Hello. Sign in to get personalised recommendations. New Customer? Start here.

4 Events Made a Little More Exciting with Fireworks

Invented in 7th Century China, fireworks have been around for a long time and are a key feature of many national festivities and international events. It’s hard to imagine certain events without fireworks – Guy Fawkes’ night on November 5, being the obvious one, but by no means the biggest or most widely celebrated.

Guy Fawkes night

We celebrate Guy Fawkes night, or bonfire night, to remember the foiling of a plot to blow up the House of Lords in 1605. The so-called ‘Gunpowder Plot’, as every schoolchild knows, was the plot by radicals – including Guy Fawkes – to bring about a Catholic rebellion in England. The plot failed and we’ve been marking the occasion ever since – with a bang! The burning of an effigy of Guy Fawkes is also traditional, although in recent years the historical significance has become less important than the burgers, bonfire and fireworks on the night!

New Year's Eve

New Year just wouldn’t be the same without fireworks and it seems that every year cities such as Sydney strive to put on the greatest show on earth, with spectacular displays over Sydney Harbour Bridge. New Year fireworks displays have become international, big-screen events that seem to get bigger, louder, longer and more innovative, every year, in cities such as Paris, Edinburgh, London, Berlin and San Francisco.

The Olympic Games

The curtain raiser to the Olympic Games, and other big sporting events around the world, such the football World Cup, are now accompanied by fantastic firework displays. The choreographed explosions and multi-coloured fountains of shapes and colours against the night sky are enjoyed by millions around the world. Firework displays are extremely popular in the US on the 4th of July - Independence Day - where they are followed by feasting.

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year – where it all started – is still an event of colour and sound with fireworks at the heart of the spectacle, which is celebrated between mid January and mid February, every year. It doesn’t matter how often we see a firework display, the noisy and colourful show in the night sky always seems to draw gasps of delight – and cheers!