Malta, an island located in the Mediterranean Sea, is a state in the European Union.
Why does this matter and what does it have to do with fireworks, you ask?
Malta is a rich culture that thrives on festivals, feasts and celebrations. What goes better with a celebration than fireworks?? Not only do fireworks just happen to be a great addition to liveliness of this island, but they play an important role in the history. The making and use of pyrotechnics in Malta dates back to the Middle Ages. They have been celebrating special events such, as the election of a new Pope or the birth of a prince with fireworks display for centuries. This weekend marks the 10th Anniversary of Malta joining the European Union, which of course they will be celebrating in conjunction with the 13th annual edition of the Malta International Fireworks Festival.
The Malta International Fireworks Festival starts today and features firework displays from local and international competitors. The displays are beautifully choreographed along the Grand Harbour. It will end with Grand Finale displays on April 30th. Check out these sites for more information about this spectacular festival.
We hope everyone ended 2013 and started 2014 with a bang this year!! Did you know that before New York City started the famous ball drop, they celebrated NYE with fireworks? In 1904, New York City had Times Square’s very first NYE celebration and fireworks were the main event.
Although China celebrates the New Year depending on the lunar calendar, fireworks have always been a key part to their celebration. For Chinese, the fireworks are more than just loud sounds and bright lights; traditionally, they believe that fireworks scare off evil spirits and bad luck. What could be a better way to ring in the New Year?!
One of our largest fireworks shows this year was held in the great City of Chicago at Navy Pier. Visitors bared the cold to watch a spectacular 15 min pyromusical event at midnight; including music from Pitbull, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Phil Phillips, Imagine Dragons, and One Direction. The show was shot off a barge in Lake Michigan and consisted of effects ranging from low level comets and mines to large caliber aerial shells. It was truly spectacular.
Just in case you missed it, we have put together a 3 minute compilation of a few of the show highlights. Check out this video, Navy Pier NYE 2014, along with many others right here on our Vimeo page!!!