The world’s best hotels for 2019 New Year’s Eve fireworks
Fireworks are a class of low explosive pyrotechnic devices used for aesthetic and entertainment purposes. The most common use of a firework is as part of a fireworks display (also called a fireworks show or pyrotechnics), a display of the effects produced by firework devices. Fireworks competitions are also regularly held at a number of places.
Fireworks take many forms to produce the four primary effects: noise, light, smoke, and floating materials (confetti for example). They may be designed to burn with colored flames and sparks including red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and silver. Displays are common throughout the world and are the focal point of many cultural and religious celebrations.
In the Gregorian calendar, New Year’s Eve (also known as Old Year’s Day or Saint Sylvester’s Day in many countries), the last day of the year, is on 31 December which is the seventh day of Christmastide. In many countries, New Year’s Eve is celebrated at evening social gatherings, where many people dance, eat, drink alcoholic beverages, and watch or light fireworks to mark the new year. Some Christians attend a watchnight service. The celebrations generally go on past midnight into New Year’s Day, 1 January.
The Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian
One of the premier locations in Edinburgh, The Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian looks out over Edinburgh castle where the New Year’s celebrations take place. It’s a modern take on a grand hotel.
InterContinental Sydney, Australia
If the harbour was much closer you’d have to put on a rubber ring. Just two minutes from Circular Quay and overlooking Port Jackson, the hotel’s location is unrivalled for New Year’s festivities. The vibe is a modern, efficient hotel with a smattering of heritage charm.
Refinery Hotel, New York
The Refinery Hotel is centrally located near Grand Central Station, Times Square, and the Empire State Building. The Refinery Rooftop (recently recognised by USA Today readers as the best rooftop bar in the United States) plays host to DJs and beautiful people, with both indoor and outdoor space, a fireplace, and great views of the city making it the ideal New Year’s Eve hangout.
Despite being slightly outside the canal belt, Volkshotel, with its rooftop bar-restaurant and terrace that offers panoramic views over Amsterdam, is a fun location to spend New Year. Bedrooms on the northern and western part of the upper floors will also offer good views. Not only that, but the restaurant also doubles as a club on occasion.
InterContinental in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
With the ceaseless marine activity of the South China Sea just beyond the windows, the InterContinental in Tsim Sha Tsui offers panoramic views of Victoria Harbour. The windows in the lobby are three storeys high offering a fantastic viewing platform or watch in style from the outdoor infinity pool.
XV Beacon, Boston
Located in central Boston, a short distance from the fireworks at Boston Harbour, the XV Beacon hotel has the luxury of a spacious roof terrace making it a perfect place to welcome in the New Year. The 1903 building still has the original Beaux Arts exterior, from colourful mosaics to elaborate cornices.
Belmond Copacabana Palace, Rio
Rio’s most famous hotel boasts spectacular ocean views and with its fantastic location on Copacabana beach it’s at the heart of the celebration. Party on the beach or watch the incredible display from the safety of the hotel.
Mondrian South Beach, Miami
In a unique location overlooking Biscayne Bay on the west side of South Beach, the Sunset Lounge at the Mondrian South Beach is an ideal drinking hole for New Year’s Eve. The indoor/outdoor lounge is comprised of the lobby bar & lounge and a coveted poolside area with private cabanas.
The Eaton Chelsea, Toronto
With Toronto’s New Year’s Eve celebrations kicking off at Nathan Phillips Square, Deck 27 at The Eaton Chelsea hotel just half a mile away is perfectly located for getting involved. It’s Canada’s largest hotel and has a modern and practical vibe.
Park Hyatt Tokyo, Japan
Simply one of the best hotels in Tokyo, the Park Hyatt is a five-star legend and the 52nd-floor New York Grill and Bar is perhaps one of the city’s most atmospheric spots for a skyscraper dinner or cocktail. With spectacular views over Tokyo, especially at night-time, the New York Bar is one of the best spots to watch the fireworks taking place over Tokyo Bay.
Marriott County Hall, London
You literally can’t find a hotel closer to the London Eye than the Marriott County Hall. Sitting on the south bank of the Thames next to Westminster Bridge the London fireworks will be taking place right outside your window.
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Fireworks were originally invented in China. Cultural events and festivities such as the Chinese New Year and the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival were and still are times when fireworks are guaranteed sights. China is the largest manufacturer and exporter of fireworks in the world.
First, fireworks cannot be sold or handled in public by anyone under the age of 18. Furthermore, the fireworks on sale fall under three separate categories with their own specific rules. These are:
– Category 1 fireworks are indoor fireworks that can be used in restricted areas.
– Category 2 fireworks require an 8-metre viewing distance.
– Category 3 fireworks require a 25-metre viewing distance.