Thursday, December 31, 2020

New Year's Eve fireworks are on in some places, but they'll look a lot different this year

New Year's Eve celebrations around the world will look very different this year as cities take precautions against the spread of Covid-19. 

The best view of most major cities is going to be from your couch. Most of the large traditional displays of fireworks and celebrations globally have been canceled and replaced with smaller televised or streamed events. 
Here are the places still holding events and where to watch the downscaled favorites.


London's iconic fireworks show over the River Thames is canceled this year, and much of England is now under tough stay-at-home restrictions. But there will be a special broadcast on the BBC for people to enjoy while they're inside.

New York 

A countdown clock is seen behind the 2020 New Year's Eve numerals on December 21, 2020 in New York.
Yes, the ball will be dropping in Times Square and there will be some celebration, but the events are closed to the public. The show is going on for the annual national broadcasts on several stations, so even though no one is waiting for hours in the freezing cold, you can still see the events unfold as we count down to midnight.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

New Year's fireworks celebrations are seen above the Dubai skyline with the Burj Al Arab (R) and Burj Khalifa (L), the world's tallest building, on December 31, 2019.
Everything is a go in Dubai to ring in the new year. There are at least 11 places to watch the sky light up on December 31, and everyone who comes from out of town to view them must be Covid-19-negative.

Rio de Janeiro 

Rio has canceled fireworks displays and is restricting access to its beaches -- including the party hot spot of Copacabana -- in order to avoid crowds. Instead, there will be an online broadcast of celebrations.
New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over Sydney's Harbour Bridge and Opera House during the fireworks show on January 1, 2020.
Sydney is forgoing its traditional public showstopping New Year's Eve events for smaller celebrations that will be publicly broadcast. Instead of a huge fireworks show, there will be a smaller display over the Sydney Harbour Bridge at midnight.

Edinburgh, Scotland 

Fireworks are launched from Edinburgh Castle at midnight during the 2020 Hogmanay New Year celebrations.
Scotland's famous New Year's Eve celebrationwill not be taking place in person this year, but it will be happening online. Edinburgh's Hogmanay will include "Doctor Who" actor David Tennant; the Scots Makar, or national poet, Jackie Kay; Celtic fusion band Niteworks; and Scottish actors Lorne MacFadyen and Siobhan Redmond. The event is free to everyone worldwide.

Las Vegas 

Fireworks illuminate the skyline over the Las Vegas Strip during an eight-minute pyrotechnics show put on by Fireworks by Grucci titled "America's Party 2020."
The big fireworks in the City of Lights is off this year, but New Year's celebrations at Fremont Street and the Plaza Hotel are still a go. The hotel still plans to set off fireworks at midnight, and of course so do the locals. Even without the main display, if you are visiting the city or live there, the sky should be bright somewhere nearby.
    There will be no public events held for those celebrating the new year in Paris, but there will be a livestreamed concert in Notre Dame Cathedral by composer and performer Jean-Michel Jarre for everyone to watch.

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