July 4, 2022

5 must-see New Year’s Firework displays

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From eating 12 grapes and picking the right underwear color to chasing firework shows, New Year’s Eve is filled with a variety of family traditions passed down from generation to generation. This year take advantage of new beginnings to take your family traditions to the next level by exploring new destinations and enjoying a firework spectacle that you and your family will never forget.

Countless cities put on a show this time of year, but Alamo Rent A Car has chosen five destinations that have a well-deserved reputation for traditionally hosting memorable firework extravaganzas for the holidays.

1.    New York City, New York

The “Big Apple” is one of the destinations in the world most associated with New Year’s Eve with more than one million people descending upon Time Square.  But New York City offers much more than its iconic ball drop and countdown. The state also hosts some of the most impressive firework displays with two of the most popular fireworks displays lighting up the skies over Central Park and New York Harbor.

For those looking for a less crowded celebration, Brooklyn is the best option with the Grand Army Plaza offering live music and hot cocoa before the midnight show, part of countless free entertainment options available near the city that never sleeps.

2.    Las Vegas, Nevada

Sin City represents another perfect stage to receive a new year, surrounded by some of the most outstanding buildings in all North America. The city known for satisfying the entertainment needs of even the most discerning traveler is recognized for hosting some of the most spectacular fireworks shows, and this New Year’s Eve is no exception.

The iconic avenue known as the Strip normally receives around 300,000 revelers, who visit Las Vegas from around the globe with the goal of witnessing an unforgettable midnight pyrotechnics display that is carefully choreographed jointly by the city’s iconic world-class casinos.

3.    New Orleans, Louisiana

The “Big Easy” is known around the world for its round-the-clock nightlife and vibrant live music scene, so it comes as no surprise that New Orleans has secured a spot as one of the top New Year’s Eve destinations in United States. Restaurants get a little cozier, indoor music venues get a little bit livelier, and if you come at the right time, you may catch some Carnival celebrations.

This year’s fireworks hunters should head to Jackson Square to enjoy New Orleans’ famous music scene and take part of the biggest party in the city where the city’s iconic fleur-de-lis is dropped down from a 25-foot pole at midnight, and a dazzling midnight fireworks show takes over the sky.

4.    Orlando, Florida

Whether you are spending New Year’s Eve with your family, best friends, or significant other, Orlando has something for everyone. From themed parks to shopping malls and fireworks shows, this experience helps welcome the new year with nothing but pure joy.

To catch some of the most impressive firework displays in the country, visit the popular theme parks of Disney World, with each boasting their own schedule of events. The best way to travel from park to park is by renting a car withAlamo Rent A Car.

5.    San Francisco, California

Typically, a wonderland of fog, the city skies transform into an acrobatic display of fireworks during the holidays. San Francisco’s New Year’s Eve fireworks usually launch from barges located 1,000 feet out in the bay, south of the Ferry Building near Pier 14. The show is synced to music, played out through speakers that are set up along the promenade stretching from Pier 24. If you would like to enjoy the whole experience, the best viewing spot would be south of the Ferry Building along the Embarcadero between Mission and Folsom Street.

You can also watch the fireworks from other spots such as the western side of Treasure Island. Driving there is the most convenient option!

No matter what your plans are, fireworks are always a must during New Year’s celebrations. They light up your upcoming year and set a bright kick start for an amazing 2020!

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