The Top 10 Most Expensive Fireworks Shows in the World
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We are still riding that new year high.
So let’s talk about one of the things
that really makes that new year kick off with a bang:
Fireworks originated in China
and were first used around 2,000 years ago.
Legend says that they were discovered or invented
在战地厨房工作时偶然间将木炭 硫磺和硝石 进行混合
when a Chinese cook happened to mix charcoal, sulfur and saltpeter
when working in a field kitchen.
The mixture burned and exploded
when compressed in a bamboo tube.
Other sources say that fireworks originated in India.
而在2003年 一家名为“The Hindu”的印度国家报
But back in 2003, a national Indian newspaper called “The Hindu”,
in fact, credited the Chinese with the discovery.
One reason fireworks gained so much popularity is
because they are thought to fend off evil spirits and ghosts
that are frightened by loud bangs.
In China and eastern parts of the world,
firecrackers are used at most events,
such as births, deaths and birthdays.
And Chinese New Year is a particularly popular event
that is celebrated with firecrackers
to usher in the new year free of evil spirits.
Overtime firework shows gained popularity all over the globe,
and people are always amazed by them.
But let’s just get the show on the road, shall we?
Here are the 10 most expensive firework shows in the world.
10. Addison, Texas, USA.
The cheapest most expensive show on our list is Kaboom Town.
This happens every year, and it’s nationally recognized as
being one of the most spectacular fireworks shows in Addison, Texas.
On the 4th of July, in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex in Addison Circle Park,
400,000 visitors gathered to celebrate the Independence of the United States.
The spectacle includes an aerial show with historic warplanes,
and it is so spectacular that
the American Pyrotechnics Association acknowledges it
as one of “The Top 10 Must-See Fourth of July Events in the Nation”.
Just a little bit over the Kaboom Town Show,
the fourth of July show in Seattle is one you most probably won’t forget.
With more than 10,000 individual effects,
the show happens every year and lasts for 21 minutes.
It takes place over Lake Union,
and is choreographed to the Seafarer Summer Fourth Musical Choir.
Western Display Fireworks, the pyrotechnic company
has an experience of over 60 years
being the oldest and largest aerial display company in the northwest.
yet utilizing cutting-edge technology
and meeting the audience’s expectations,
embracing in crowd favorites like the weeping willow fireworks.
With an estimated value of half a million dollars,
the Nashville’s Independence Day celebration in 2015,
happening on the 4th of July under the name of “Let Freedom Sing”,
included a rather impressive amount of fireworks:
The show lasted for 23 minutes and had over 280,000 watchers.
Being a record-setting show in the southeast side of the USA,
it beat records for the size and number of fireworks,
and not only could the audience enjoy the visual show,
but they could also listen to the pop singer Mikky Ekko,
and four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Martina McBride.
Not bad, Nashville. Not bad!
7. Beijing, China.
1.3 million dollars.
The Olympics are known for having spectacular openings.
But did you see the one in 2008?
It definitely wowed the world with a cost of around 1.3 million dollars.
In a country that is the spiritual home of the firework,
the opening ceremony of these Olympic Games was
one of the best in the history of the games.
However, there is a little secret to it,
what was seen on TV were actually computer graphics.
Since the entire 29 foot-print extravaganza would
have been impossible to capture on air,
the fireworks were there for real, outside the stadium,
but due to the difficulty of placing the television helicopter at the right angle,
the visual effects team worked an entire year
on the 55 second sequence that matched the real deal.
Speaking of China, did you see our video?
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“15 Things You Didn’t Know About This Country”.
2.1 million dollars.
What could have been a 3 million dollar firework show
became a 2.1 million dollar one,
but that didn’t hold its greatness back.
The second from the trilogy organized to
celebrate the Independence Day in 2013,
the show took place over the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the 4th of July.
At the concert celebration,
artists like the Roots, Demi Lovato, Neo and more performed.
There were some great places where you could see the show too,
such as Panes Park, Lemon Hill in Fairmont Park,
Bistro San Tropez and the Loews Hotel.
2.5 million dollars.
The Boston fireworks display is known for
being one of the most expensive in the USA.
The fourth of July extravaganza in 2013,
cost a whopping 2.5 million dollars to produce.
Can you imagine 2.5 million dollars for 20 minutes?
That’s quite something, but totally worth it.
The show was televised
and accompanied by music of the famed Boston Pumps.
The single downside, for the first time in more than 20 years,
the show wasn’t televised nationally
after a CBS television network declined to
renew a contract with the show’s producers.
Instead, unfortunately the performance only appeared locally on WBZ TV.
Such a bummer!
6 million dollars.
In 2014, a new Guinness Book World Record
for the world’s biggest pyrotechnics display was set.
The holder of the title, Dubai,
spending the mere price of six million dollars
on a single fireworks show.
A bargain, right? Yeah.
The New Year’s Eve show broke
who waits 2012 record by 400,000 fireworks.
I mean these guys are pretty serious.
The six-minute show included 500,000 fireworks,
and broke the record after the first 60 seconds.
The fireworks were launched from over 400 locations around Dubai.
And the show ended with an artificial sunrise along the seafront,
symbolizing a new dawn for the city.
6.3 million dollars.
Only a bit over Dubai,
Sydney spends around 6.3 million dollars every year
to put an amazing fireworks show on New Year’s Eve.
Australians are some of the first to celebrate the new year
because of their proximity to the International Date Line.
The Sydney celebration happens over the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
The main attractions of the show are two pyrotechnic displays,
from 9:00 p.m. family fireworks and the midnight fireworks,
both of which are televised nationally.
The latter is further televised around the world.
The show entirely synchronized to a different soundtrack each year
ends in an all-white finale.
2. Kuwait City.
15 million dollars.
Dubai may have stolen Kuwait slight in terms of size,
but the priciest second firework show on our list is
the one and only: Kuwait.
The city celebration of the Golden Jubilee anniversary
of its country’s constitution in 2012 makes NO. 2 on our list.
Its massive show included 77,282 fireworks,
took place on November 10th along the shoreline of Kuwait City,
and was watched by tens of thousands of people.
自已故Emir Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salam Al Sabah
The visual presentation marked 50 years to the day,
since the late Emir Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salam Al Sabah announced that
Kuwait had become the first Arab state in the Gulf to issue a constitution,
and have a parliament.
1. Abu Dhabi.
The top of our list is Abu Dhabi,
with an impressive twenty-million-dollar fireworks show.
The one who once held the world record for size is
clearly the first in terms of price.
The December 2nd 2009 show was held with
the occasion of the 37th National Day of UAE,
and it lasted for 55 minutes.
It was also a part of a 12-day celebration, with a total of 46 events.
The 17,000 shots were meant to
be shown by authorities as a new world record,
setting the most expensive fireworks in the world.
These guys really know how to party, we must say.
If you want to find out some more stuff about Abu Dhabi,
we invite you to watch our video by clicking in the top right corner.
And with that we’ve reached the end of our list.
Thanks for sticking with us.
Now tell us, Aluxers.
What’s the most expensive festive celebration in your country?
音乐会 烟火表演 或是体育赛事？
Be it a concert, fireworks show or a sports event?
We’ll be right there in the comment section with you.
哦 还在这儿 是吧？
Oh, you’re still around, are you?
Well, let us tell you another sparkly fact.
In the city of San Diego,
the shortest fireworks show in the world took place in 2012.
It lasted for only 15 seconds.
是的 你没听错 就是15秒
Yes, you heard that right, 15 seconds.
The Garden State fireworks team that was in charge of
the big Bay boom fireworks show,
said that due to a miss handling of the pyro,
it suffered premature ignition,
and all the fireworks exploded at once.
I bet that was one hell of a surprise.
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