals a great display of the <a href="http://www.edmonton.ca/attractions_recreation/festivals_events/celebrate-canada-day-in-edmonton.aspx" target="_blank">Canada Day Fireworks Finale</a>. The show starts at 11 p.m. and is only accessible by those on foot. Watch some of last year's festivities <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cl3L2mmnRFg" target="_blank">here</a>
Coal Harbour, Vancouver, British Columbia
Those who find themselves on the West Coast will want to check out <a href="http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2013/06/canada-day-fireworks-vancouver-2013/" target="_blank">Canada Day Burrard Inlet Fireworks show</a>. The 30-minute show kicks off at 10:30 p.m. and can be seen in one of six places on the Coal Harbour in downtown Vancouver. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/biga888/" target="_blank">BigA888</a>
Diefenbaker Park, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Named after Canada's 13th Prime Minister, this park is a popular site for fireworks gazing, thanks to it's flat, open fields. This year's show will<a href="http://www.c95.com/events" target="_blank"> kick off at 10:40 p.m</a>. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10154402@N03/" target="_blank">Bruce Guenter</a>
Canada's Wonderland, Vaughn, Ontario
With <a href="https://www.canadaswonderland.com/things-to-do/live-entertainment" target="_blank">4000 explosions and a custom fireworks exclusive to the theme park</a>, thrill-seekers and patriots alike will be sure to find something to enjoy this Canada Day. The show is slated for 10: 00 p.m., weather permitting. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ontdesign/" target="_blank">Oleg Tovologuine</a> LINK: https://www.canadaswonderland.com/things-to-do/live-entertainment
Saint John, New Brunswick
Head down to the Boardwalk Stage if you're in Saint John for some funky fireworks. Seriously, there's <a href="http://www.sjcanadaday.ca/july-1st-events.html" target="_blank">a funk cover-band scheduled to perform before the 9:45 p.m. display</a>. Also, the fireworks will go rain or shine, so dress appropriately. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/blapp/" target="_blank">bill lapp</a>
Westside Stanley Park Seawall, Vancouver, British Columbia
Also part of the <a href="http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2013/06/canada-day-fireworks-vancouver-2013/" target="_blank">Canada Day Burrard Inlet Fireworks show,</a> this location gives viewers in West Vancouver a prime spot to watch the fireworks go off. Can't make it to either locations? No worries as the show will also be broadcasted on television. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/slaunay/" target="_blank">Sébastien Launay</a>
Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario
It just wouldn't be Canada Day without a trip to the nation's capital. This year's festivities on Parliament Hill feature a 10 p.m. show of <a href="http://www.canadascapital.gc.ca/celebrate/canada-day/fireworks" target="_blank">fireworks, artillery shells and special effects</a>. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/xiaozhuli/" target="_blank">Zhu</a>
The Forks, Winnipeg, Manitoba
While the fireworks can be seen all around Winnipeg's premier meeting space, there's also a special tour that lets those in the park to see the fireworks from the Red and Assiniboine Rivers. Tours depart around 10:30 p.m. and<a href="http://www.theforks.com/events/calendar-of-events/date:2013-07#event_1681_20130701" target="_blank"> the fireworks kick off at 11 p.m.</a>, weather permitting. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ajbatac/" target="_blank">AJ Batac </a> http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2012/07/01/mb-canada-day-winnipeg-photos.html
Victoria Park, Edmonton, Alberta
Those nearby Victoria Park <a href="http://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/news/2013/celebrate-canada-day-2013-in-edmonton.aspx?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CityOfEdmontonNews+(City+of+Edmonton+%3A%3A+News)" target="_blank">can also get an excellent view of the river valley firework spectacle</a> if the Alberta Legislature isn't in the cards. Be sure to get their before the 11 p.m. start time to grab a good spot. To see a preview of last year's show, click <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=D92TCvi5754" target="_blank">here</a>
Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Travellers and locals alike in Winnipeg will also want to check out the fireworks show in Assiniboine Park if the Forks isn't their thing. The show kicks off around 10:40 p.m. and if you've got a radio near by, you can tune into a location station for "<a href="http://www.assiniboinepark.ca/news-events/canad-day.php" target="_blank">an enhanced fireworks experiment</a>." To watch a sample of last year's show, click <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbATSsGKVQY" target="_blank">here</a>.
Niagara Falls, Ontario
If you're looking for something unique this Canada Day, try Niagara Falls. The falls is pretty much the only location where fireworks are set <a href="http://www.niagarafallstourism.com/plan/fireworks/" target="_blank">against an illuminated curtain of water of regularly rotating colours</a>. The illumination starts at 9 p.m. and the fireworks an hour later. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/51770069@N06/" target="_blank">Jeffrey Zhong</a>
Officer Square And Barracks Stage, Fredericton, New Brunswick
At the Officer Square And Barracks Stage in Fredericton, you can have your cake and eat it too. The tradition of free cake continues this year as visitors can have some free cake while they watch the 20-minute fireworks display. Show <a href="http://www.tourismfredericton.ca/en/tourism/resources/2013CanadaDaySchedule.pdf" target="_blank">starts at 10:40 p.m.</a> and viewers are encouraged to come out early. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeanninestamand/" target="_blank">Jeannine St. Amand</a> Fredericton (Officer Square/ Barracks Stage) -- http://www.tourismfredericton.ca/en/tourism/resources/2013CanadaDaySchedule.pdf
Selkirk Waterfront, Selkirk, Manitoba
Travellers in Manitoba for Canada Day will want to head to Selkirk to take in one of the province's most anticipated fireworks displays. The free show is scheduled for 10:45 p.m. and last year, drew a crowd of 10,000 by the city's waterfront, located by the Red River.
Victoria Park, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Canada's tiny island province is big on fireworks. This year's Summerfest, hosted in Charlottetown's Victoria Park <a href="http://www.discovercharlottetown.com/canadadaycelebrations/" target="_blank">kicks off at 10 p.m.</a> and caps off nearly 10 hours of Canada Day celebrations. To watch a snippet of last year's show, click <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyfcfiLi4WM" target="_blank">here</a>
Confederation Hill, Signal Hill and Quidi Vidi Lake, St. John's, Newfoundland
Not sure where to go this year to watch fireworks in St. John's? Well, you've got three solid options: Confederation Hill, Signal Hill and Quidi Vidi Lake. This year's show is expected to start at <a href="http://www.stjohns.ca/sites/default/files/files/publication/Canada%20Day%20Brochure2013.pdf" target="_blank">10 p.m. </a> Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/st3wy/" target="_blank">John Whittle</a>
Ashbridges Bay, Toronto, Ontario
It's one of Toronto's<a href="http://www.torontoharbour.com/canada-day-fireworks-ashbridges-bay.php" target="_blank"> most beloved spots to watch fireworks</a> and for good reason. Few places in he city combine sky, sand and water to make for such a picturesque spot for fireworks. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/wvs/" target="_blank">Sam Javanrouh</a>
Dartmouth Crossing, Halifax, Nova Scotia
There's not just one, but two fireworks shows in the city of Halifax for Canada Day, though only one actually falls on July 1. If you missed the June 29 kick off show, <a href="http://hrmcanadaday.ca/events.php" target="_blank">then head to Dartmouth Crossing around 10 p.m.</a> for one last look. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicolebratt/" target="_blank">Nicole Bratt </a> http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/112783-canada-day-celebrations-across-nova-scotia http://hrmcanadaday.ca/events.php
Old Port, Montreal, Quebec
Watch as the sky and water of Montreal's Old Port light up in an intense 8-minute fireworks show. This year's show is scheduled for 10:15 p.m. and will go regardless of the weather. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/gatineaujoe/" target="_blank">Joe</a>
Riverfront Park, Moncton, New Brunswick
Those in the city of Moncton can grab a prime spot for fireworks at the Riverfront Park for the city's Whoa Canada! Celebrations. Show starts at 10 p.m. and is free for all. Photo Credit:<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/robdurdle/" target="_blank"> Rob Durdle</a>
Victoria Inner Harbour, Victoria, British Columbia
This year's fireworks display at Victoria's Inner Harbour will cap off a two-day festival. Viewers will want to<a href="http://victoriacanadaday.ca/event-schedule/" target="_blank"> head to the main stage by 10:20 p.m.</a>to catch a glimpse of the explosions. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/sprackett/3681229641/" target="_blank">Tony Sprackett</a>