As the world says goodbye to 2015, millions of dollars worth of fireworks will be lightening up the sky around the world. Here’s a look at what’s in store for some of the world’s most famous firework displays as we usher in 2016.
Sydney is known for putting on an impressive show with fireworks above the iconic opera house and the Harbour Bridge. This year over $5 million have been spent on the 12-minute display. It kicks off at midnight local time ( 8 a.m. EST Thursday). An earlier show at 9 p.m. local time (5 a.m. EST ) for the kids who might not make it to midnight will pay tribute to the Royal Botanic Garden and the Taronga Zoo. A live stream of the show is available here.
The world’s highest fireworks will be set off in Dubai from the Burj Khalifa structure. This year’s display will take place in eight acts and is meant to showcase a “futuristic vision” of the United Arab Emirates. The display is expected to last for 20 minutes and will also include LED lights and lasers. The Burj Khalifa fireworks display can be live streamed online here.
In the city of sin, fireworks displays will be set off from casinos as spectators pack the Las Vegas strip to view the show known as “America’s Party.” The display is scheduled to last for approximately eight minutes with 80,000 pyrotechnics fired and music to go along. Over 300,000 people are expected to watch the display that will go off from seven rooftops.
Over two million people are expected this year on Rio de Janeiro’s famous Copacabana beach to watch the impressive fireworks display. The display takes its cue from the upcoming summer 2016 Olympics that will be held in Brazil as well as the hundred-year anniversary of samba music and dance. Fireworks will be set off from eleven barges as people celebrate and leave offerings in the sea for a lucky year ahead.