How to watch New Year’s Eve fireworks at home
At this point you all should know the drill: Please don’t go to New Year’s Eve parties. The pandemic is as bad as it’s ever been, and one drunken night with pals (or strangers) truly is not worth making this thing worse.
OK, now that we got that out of the way, just because you shouldn’t be out for New Year’s Eve doesn’t mean you can’t watch wonderful fireworks. In fact, you’ve got lots of options.
Lots of cities canceled their fireworks this year, but there remain a bunch of livestreams and other ways to take in show-stopping fireworks from the comfort (and relative safety) of your couch. Here are six of the best options from around the world, and, of course, it’s worth supporting your local show too if they’re livestreaming.
1. A replay from Sydney
In case you didn’t know, the good folks in Sydney, Australia are already in 2021. The city always has a wonderful fireworks display, and this year’s was no exception. You can watch a replay of their (downsized) show here. Just fire it up and enjoy.
2. A global livestream
If you want to catch bits of fireworks from all over, this livestream will continually display shows from across the globe.
EarthCam covers New Year’s every year. Most years, that means live cameras showing massive celebrations in Times Square and elsewhere. Of course things will be different this time around, but EarthCam will still have live feeds of the celebrations and fireworks in New York and elsewhere.
4. Revel in Rio
Rio de Janeiro’s New Year’s Eve celebrations are famously amazing. And, if you’re in the U.S., their fireworks are set to start at 10 p.m. ET, which means you’ll be able to get some fireworks in before 2021 actually hits. You can watch here.
5. Watch the Burj Khalifa display
The world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, has an annual fireworks display. The show this year is scheduled to go live around 2:30 p.m. ET. You can watch it here.
6. Enjoy beautiful New Zealand
If there is anywhere the entire world envies, it’s New Zealand. It’s hard to imagine a country doing a better job responding to the COVID pandemic. Because it all but eradicated the virus from its borders, they were able to have a relatively normal New Year’s celebration.
You can see the fireworks celebrations in Auckland, New Zealand here. Or you can watch below, just fast-forward to about 33:33.