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Biggest, Largest Fireworks Display > Annually > World: Tondabayashi-city, Osaka JAPAN "Perfect Liberty religious order Fireworks Arts" Claims: "120,000 fireworks! The most biggest scale display in the world."
Biggest, Largest Fireworks Display > Annually > USA: Both "Thunder Over Louisville" and "Detroit-Windsor International Freedom Festival" used to claim to be but now only "Thunder" does.
Biggest, Largest Fireworks Display > Ever: Grucci claims; "Statue of Liberty Centennial Fireworks, July 4th, 1986, New York City Harbor. The World's Largest Fireworks Program Ever Displayed!." I was there, it was big. Who am I to argue? W.
Biggest, Largest Fireworks > Shell: Has to be Nagaoka city JAPAN "Nagaoka Fireworks Display"; "Features 2 Sanjakudama(36inch shells) and 2 Nishakudama(24inch shells) per show per night!" That's big, The Boston Pops 4th of July tried to launch one 24"(I believe it was) shell once and it blew up on the barge right as it left the tube. I saw it, it was cool, W.
Best Fireworks Display > Annually: For me personally it's "Montreal CANADA International Fireworks Competition" "You haven't lived until you've been up over La Ronde Amusement Park on the Jacques-Cartier Highway Bridge they close to traffic so you can see, and feel, the awesome displays go off right in front of your face." One man's opinion, W.
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April 24, Sat. Meriden CT "26th Annual Daffodil Festival" Fireworks. Hubbard Park, 8:30p. ("600,001 daffodils can't be wrong! They create a sea of fragrant yellow blossoms throughout the1,800-acre Hubbard Park in Meriden, Connecticut, each year. You'll not only see an amazing 61 different varieties of daffodils, there will also be crafts, amusement rides, food, entertainment, and a fireworks display for you to enjoy!") 203-630-4259

April 29, Thu. Corpus Christi TX "Buccaneer Days Festival" Annual Fireworks. Corpus Cristi Bayfront, 9:15p. ("Pirate flags are flying, the ferris wheel is turning, bands are tuning up, athletes are warming up, and at night all eyes turn skyward as the fireworks begin to explode over the bay. For the past 65 years, every April, marauding pirates have sailed into Corpus Christi Bay, captured the mayor and proclaimed the city under a state of siege. Revelry is the order of the day as the mayor is forced to walk the plank while proclaiming the arrival of Buccaneer Days.") 361-882-3242

April 30, Fri. West Palm Beach FL "SunFest 2004" Fireworks. Flagler Drive. 9p. ("SunFest is Florida's largest music, art and waterfront festival. Held annually in West Palm Beach the first weekend of May, SunFest attracts more than 300,000 people over five days.") 800-SUNFEST/561-659-5980

May 1, Sat. Bonn GERMANY "Rhine in Flames - Nights of Bengal Fire" Fireworks. Rhine river - between Linz and Bonn, 9:40p. ("On one of the most beautiful current segments of the romantic Rhine river - between the "colorful town" Linz and the federal city Bonn - the Rhine river banks big illumination and firework displays "Rhine river in flames / Rhine river aflame at the seven mountains" takes place. For a festive season-opener the shore promenade and attractions of the on the Rhine river laid towns Linz, Erpel, Remagen, Unkel, Rheinbreitbach, Bad Honnef, Konigswinter and Bonn are lit in the red fluorescent glow of 2000 "Bengal Fire" lights. The red fluorescent Bengal Fire lights the way downstream for a fleet of more than 60 decorated and illuminated ships along a 26 km stretch - the longest stretch of any Rhine in Flames spectacle. Special highlights of this event will be the fireworks in Linz, Remagen, Bad Honnef, on the opposite of Konigswinter and the big finale of the firework in the Bonn Rhine river floodplain (former horticultural show terrain). Every town and village along the route celebrates the weekend with festivals and events. You're invited to join the music, dance, and Rhineland festivities.") 0179 250 6757(Inside Germany)/+49 179 250 6757(Outside Germany)

May 8, Sat. Providence RI "Waterfire" River Bonfires. Fire, not fireworks, 7:51p. ("WaterFire centers on a series of 100 bonfires that blaze just above the surface of the three rivers that pass through the middle of downtown Providence. The string of fires illuminates nearly two-thirds of a mile of urban public spaces and parks, and residents and visitors gather to stroll along the river while listening to a memorable and eclectic selection of classical and world music that serves as a melodic accompaniment to the normal sounds of urban life. The fires are tended from sunset to past midnight by black-clad performers in boats who pass quietly before the flames. There are no admission charges to WaterFire." Waterfire is well worth the trip and is an excellent example of what can be achieved when a community really supports the arts. W.) 401-273-9727

May 8, Sat. Lake Charles LA "Contraband Days" Fireworks. Lake Charles, 10p. ("Once a year during the first two weeks in May, the city of Lake Charles, Louisiana, returns to rollicking, swashbuckling days of the pirates and buccaneers who once sailed the area's lakes, rivers, and bayous. The celebration of this historic figure and his adventures has grown into a twelve-day extravaganza of unmatched festivity -- Contraband Days! Contraband Days was awarded 2004 FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR by the Louisiana Association of Fairs & Festivals!") 800-456-7952/318-436-5508

Fridays, May 21 - September 3. Niagara Falls ONTARIO "Weekly Summer" Fireworks. Illumination Stage, 10p. ("The Niagara Parks Commission sponsors numerous FREE band concerts, FREE Falls Fireworks throughout the summer and provides special festive lighting during the annual Winter Festival of Lights which takes place in late November to mid-January.") 877-642-7275

May 22, Sat. San Fransisco CA "KFOG's 11th Annual KaBOOM Festival" Fireworks. Piers 30 - 32. 9p. ("KFOG 104.5 San Francisco \ 97.7 San Jose presents the 11th Annual "KFOG KaBoom!", a favorite annual tradition in the Bay Area. This free event, featuring a live concert with KFOG World Class Rock artists is topped off with one of the best fireworks displays in the country. The gigantic fireworks show over the Bay will explode in harmony with a KFOG World Class Rock soundtrack broadcast on KFOG at 104.5FM and 97.7FM.") 800-300-KFOG(5364)

May 23, Sun. Thorold-South ONTARIO "An Evening in the Park - 2004" Fireworks. Basil Reid Park, 9:30p. ("This year we will be presenting another Thorold First. This year's show will be a pyro-musical performance. This means that the show will be designed and fired to music using the Pyro-Digital Computer Firing System. This system is the top firing system in the fireworks industry. Only a handful of companies own this amazing piece of machinery, which is regarded as the premiere firing system in the world. Do you have some ideas you'd like to see? Do you have a favourite shell that you would like to see? We are totally open to suggestions and comments. Please Contact Us with your ideas, questions, and/or comments. Be prepared to see a huge shell count and some beautiful shells and effects that we are very excited to showcase this year.") 905-227-1616

Sundays, May 23 - August 29. Niagara Falls ONTARIO "Weekly Summer" Fireworks. Illumination Stage, 10p. ("The Niagara Parks Commission sponsors numerous FREE band concerts, FREE Falls Fireworks throughout the summer and provides special festive lighting during the annual Winter Festival of Lights which takes place in late November to mid-January.") 877-642-7275

Fridays, Saturday, May 29 to Labor Day, South Padre Island TX "Friday Night Fireworks Over the Bay". Between Marlin & Red Snapper St. on Laguna Madre Bay 9:10p. ("Annual Summer Weekend Fireworks tradition kicks off. Fireworks every Friday between Memorial Day and Labor Day.") 956-761-6433

May 29, Sat. South Padre Island TX "Memorial Day Fireworks Over the Bay". Bayside 9:10p. ("Annual Summer Weekend Fireworks tradition kicks off. Fireworks every Friday between Memorial Day and Labor Day!") 800-657-2373

May 29, Sat. Chicago IL Navy Pier "Memorial Day Weekend Celebration" Fireworks. Lakefront from Navy Pier to Adler Planetarium. ("Navy Pier kicks off its summer activities with TWO brilliant fireworks shows. The first on May 29, followed by a second on May 30, as Navy Pier presents a fireworks display synchronized to a patriotic soundtrack scheduled on Sunday! Visitors have the opportunity to enjoy non-stop entertainment and programming, as well as the chance to win round-trip transportation for winner and companion to various American Airlines destinations all weekend long.") 773-481-WXRT

May 29, Sat. Providence RI "Waterfire" River Bonfires. Fire, not fireworks, 8:12p. ("WaterFire centers on a series of 100 bonfires that blaze just above the surface of the three rivers that pass through the middle of downtown Providence. The string of fires illuminates nearly two-thirds of a mile of urban public spaces and parks, and residents and visitors gather to stroll along the river while listening to a memorable and eclectic selection of classical and world music that serves as a melodic accompaniment to the normal sounds of urban life. The fires are tended from sunset to past midnight by black-clad performers in boats who pass quietly before the flames. There are no admission charges to WaterFire." Waterfire is well worth the trip and is an excellent example of what can be achieved when a community really supports the arts. W.) 401-273-9727

May 30, Sun. Raystown PA "Memorial Day Weekend" Fireworks. The Marina. Dusk. ("Our Memorial Day Fireworks will begin at dusk. Come and enjoy our spectacular fireworks display at The marina. Our Lake Raystown Resort DJ will be on The Bistro Deck from 8 - 11 PM for a special Memorial Day Dance.") 814-658-3500

May 30, Sun. Chicago IL Navy Pier "Memorial Day Weekend Celebration" Fireworks. Lakefront from Navy Pier to Adler Planetarium. ("Navy Pier kicks off its summer activities with TWO brilliant fireworks shows. The first on May 29, followed by a second on May 30, as Navy Pier presents a fireworks display synchronized to a patriotic soundtrack scheduled on Sunday! Visitors have the opportunity to enjoy non-stop entertainment and programming, as well as the chance to win round-trip transportation for winner and companion to various American Airlines destinations all weekend long.") 773-481-WXRT

Wednesdays, Memorial Day to Labor Day, Hampton Beach NH "Weekly Summer Fireworks". 9:30pm. ("Every Wednesday and Holidays at 9:30 PM, May 30th, June 23rd & 30th, July 4th, 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th, August 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th, September 1st & 5th.") 603-926-8718

Wednesdays and Saturdays, Memorial Day to Labor Day, Chicago IL "Navy Pier Weekly Summer" Fireworks. Dock Street, Wed. 9:30p, Sat. 10:15p.("Spend an evening at Navy Pier and watch as our spectacular firework shows set ablaze the Chicago sky every Wednesday and Saturday evening through Labor Day. Holiday fireworks include May 29, 10:15 p.m.; May 30, 9:30 p.m.; July 4, 9:30 p.m.; September 4, 10:15 p.m.; September 5, 9:30 p.m. The City of Chicago will host firework shows on July 3 and July 31, these shows can be viewed from Navy Pier. Admission: Free.") 312-595-PIER

Thursdays, Late June to Labor Day, Old Orchard Beach ME "Town Square" Weekly Fireworks. On the beach next to The Pier, 9:45p. ("Starting in late June every Thursday evening through Labor Day at 9:45 pm on the beach next to The Pier. Sponsored by Palace Playland, Village Park, The Pier, and other local businesses.") 207-934-2500

June 4, Fri. Portland OR "Rose Festival Opening Ceremonies and Fireworks Spectacular." Tom McCall Waterfront Park. 9:55p. ("Celebrate the launch of the 2004 Rose Festival with Oregon s largest fireworks display.") 503-227-2681

June 4, Fri. Providence RI "Waterfire" River Bonfires. Fire, not fireworks, 8:16p. ("WaterFire centers on a series of 100 bonfires that blaze just above the surface of the three rivers that pass through the middle of downtown Providence. The string of fires illuminates nearly two-thirds of a mile of urban public spaces and parks, and residents and visitors gather to stroll along the river while listening to a memorable and eclectic selection of classical and world music that serves as a melodic accompaniment to the normal sounds of urban life. The fires are tended from sunset to past midnight by black-clad performers in boats who pass quietly before the flames. There are no admission charges to WaterFire." Waterfire is well worth the trip and is an excellent example of what can be achieved when a community really supports the arts. W.) 401-273-9727

June 12, Sat. Montreal CANADA International Fireworks Competition . La Ronde Amusement Park, 10p. Opening. (Get up on the Jacques-Cartier Highway Bridge for the best fireworks view you've ever had. W.) 800-797-4537

June 18 & 19, Fri. & Sat. L'Oise FRANCE "Nights of Fire" Fireworks Competition. Parc du Château de Chantilly, 40 km north of Paris, 9:15p. ("Since 1987, within the sumptuous framework of the park of the Castle of Chantilly, take place the Nights of Fire in l'Oise. It is the most important international contest of Fireworks in Europe.") 03 44 45 18 18

June 19, Sat. Chattanooga TN "2004 Riverbend Festival" Fireworks. ("Acts for Saturday, June 19th include STYX, Talent Search Finalists, Michelle Young, Jay Seeger, That One Guy, Gene's Jam, The Impressions, Les Dudek, Raisin Hill, Cumberland Runners and Hayseed Dixie!! The Best Fireworks show in Chattanooga is also tonight!") 503-227-2681

June 19, Sat. Montreal CANADA "International Fireworks Competition". La Ronde Amusement Park, 10p. (Spain). (Get up on the Jacques-Cartier Highway Bridge for the best fireworks view you've ever had. W.) 800-797-4537

June 20, Sun. Providence RI "Waterfire" River Bonfires. Fire, not fireworks, 8:24p. ("WaterFire centers on a series of 100 bonfires that blaze just above the surface of the three rivers that pass through the middle of downtown Providence. The string of fires illuminates nearly two-thirds of a mile of urban public spaces and parks, and residents and visitors gather to stroll along the river while listening to a memorable and eclectic selection of classical and world music that serves as a melodic accompaniment to the normal sounds of urban life. The fires are tended from sunset to past midnight by black-clad performers in boats who pass quietly before the flames. There are no admission charges to WaterFire." Waterfire is well worth the trip and is an excellent example of what can be achieved when a community really supports the arts. W.) 401-273-9727

June 20, Sun. Alexandria VA "23nd Annual Red Cross Waterfront Festival" Fireworks. Oronoco Bay Park. ("Join us for an "Undersea Adventure" at the 23rd Annual Alexandria Red Cross Waterfront Festival, June 18-20 at Oronoco Bay Park in Old Town Alexandria. Northern Virginia's premier waterfront festival is a great way to jump start your summer. Visit the tall ships, sample the frozen fruit drinks and crab cakes, shop at over 60 Arts & Crafts booths, take a spin on the ferris wheel, send the kids on a sea hunt adventure, and relax on the lawn while enjoying the waterfront view and music from the main stage. You won't want to miss the spectacular fireworks show over the bay on Saturday night!") 703-549-8300

June 23, Wed. Detroit MI and Windsor CANADA "International Freedom Festival" Fireworks. Detroit River, 10:06p. ("Bring family and friends to the Marshall Field's Target Fireworks - the flagship event of the International Freedom Festival on Wednesday, June 23, 2004. Celebrate the longstanding friendship between the citizens of Windsor and Detroit at the 46th annual blockbuster event of the summer.") 313-923-7400

June 23, Wed. Boothbay Harbor ME "Windjammer Days" Fireworks. Boothbay Harbor. Inner Harbor 9p. ("Participate in a grand sail parade through picturesque Boothbay Harbor. Majestic windjammers come from up and down the coast to participate in this exciting early- season event. Shoreside activities include music and fireworks.") 207-633-2353/800-807-9463

June 25, Fri. Bridgeport CT "P.T.Barnum Festival 2004" SkyBlast Party Fireworks. Seaside Park, Dusk. ("For P.T. Barnum, whose worldwide influence is felt from Bridgeport to Bangkok, every day was like the Fourth of July, every one of his promotions produced a fireworks display. And that's precisely what the Barnum Festival is a 30-day-long Fourth of July celebration. A time to kick back, lighten up, block out all of the distractions in your life and embrace a mega-celebration of parades, concerts, parties, drum corps and the fireworks extravaganza at Seaside Park.") 203-367-8495/877-4-BARNUM

June 26, Sat. Montreal CANADA "International Fireworks Competition". La Ronde Amusement Park, 10p. (Japan). (Get up on the Jacques-Cartier Highway Bridge for the best fireworks view you've ever had. W.) 800-797-4537

June 26, Sat. Toronto CANADA "Ontario Place" Fireworks. Ontario Place. ("China Fireworks Show!") 416-870-8000

June 26, Sat. Toronto CANADA "Ontario Place" Fireworks. Ontario Place. (China)("In 2004, Ontario Place is proud to host the Festival of Fire, a spectacular on-water fireworks series. For three nights this summer, Ontario Place will light up Lake Ontario along the Toronto waterfront with brilliant fireworks displays, choreographed to music, fired into the sky from a 700-foot lake freighter. This unique event will take place on June 26th, July 1st and July 3rd.") 416-870-8000

June 26, Sat. Springfield MO "Firefall" Fireworks. Springfield/Branson Regional Airport. 9:45p. ("Firefall is southwest Missouri's most extravagant fireworks display with more than 60,000 people in attendance. The Springfield Symphony provides live music choreographed to the fireworks, other live entertainment.") 417-864-1049/1-800-678-8767

June 27, Sun. New York City NY "Pride Week Dance 18" Fireworks. Pier 54 (@ 13th st. and the Hudson River) 10:30p. ("Heritage of Pride, organizer and producer of New York City's Pride events, presents the annual Dance on the Pier. Starting at 4:00 PM, join us on the waterfront for a great afternoon and evening of dancing on Pier 54 in Hudson River Park. We're thrilled to bring you DJ's Robbie Leslie and Tony Moran on the turntables with Ross Berger making his beautiful magic in light. As you dance the day away against the backdrop of the sun setting against the New York City skyline, prepare to be dazzled by a flurry of fireworks set to music as the Dance ends at 10:30. In its 18th year, the Dance is a great, queer New York City tradition.") 212-807-7433

July 1, Thu. Niagara Falls ONTARIO "Victoria Day" Fireworks. Victoria Park. ("Join in the celebration of our 2 great nations, this July 1st to 4th. This co-ordinated series of activities and performances, especially designed for families, can be found throughout the Niagara Parks Commission and the Niagara Falls State Park. From music to interactive fun and spectacular fireworks, will make this 2 Nation Celebration a family vacation to remember.") 877-642-7275

July 1, Thu. Toronto CANADA "Ontario Place" Fireworks. Ontario Place. ("CANADA DAY FESTIVAL FIREWORKS!") 416-870-8000

Nightly July 1 to July 5, Thu. - Mon. Marin County CA "Marin County Fair" Fireworks. Over the Lagoon, 9:30p. ("The 2004 Marin County Fair, will be the summer's biggest community celebration, with traditional fair favorites and exciting only-in-Marin attractions. The fair has earned a reputation for innovation, imagination and quality family entertainment. The 59th edition promises to uphold this tradition, opening Thursday, July 1, and running through Monday, July 5, 2004. All five days there will be intriguing events and exhibits, thrilling rides and contests, and we will have plenty of world-class entertainment for a thoroughly uplifting experience. Celebrate the legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright and the future of the Marin Center campus at the 2004 Marin County Fair. Every night of the fair there will be a dazzling fireworks display by Pyro-Spectaculars.") 415-499-6400

July 1, Thu. Toronto CANADA "Ontario Place" Fireworks. Ontario Place. (Canada)("In 2004, Ontario Place is proud to host the Festival of Fire, a spectacular on-water fireworks series. For three nights this summer, Ontario Place will light up Lake Ontario along the Toronto waterfront with brilliant fireworks displays, choreographed to music, fired into the sky from a 700-foot lake freighter. This unique event will take place on June 26th, July 1st and July 3rd.") 416-870-8000

July 2, Fri. Columbus OH "Red, White & Boom!" Fireworks. Washington Blvd. between Broad and Town, 10p.("For years, Red, White & Boom! has been widely regarded as the greatest fireworks display in the Midwest a display that boasts an original fireworks soundtrack by WNCI-FM, 97.9. More than 500,000 people will gather downtown to fill the buildings, the parking lots and the streets within a several mile radius.") 614-891-BOOM

July 2, 3 & 4, Fri., Sat. & Sun. St. Louis MO "Fair St. Louis" Fireworks. Gateway Arch 9:40p. ("Fair Saint Louis is a not-for-profit organization. Its mission is to showcase the civic pride and spirit of the people of Greater St. Louis through an annual patriotic and educational celebration. Over its 23-year history, Fair Saint Louis has become the largest three-day Fourth of July festival in the United States. Its high quality and diverse events attract all segments of the community in its planning, execution and participation".) 314-655-1600

July 3, Sat. Madison WI "Rhythm & Booms!" Independence Day Celebration. Warner Park. ("Check back soon for more information.") 608-833-6717

Saturdays, July 3 to September 4, Vancouver Island BC "Butchart Gardens Weekly Summer" Fireworks. Admission Charge, Times vary. ("Superb fireworks in The Gardens' magnificent setting. Every Saturday night, July 3rd through to September 4th, these lavish shows dazzle visitors with their unique blend of spectacle and music. Bring warm clothing and, if desired, a cover to sit on the ground.") 250-652-4422

July 3, Sat. Montreal CANADA "International Fireworks Competition". La Ronde Amusement Park, 10p. (Italy). (Get up on the Jacques-Cartier Highway Bridge for the best fireworks view you've ever had. W.) 800-797-4537

July 3, Sat. Toronto CANADA "Ontario Place" Fireworks. Ontario Place. ("Portugal Fireworks Show!") 416-870-8000

July 3, Sat. Providence RI "Waterfire" River Bonfires. Fire, not fireworks, 8:24p. ("WaterFire centers on a series of 100 bonfires that blaze just above the surface of the three rivers that pass through the middle of downtown Providence. The string of fires illuminates nearly two-thirds of a mile of urban public spaces and parks, and residents and visitors gather to stroll along the river while listening to a memorable and eclectic selection of classical and world music that serves as a melodic accompaniment to the normal sounds of urban life. The fires are tended from sunset to past midnight by black-clad performers in boats who pass quietly before the flames. There are no admission charges to WaterFire." Waterfire is well worth the trip and is an excellent example of what can be achieved when a community really supports the arts. W.) 401-273-9727

July 3, Sat. Toronto CANADA "Ontario Place" Fireworks. Ontario Place. (Portugal)("In 2004, Ontario Place is proud to host the Festival of Fire, a spectacular on-water fireworks series. For three nights this summer, Ontario Place will light up Lake Ontario along the Toronto waterfront with brilliant fireworks displays, choreographed to music, fired into the sky from a 700-foot lake freighter. This unique event will take place on June 26th, July 1st and July 3rd.") 416-870-8000

July 3, Sat. Poulsbo WA "Fireworks on the Fjord". Liberty Bay, 10:30p. ("Food • Rides • Displays Family Entertainment, Eating Contests, Crowning "Seed Spitting" King & Queen, Live Music in the park".) 360-779-8018

July 3, Sat. Weirs Beach NH "Independence Day Weekend" Fireworks. Midnight. ("Watch spectacular fireworks over Weirs Beach while hundreds of boats light up the bay below!") 978-283-2116

July 3, Sat. Gloucester MA "Independence Day" Fireworks. Stage Fort Park 10p. ("Annual Independence Day Parades in Gloucester, Rockport, and Manchester. Marching bands, floats, and children in costumes all compete for awards and trophies. Highlights include: a grand fireworks display over Gloucester Harbor on July 3 at 10:00 p.m. and a bonfire on Rockport’s Back Beach on July 4 at 8:30 p.m. Call 978-283-1601 for details and information. Parades: Gloucester, July 3, 6:00 p.m.; Manchester, July 4, 9:30 a.m.; Rockport, July 4, 6:00 p.m") 978-283-1601

July 3 Sat. Battle Creek MI "Field of Flight" Fireworks. 10:30p. ("Melrose Pyrotechnics Is Back! And Promising A Spectacular Fireworks Display!") 616-962-0592

July 3, Sat. Addison TX "19th Annual Kaboom Town" Fireworks. South end of the Addison Airport. ("Addison s most explosive party of the year. Dazzling fireworks are choreographed to music and simulcast on the radio plus food, live music and spectacular historic warplane fly-bys. Rated one of the top 10 shows in the country by USA Today in 2002 and one of the 25 shows in the country by the Wall Street Journal in 1999.") 1-800-ADDISON

July 3 & 4, Sat. & Sun. St. Louis MO "Fair St. Louis" Fireworks. Gateway Arch 9:40p. ("Fair Saint Louis is a not-for-profit organization. Its mission is to showcase the civic pride and spirit of the people of Greater St. Louis through an annual patriotic and educational celebration. Over its 23-year history, Fair Saint Louis has become the largest three-day Fourth of July festival in the United States. Its high quality and diverse events attract all segments of the community in its planning, execution and participation".) 314-655-1600

July 3, Sat. Woodville OH "4th of July Fireworks". Trailmarker Park, 10p. ("A Midway Full of Rides and Games, Great Food Concessions, Nightly Live Entertainment, Nightly Cash Prizes, Bicycle Give Away, Fun for all 4 Mile Run.") 419-849-2278

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July 4, Sun. Longwood Gardens PA "2004 Fireworks & Fountains." Longwood Gardens. 9:15p. Adults $25.("Four spectacular evenings of fireworks and fountains are scheduled this summer. The first three shows (Italian Festival) are set to Italian music by Puccini and Respighi, and the final show (Celebrate USA) is set to patriotic American music. Parking is limited, and admission is by advance reservation, although tickets can be purchased the evening of the display if available. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome after 7 pm on these evenings. Food and drink, tripods, and radios are not permitted in the Gardens." Adults $25.) 610-388-1000 ext100

July 4, Sun. Boston MA "Pops Concert at the Esplanade" 4th of July Fireworks. Charles River 10:30p. (Concert includes Tchaikovsky's "1812" Overture, cannons, church bells, sing-a-longs and music synched fireworks.) 888-4TH-POPS

July 4, Sun. State College PA "Central PA 4th Fest" Fireworks. Penn State University. 9:20p ("Every year, the Fourth of July marks the birth date of the United States. Join in the celebration of our great country's heritage as the land of the free by sharing the day with friends, neighbors, guests, and snuggling up with those you love at the culmination of the day's activities; the greatest fireworks show on the planet! Pyrotechnics Demonstration - Central PA 4th Fest pyrotechnics volunteers will provide a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into the fireworks show! You'll be amazed! 4p, 5:30p & 7:15p at Storytelling Tent.") 814-238-5334

July 4, Sun. New Orleans LA "Go 4th on the River" Fireworks. ("Saturday(?), July 4, 2004 - Riverwalk's annual celebration of Independence Day, with free concerts in the afternoon and fireworks over the river from dueling barges at 9pm.") 504-522-1555

July 4, Sun. South Padre Island TX "Fourth of July Fireworks". Between Marlin & Red Snapper St. on Laguna Madre Bay 9:10p. ("Annual fireworks display celebrating the birth of our nation.") 956-761-6433

July 4, Sun. Evansville IA "Evansville Freedom Festival" Fireworks. ("The primary mission of the Freedom Festival Foundation of Evansville, Indiana, Inc., is to conduct an annual Thunder Festival in the Greater Evansville area for the benefit of all citizens in celebration, recognition and appreciation of their liberties, rights and freedoms; to promote the principles of freedom, justice and equality throughout the year; and to assist in preserving and strengthening the basic rights, privileges, freedoms and equalities of all citizens upon which these United States were founded in 1776. The Evansville Freedom Festival salutes the veterans in the tri-state area.") 812-424-2986

July 4, Sun. St. Louis MO "Fair St. Louis" Fireworks. Gateway Arch 9:40p. ("Fair Saint Louis is a not-for-profit organization. Its mission is to showcase the civic pride and spirit of the people of Greater St. Louis through an annual patriotic and educational celebration. Over its 23-year history, Fair Saint Louis has become the largest three-day Fourth of July festival in the United States. Its high quality and diverse events attract all segments of the community in its planning, execution and participation".) 314-655-1600

July 4, Sun. Niagara Falls ONTARIO "Independence Day" Fireworks. Victoria Park. ("Join in the celebration of our 2 great nations, this July 1st to 4th. This co-ordinated series of activities and performances, especially designed for families, can be found throughout the Niagara Parks Commission and the Niagara Falls State Park. From music to interactive fun and spectacular fireworks, will make this 2 Nation Celebration a family vacation to remember.") 877-642-7275

July 4, Sun. Seattle WA 16th Annual "Family Fourth at Lake Union" Fireworks. Lake Union 10p. ("Washington Mutual Family Fourth at Lake Union brings you Independence Day fireworks magic and wizardry for its 16th year high above the shores of Seattle's Gas Works Park. Both Japanese and American fireworks masters are spending the winter and spring months choreographing and perfecting a pyrotechnic masterpiece for Seattle. The entire fireworks display will be digitally timed to a moving score of patriotic music that will be broadcast throughout Gas Works Park, as well as simulcast on KUBE 93 and 95.7 KJR FM, so bring your radio along as you watch from the hills surrounding Lake Union. But if you can't imagine pulling yourself away from your decks and backyard barbecues, KING 5 will be broadcasting the fireworks live beginning at 10 pm. Your favorite KING 5 personalities will be there to help you celebrate Independence Day with the thousands of patriotic revelers in Gas Works Park. But why not make a day of it? Plan on joining us at Gas Works Park on the Fourth beginning at noon to enjoy a free day full of family activities, food and fun. And more importantly, stake out a great spot in the Park to watch the fireworks when night falls. We'll see you at Washington Mutual Family Fourth!") 206-281-7788

July 4, Sun. Philadelphia PA "Sunoco Welcome America!" Festival Fireworks. Benjamin Franklin Parkway. ("The Phillies will host visitors all week long. Events take place all day on the Fourth: the Philadelphia Liberty Medal Award presentation, which will honor Sandra Day O'Connor, and the Sweet Sounds of Liberty concert at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Of course, the fireworks at the end of the day can be seen all over the city.") 800-770-5883

July 4, Sun. New York City NY "Macy's 4th of July" Fireworks. East River/Manhattan East Side - 23rd St. to 42nd St. in Manhattan, 9p. ("The skies above the Big Apple will be lighted by some of the most amazing fireworks ever viewed this Independence Day. Once again Macy's, the world's largest store, will host the 30-minute fireworks extravaganza that has an entire city "oohing" and "aahing." Details about this year's show will be released closer to the event's date." For more info check out Jim's Deli insider info.) 212-494-4495

July 4, Sun. Santa Barbara CA "Sparkle 2004" 4th of July Fireworks. ("Stay tuned to this website for upcoming news and info for the 2004 show.") 805-884-8200

July 4, Sun. Old Orchard Beach ME "Fireworks In The Square". Old Orchard Beach Pier. ("The Portland Symphony presents its annual July 4th concert featuring all of your favorite American tunes ending with a spectacular fireworks display. Concert is held outside (weather permitting) in Saco at the Thornton Academy field. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic dinners".) 207-934-2500

July 4, Sun. St. Augustine FL Fourth of July Celebration. Bayfront 9:15p. (Claims "One of the East Coast's largest fireworks shows bursts over the oldest masonry fort in the nation. The 20-minute display has been tightly choreographed to a stirring soundtrack of great popular music. With the placement of an extensive sound system, the Bayfront between the Castillo de San Marcos and the Bridge of Lions will become a theatre of sight and sound.") 800-653-2489

July 4, Sun. Tacoma WA "Tacoma Freedom Fair" 4th of July Fireworks. Commencement Bay, 10:30p ("Tacoma Freedom Fair events will cover two miles of the Ruston Way waterfront on the 4th of July. The schedule includes six live entertainment performance areas featuring country, rock, folk, jazz, blues, reggae, Latin, folk, music and dance. Those attending will find games, rides, a kids carnival, and an open-air market with arts, crafts and an international food court. There will be a pole vault competition, a log boom for boaters, a classic car show and a Metro Parks Family Fun Zone filled with activities including a very special guest, J.P. Patches. Highlighting the day will be the Tacoma Airshow and the spectacular Emerald Queen Grand Finale Fireworks Extravaganza, but for this year, be watching for something special immediately before the launch of the fireworks.") 253-756-9808/360-352-8911

July 4, Sun. Portland Oregon "16th Annual Waterfront Blues Festival" Fireworks. Over Willamette River, 10p, $5. ("Waterfront Blues Festival presents a spectacular display of fireworks to commemorate July 4th and to celebrate America’s rich, original and most important contribution to music—the blues." $5) 503-282-0555

July 4, Sun. Irving Texas Annual Smooth Jazz July 4th Music and Fireworks Festival. Las Colinas Urban Center, Williams Square, 9:30p. ("Presented by The Irving Symphony Orchestra, the 19th Annual Patriotic Concert and Fireworks Celebration will begin at 5:00 p.m. in Las Colinas' Williams Square. The Sun String Quartet will kick off the evening starting at 6pm. The Irving Symphony, conducted by Hector Guzman, will perform at approximately 8:30pm. A spectacular fireworks finale which will start around 9:30 p.m. will follow the musical performance. One of the largest Pyrotechnic shows every presented by the Irving Symphony will be best viewed from Williams Square off of O'Connor Boulevard.") 214-630-3011

July 10, Sat. Montreal CANADA ”International Fireworks Competition”. La Ronde Amusement Park, 10p. (Spain). (Get up on the Jacques-Cartier Highway Bridge for the best fireworks view you've ever had. W.) 800-797-4537

July 10, Sat. Traverse City MI "National Cherry Festival " Fireworks. Over West Grand Traverse Bay, 10:30p. ("It's a Fireworks Finale in grand style over West Grand Traverse Bay. Festival Open Space at Grandview Parkway and Union Street.") 231-947-4230

July 10, Sat. Cologne GERMANY "Cologne Koln Lights" Fireworks. Rhine river between the Deutz bridge and the Hohenzollern bridge, 9p. ("In front of the island Groov in Cologne Koln-Porz about 40 passenger boats gather together in the evening to a big boat parade. Once the starting shot is given, the rockets for the 1st big firework soar up on the right Rhine river side of Cologne Koln-Porz. Bengal fire lets the city hall of Cologne Koln light up. The boat parade starts its trip downstream, past Cologne Koln-Ensen, Cologne Koln-Westhoven to Cologne Koln-Rodenkirchen. Fireworks of the 2nd big firework color beautiful pictures in the nightly sky from the left Rhine river side. The round boat cruise goes further along Cologne Koln-Marienburg, Cologne Koln-Bayenthal, Cologne Koln-Poll, while on the way the colorful lights and laterns, which the residents have put on the window sills in their house, are mirrored in the Rhine river. The 3rd big firework is lighted while the boat parade passes Cologne Koln-Poll. In Cologne Koln-Mulheim the 4th big firework takes place. Exploding saluting guns and fireworks provide a further dainty of the special kind for eyes and ears. For the 5th big firework the boats finally anchor in front of the Hohenzollern bridge and behind the Deutz bridge. At about 11:30 p.m. the Pyrotechnician starts the breath-taking main firework, synchronously to a firework music from an over 100 meters long firework boat, which is anchored in the middle of the Rhine river between the Deutz bridge and the Hohenzollern bridge. In a good 30 minutes, star explosions, lightning bombs and other fireworks attract and pull the viewers into their ban.") 0179 250 6757(Inside Germany)/+49 179 250 6757(Outside Germany)

July 14, Wed. Montreal CANADA “International Fireworks Competition”. La Ronde Amusement Park, 10p. (Holland). (Get up on the Jacques-Cartier Highway Bridge for the best fireworks view you've ever had. W.) 800-797-4537

July 17, Sat. Montreal CANADA “International Fireworks Competition”. La Ronde Amusement Park, 10p. (China). (Get up on the Jacques-Cartier Highway Bridge for the best fireworks view you've ever had. W.) 800-797-4537

July 21, Wed. Montreal CANADA “International Fireworks Competition”. La Ronde Amusement Park, 10p. (France). (Get up on the Jacques-Cartier Highway Bridge for the best fireworks view you've ever had. W.) 800-797-4537

July 21, Wed. Providence RI "Waterfire" River Bonfires. Fire, not fireworks, 8:15p. ("WaterFire centers on a series of 100 bonfires that blaze just above the surface of the three rivers that pass through the middle of downtown Providence. The string of fires illuminates nearly two-thirds of a mile of urban public spaces and parks, and residents and visitors gather to stroll along the river while listening to a memorable and eclectic selection of classical and world music that serves as a melodic accompaniment to the normal sounds of urban life. The fires are tended from sunset to past midnight by black-clad performers in boats who pass quietly before the flames. There are no admission charges to WaterFire." Waterfire is well worth the trip and is an excellent example of what can be achieved when a community really supports the arts. W.) 401-273-9727

July 23, Fri. Longwood Gardens PA "2004 Fireworks & Fountains." Longwood Gardens. 9:15p. Adults $25.("Four spectacular evenings of fireworks and fountains are scheduled this summer. The first three shows (Italian Festival) are set to Italian music by Puccini and Respighi, and the final show (Celebrate USA) is set to patriotic American music. Parking is limited, and admission is by advance reservation, although tickets can be purchased the evening of the display if available. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome after 7 pm on these evenings. Food and drink, tripods, and radios are not permitted in the Gardens." Adults $25.) 610-388-1000 ext100

July 23, Fri. York ME "York Days" Fireworks. Short Sands Beach, 9:30p. ("Local concerts, tournaments, sandcastle building,fairs and fireworks on August 1. Events take place at various times and locations in York Beach.") 207-363-1040

July 24, Sat. Quebec CANADA "International Fireworks Festival". Montmorency Falls Park, 9:30p. ("On Wednesdays and Saturdays (July 24 to August 11). Each fireworks display lasts 25 minutes. (35 minutes the last night). The team putting on the best display wins the coveted grand prize, the Solstice Loto-Quebec. Tickets categories are: general admissision, reserved seating, special packages, and the dinner & show combination at the Manoir Montmorency overlooking the competition site.") 1.888.934.FIRE / 418.692.3736

July 24, Sat. Montreal CANADA “International Fireworks Competition”. La Ronde Amusement Park, 10p. (Germany). (Get up on the Jacques-Cartier Highway Bridge for the best fireworks view you've ever had. W.) 800-797-4537

July 28, Wed. Quebec CANADA "International Fireworks Festival". Montmorency Falls Park, 9:30p. ("On Wednesdays and Saturdays (July 24 to August 11). Each fireworks display lasts 25 minutes. (35 minutes the last night). The team putting on the best display wins the coveted grand prize, the Solstice Loto-Quebec. Tickets categories are: general admissision, reserved seating, special packages, and the dinner & show combination at the Manoir Montmorency overlooking the competition site.") 1.888.934.FIRE / 418.692.3736

July 28, Wed. Montreal CANADA “International Fireworks Competition”. La Ronde Amusement Park, 10p. (Grand Finale). (Get up on the Jacques-Cartier Highway Bridge for the best fireworks view you've ever had. W.) 800-797-4537

July 28, Wed. English Bay, Vancouver CANADA "Celebration of Light" Fireworks Competition. English Bay, Kitsilano, Vanier Park, Jericho Beach, West Vancouver. The event is free to watch from public parks and beaches, 10p. ("Three countries will participate in the HSBC Celebration of Light competition. Wednesday, July 28, Saturday, July 31, Wednesday, August 4, Saturday, August 7. Check back in May to read about the 2004 competitors. All three competitors perform at the grand finale on Saturday, August 7, 2004. Music simulcast begins at 10:00 p.m. on radio station ROCK 101 (101.1 FM). Each show lasts about 25 minutes.") 604 731-2428

July 31, Sat. Quebec CANADA "International Fireworks Festival". Montmorency Falls Park, 9:30p. ("On Wednesdays and Saturdays (July 24 to August 11). Each fireworks display lasts 25 minutes. (35 minutes the last night). The team putting on the best display wins the coveted grand prize, the Solstice Loto-Quebec. Tickets categories are: general admissision, reserved seating, special packages, and the dinner & show combination at the Manoir Montmorency overlooking the competition site.") 1.888.934.FIRE / 418.692.3736

July 31, Sat. English Bay, Vancouver CANADA "Celebration of Light" Fireworks Competition. English Bay, Kitsilano, Vanier Park, Jericho Beach, West Vancouver. The event is free to watch from public parks and beaches, 10p. ("Three countries will participate in the HSBC Celebration of Light competition. Wednesday, July 28, Saturday, July 31, Wednesday, August 4, Saturday, August 7. Check back in May to read about the 2004 competitors. All three competitors perform at the grand finale on Saturday, August 7, 2004. Music simulcast begins at 10:00 p.m. on radio station ROCK 101 (101.1 FM). Each show lasts about 25 minutes.") 604 731-2428

Every August 1. Tondabayashi-city, Osaka JAPAN "Perfect Liberty religious order Fireworks Arts" Fireworks. The New PL Religion Hall. 19:00. (Claims: "120,000 fireworks! The most biggest scale display in the world.") 0187-26-2600

August 1, Fri. York ME "Airforce Band/Fireworks at the Beach". Short Sands Beach, 9:30p. ("Local concerts, tournaments, sandcastle building,fairs and fireworks on August 1. Events take place at various times and locations in York Beach.") 207-363-1040

Every August 2 & 3. Nagaoka city JAPAN "Nagaoka Fireworks Display". Sinano River. (Features 2 Sanjakudama(36inch shells) and 2 Nishakudama(24inch shells) per show per night! TravelChannel.com says "Part of the Nagaoka summer festival, this pyrotechnic spectacle includes two days of fireworks displays with two shows per day. And the blasts are as big as they come. Sanjakudama, a flowering spark, soars to a staggering 650-meter height and 600-meter diameter, completely filling the night sky. Combine that with the Vesubio starmine often likened to a volcano eruption and Niagara Falls effects for a Japanese wonder with international flavor.") (+81) 424-81-7184

August 4, Wed. Quebec CANADA "International Fireworks Festival". Montmorency Falls Park, 9:30p. ("On Wednesdays and Saturdays (July 24 to August 11). Each fireworks display lasts 25 minutes. (35 minutes the last night). The team putting on the best display wins the coveted grand prize, the Solstice Loto-Quebec. Tickets categories are: general admissision, reserved seating, special packages, and the dinner & show combination at the Manoir Montmorency overlooking the competition site.") 1.888.934.FIRE / 418.692.3736

August 4, Wed. English Bay, Vancouver CANADA "Celebration of Light" Fireworks Competition. English Bay, Kitsilano, Vanier Park, Jericho Beach, West Vancouver. The event is free to watch from public parks and beaches, 10p. ("Three countries will participate in the HSBC Celebration of Light competition. Wednesday, July 28, Saturday, July 31, Wednesday, August 4, Saturday, August 7. Check back in May to read about the 2004 competitors. All three competitors perform at the grand finale on Saturday, August 7, 2004. Music simulcast begins at 10:00 p.m. on radio station ROCK 101 (101.1 FM). Each show lasts about 25 minutes.") 604 731-2428

August 7, Sat. to August 13, Fri. West Fargo ND "2004 Pyrotechnics Guild International Convention" Fireworks. CAM-PLEX. 8:30p nightly. (PGI Convention displays are open to the public for a nominal charge each evening. Fireworks displays and competitions start each evening around 8:30 p.m. The Convention itself is open to PGI members (membership prior to May 1, 2004 required) only.) 307-682-0552

August 7, Sat. Quebec CANADA "International Fireworks Festival". Montmorency Falls Park, 9:30p. ("On Wednesdays and Saturdays (July 24 to August 11). Each fireworks display lasts 25 minutes. (35 minutes the last night). The team putting on the best display wins the coveted grand prize, the Solstice Loto-Quebec. Tickets categories are: general admissision, reserved seating, special packages, and the dinner & show combination at the Manoir Montmorency overlooking the competition site.") 1.888.934.FIRE / 418.692.3736

August 7, Sat. English Bay, Vancouver CANADA "Celebration of Light" Fireworks Competition. English Bay, Kitsilano, Vanier Park, Jericho Beach, West Vancouver. The event is free to watch from public parks and beaches, 10p. ("Three countries will participate in the HSBC Celebration of Light competition. Wednesday, July 28, Saturday, July 31, Wednesday, August 4, Saturday, August 7. Check back in May to read about the 2004 competitors. All three competitors perform at the grand finale on Saturday, August 7, 2004. Music simulcast begins at 10:00 p.m. on radio station ROCK 101 (101.1 FM). Each show lasts about 25 minutes.") 604 731-2428

August 11, Wed. Quebec CANADA "International Fireworks Festival". Montmorency Falls Park, 9:30p. ("On Wednesdays and Saturdays (July 24 to August 11). Each fireworks display lasts 25 minutes. (35 minutes the last night). The team putting on the best display wins the coveted grand prize, the Solstice Loto-Quebec. Tickets categories are: general admissision, reserved seating, special packages, and the dinner & show combination at the Manoir Montmorency overlooking the competition site.") 1.888.934.FIRE / 418.692.3736

August 14, Sat. Koblenz, Coblence GERMANY "Rhine Aflame on the Rhine River" Fireworks. Rhine and Moselle rivers region from Koblenz, Coblence also in Spay, Braubach, Rhens und Lahnstein, 9:30p. ("Boat parade and fireworks along the Rhine river you'll experience the spectacle. About 80 Rhine river ships with 30.000 people on board glide from the Bopparder Hamm to the Deutsches Eck (German corner), past romantic half-timbered houses, castles and palaces, all bathed in the light of the "Bengal Fire." 9:30 p.m.: Opening fireworks display in Spay, Braubach: Fireworks from the castle Marksburg on the Rhine hills; Rhens: Fireworks on the Rhine border and from the Rhen mineral fountain; Lahnstein: Fireworks from the Hafenkopf (head of the harbor ); Koblenz: Fireworks from the castle Stolzenfels and the Konigsbacher brewery. At approximately 11:00 p.m.: Finale fireworks from the fortress Ehrenbreitstein across from the Deutsches Eck (German corner) at the mouth of the Moselle river.") 0179 250 6757(Inside Germany)/+49 179 250 6757(Outside Germany)

August 14, Sat. Providence RI "Waterfire" River Bonfires. Fire, not fireworks, 7:28p. ("WaterFire centers on a series of 100 bonfires that blaze just above the surface of the three rivers that pass through the middle of downtown Providence. The string of fires illuminates nearly two-thirds of a mile of urban public spaces and parks, and residents and visitors gather to stroll along the river while listening to a memorable and eclectic selection of classical and world music that serves as a melodic accompaniment to the normal sounds of urban life. The fires are tended from sunset to past midnight by black-clad performers in boats who pass quietly before the flames. There are no admission charges to WaterFire." Waterfire is well worth the trip and is an excellent example of what can be achieved when a community really supports the arts. W.) 401-273-9727

August 20, Fri. Longwood Gardens PA "2004 Fireworks & Fountains." Longwood Gardens. 9:00p. Adults $25.("Four spectacular evenings of fireworks and fountains are scheduled this summer. The first three shows (Italian Festival) are set to Italian music by Puccini and Respighi, and the final show (Celebrate USA) is set to patriotic American music. Parking is limited, and admission is by advance reservation, although tickets can be purchased the evening of the display if available. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome after 7 pm on these evenings. Food and drink, tripods, and radios are not permitted in the Gardens." Adults $25.) 610-388-1000 ext100

August 21, Sat. Calgary CANADA "Global Fest 2004" International Fireworks Competition. Over the lake at Elliston Park, 9:30p. (Australia) (Website not updated for 2004 as of 3/21/04 but dates were emailed to FDSW by festival communications with this disclaimer: "These dates are subject to confirmation. We do not expect for it to change significantly though".) 866-666-8308

August 21, Sat. Lutterworth, Leicestershire ENGLAND "British Semi Professional Firework Championships." Longwood Gardens. 9:00p. Adults $25.("Across the country every year many people perform firework displays for friends and family, village halls and scout parties; the semi professional firework championships gives these enthusiasts the chance to demonstrate their skills in front of a large critical audience. Only fireworks available to the general public may be used and limited to a retail value of £500.") 01788 899188

August 22, Sun. Calgary CANADA "Global Fest 2004" International Fireworks Competition. Over the lake at Elliston Park, 9:30p. (China)(Website not updated for 2004 as of 3/21/04 but dates were emailed to FDSW by festival communications with this disclaimer: "These dates are subject to confirmation. We do not expect for it to change significantly though".) 866-666-8308

August 23, Mon. Calgary CANADA "Global Fest 2004" International Fireworks Competition. Over the lake at Elliston Park, 9:30p. (India) (Website not updated for 2004 as of 3/21/04 but dates were emailed to FDSW by festival communications with this disclaimer: "These dates are subject to confirmation. We do not expect for it to change significantly though".) 866-666-8308

August 28, Sat. Providence RI "Waterfire" River Bonfires. Fire, not fireworks, 7:26p. ("WaterFire centers on a series of 100 bonfires that blaze just above the surface of the three rivers that pass through the middle of downtown Providence. The string of fires illuminates nearly two-thirds of a mile of urban public spaces and parks, and residents and visitors gather to stroll along the river while listening to a memorable and eclectic selection of classical and world music that serves as a melodic accompaniment to the normal sounds of urban life. The fires are tended from sunset to past midnight by black-clad performers in boats who pass quietly before the flames. There are no admission charges to WaterFire." Waterfire is well worth the trip and is an excellent example of what can be achieved when a community really supports the arts. W.) 401-273-9727

August 28, Sat. Calgary CANADA "Global Fest 2004" International Fireworks Competition. Over the lake at Elliston Park, 9:30p. (Japan) (Website not updated for 2004 as of 3/21/04 but dates were emailed to FDSW by festival communications with this disclaimer: "These dates are subject to confirmation. We do not expect for it to change significantly though".) 866-666-8308

August 29, Sun. Calgary CANADA "Global Fest 2004" International Fireworks Competition. Over the lake at Elliston Park, 9:30p. (Canada) (Website not updated for 2004 as of 3/21/04 but dates were emailed to FDSW by festival communications with this disclaimer: "These dates are subject to confirmation. We do not expect for it to change significantly though".) 866-666-8308

August 30, Mon. Calgary CANADA "Global Fest 2004" International Fireworks Competition. Over the lake at Elliston Park, 9:30p. (Finale) (Website not updated for 2004 as of 3/21/04 but dates were emailed to FDSW by festival communications with this disclaimer: "These dates are subject to confirmation. We do not expect for it to change significantly though".) 866-666-8308

August 30 to September 6, Black Rock Desert NV Burning Man Festival. Fire, Not Fireworks. ("Hundreds of San Franciscans ride in convoy to Black Rock Desert Nevada for a week of bizarre fun, parties, fashion shows, neo-pagan rituals, live music, pirated radio programs, drive-by shooting ranges and other unusual games. The climax of the weekend is the immolation of a 40-foot wooden figure laced with neon and filled with explosives. After it collapses in flames, circle dances begin." Not for the squeamish, tickets required. W) 415-985-7471

September 4, Sat. Stafford, ENGLAND "Festival of Fireworks 2004". Shugborough Estate.("The Shugborough Estate, set in 900 acres of magnificent parkland is the perfect setting for one of the UK's largest fireworks extravaganzas. Now in its fifth year, the Festival of Fireworks offers a unique opportunity to savour not one but four breathtaking fireworks displays, all set to music, in one unforgettable evening. Experience spectacular and stunning examples of the art of fireworks presented by some of the UK's best display companies, in the beautiful grounds of Shugborough. Ideal for a family outing, why not bring a picnic and marvel as the magnificent spectacle unfolds in an evening of breathtaking entertainment. The Festival of Fireworks is now regarded as one of the premier UK events for all fireworks enthusiasts, music lovers and those who enjoy entertainment on a grand scale.") 01889 881388

September 5, Sun. Winningen GERMANY "The Moselle River in Fire Magic" Fireworks. 9p. ("The Mosel / Moselle river festival in Winningen near Koblenz / Coblence is the biggest vine dresser festival on the below Mosel / Moselle. With its long tradition, it's also known as the one of the oldest wine festivals in Germany. The ten-day folk festival starts on the last Friday in August and ends on Sunday in the following week. The crowning conclusion of the Moselle river festival on the second Sunday builds a giant firework under the motto "The Moselle river in fire magic" ("Die Mosel in Feuerzauber"). A firework display starts at 6:30 p.m. from the passenger boat from Koblenz / Coblence. Music and dancing tune in to the splendid spectacle. A magical, beautiful atmosphere spreads out, when in front of the Mosel / Moselle river mountains, a wonderful scenery of pictures develop, which the exploding fireworks draw in the night sky and light up the Mosel / Moselle river gorge in such brightness, that a bengal illumination such as in the events of the "Rhine river in flames" / "Rhine river aflame" won't be missed. But the firework doesn't only offer something for the eyes, but also for the ears, because the already loud bangs of the firecrackers are even louder in the Mosl / Moselle river gorge. The firework display takes about 15 to 20 minutes.") 0179 250 6757(Inside Germany)/+49 179 250 6757(Outside Germany)

Every September 9 & 10. Ojiya-city, Niigata pref, JAPAN "Katakai-matsuri" Fireworks. Katakai machi, 19:00 to 22:00. ("Townspeople in Katagai are dedicate fireworks to lokal shrine Asahara with each wish. Two yonjaku-dama(48 inches biggest shell) is a special-feature program of this display. It bloom 800 meters in diameter.") 0258-84-3900

September 11, Sat. Longwood Gardens PA "2004 Fireworks & Fountains." Longwood Gardens. 8:45p. Adults $25.("Four spectacular evenings of fireworks and fountains are scheduled this summer. The first three shows (Italian Festival) are set to Italian music by Puccini and Respighi, and the final show (Celebrate USA) is set to patriotic American music. Parking is limited, and admission is by advance reservation, although tickets can be purchased the evening of the display if available. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome after 7 pm on these evenings. Food and drink, tripods, and radios are not permitted in the Gardens." Adults $25.) 610-388-1000 ext100

September 11, Sat. Providence RI "Waterfire" River Bonfires. Fire, not fireworks, 7:03p. ("WaterFire centers on a series of 100 bonfires that blaze just above the surface of the three rivers that pass through the middle of downtown Providence. The string of fires illuminates nearly two-thirds of a mile of urban public spaces and parks, and residents and visitors gather to stroll along the river while listening to a memorable and eclectic selection of classical and world music that serves as a melodic accompaniment to the normal sounds of urban life. The fires are tended from sunset to past midnight by black-clad performers in boats who pass quietly before the flames. There are no admission charges to WaterFire." Waterfire is well worth the trip and is an excellent example of what can be achieved when a community really supports the arts. W.) 401-273-9727

September 11, Sat. Oberwesel GERMANY "Rhine River Aflame - Night of the Thousand Fires" Fireworks. 9p. ("Night of the thousand fires" will be opened at about 9:00 p.m. with a greeting speech of the wine witch and the town mayor. After a short welcome firework display Oberwesel shines its historical town picture. Then a brilliant firework, accompanied by music, draws the night sky into a sea of lights. Exploding fireworks and fire cascades light up the Rhine river banks. The sounds of the fire spectacle echoes against the steep Rhine river hills which surround the Rhine river gorge. The main firework, which is subdivided into separate firework displays, will be shot off from the Rhine river hills and from the opposite side of the Oberwesel Rhine river bank.") 0179 250 6757(Inside Germany)/+49 179 250 6757(Outside Germany)

September 18, Sat. St. Goar and St. Goarshausen GERMANY "Rhine in Flames - The Night of the Lorelei" Fireworks. 8:45p. ("At about 8:45 p.m. the first rocket will be ignited from a boat. This rocket builds a prelude to a firework display of the superlative. One after the other, four firework displays begin from the castle Katz (cat) near St. Goarshausen, from the head of the harbor in St. Goar, from the castle Rheinfels (biggest castle ruin in the Rhineland) near St. Goar and from a ferry. In front of the non-reappearing scenery, the fireworks draw exploding pictures in the nightly sky above the romantic Rhine river valley gorge with its steep hills, the illuminated towns and the brightly lighted castles. During this show, many a visitors feel a cold shower run down their back. The fireworks are also an acoustically impressable experience. On the rock hills the explosion sounds of the firecrackers and rockets re-echo several times. In a more contemplative programm, the firework displays show themselves in especially hot and dry years. Because of fire danger, the fireworks can only be ignited from the ferry.") 0179 250 6757(Inside Germany)/+49 179 250 6757(Outside Germany)

September 25, Sat. Boppard GERMANY "Glowing Night on the Middle Rhine river" Fireworks. Rhine river banks near Filsen, 9p. ("The first wine festival takes place on the third weekend in September from Friday to Monday and the second wine festival on the following weekend, the fourth September weekend from Friday to Sunday. A highlight on both festivals is the firework display on both Saturdays. Even though the fireworks under the motto "Lightning night on the middle Rhine river" don't belong to the events of "Rhine in flames" / "Rhine aflame", they still attract thousands of visitors every year. Both of the firework displays will be ignited on both Saturdays, each one at about 9:00 p.m. from the opposite side of the Rhine river banks near Filsen. During each of the approximately 10 to 15 minutes of continuous fire work spectacle, the narrow Rhine river valley gorge near Boppard turns into a lighted sea. Star explosion, lightning bombs and other exploding firework displays draw pretty, magical pictures in the nightly skies. The hills which border the Rhine river let the firework noise of the firecrackers and the rockets echo even louder. The firework cascades, which plunge into the Rhine river from the opposite side of Boppard, build the crowing end of the pyrotechnic show. This is how the "Lightning night on the middle Rhine river" is an enjoyment of the special kind for the eyes and the ears, which can only be experienced in few regions in Germany.") 0179 250 6757(Inside Germany)/+49 179 250 6757(Outside Germany)

October 3, 7, 8 & 9, Sun, Thu, Fri. & Sat. Albuquerque NM "International Balloon Fiesta 2004" Fireworks. 9p. ("Today, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is known worldwide as an event that emphasizes fun flying and camaraderie over serious competition. It’s ironic that the Fiesta got its start, in large measure, as an arena for that most serious of competitions, the World Championships.") 888-422-7277

October 8 - 9, Fri. & Sat. Southport ENGLAND "Musical Firework Championships." Southport Seafront. ("The competitors for this year's event are as follows... Dragon Dynasty Pyrotechnics, Slip End, Bedfordshire; Walk the Plank Pyrotechnics, Salford, Gtr Manchester; Allstar Fireworks, Middlesex Shellscape Pyrotechnics Ltd, Chesham, Buckinghamshire; Millenium Pyrotechnics, Salisbury, Wiltshire. They will be joined by the reigning champions back to back winners Spitfire Pyrotechnics Ltd from Coventry. Millenium, Walk the Plank and Spitfire will fire on Friday 8th October and the others will fire on Saturday 9th October. Specific order of firing on the nights will be drawn for nearer the time.") +44 (0) 1704 540011

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May 7, 2005 Sat. Bonn GERMANY "Rhine in Flames - Nights of Bengal Fire" Fireworks. Rhine river - between Linz and Bonn, 9:40p. ("On one of the most beautiful current segments of the romantic Rhine river - between the "colorful town" Linz and the federal city Bonn - the Rhine river banks big illumination and firework displays "Rhine river in flames / Rhine river aflame at the seven mountains" takes place. For a festive season-opener the shore promenade and attractions of the on the Rhine river laid towns Linz, Erpel, Remagen, Unkel, Rheinbreitbach, Bad Honnef, Konigswinter and Bonn are lit in the red fluorescent glow of 2000 "Bengal Fire" lights. The red fluorescent Bengal Fire lights the way downstream for a fleet of more than 60 decorated and illuminated ships along a 26 km stretch - the longest stretch of any Rhine in Flames spectacle. Special highlights of this event will be the fireworks in Linz, Remagen, Bad Honnef, on the opposite of Konigswinter and the big finale of the firework in the Bonn Rhine river floodplain (former horticultural show terrain). Every town and village along the route celebrates the weekend with festivals and events. You're invited to join the music, dance, and Rhineland festivities.") 0179 250 6757(Inside Germany)/+49 179 250 6757(Outside Germany)

July 2, 2005 Sat. Rudesheim GERMANY "Rhine in Flames - A Night of Fireworks Magic" Fireworks. Rudesheim, Bingen and Assmannshausen, 10p. ("The towns around the Bingen "Loch" celebrate A night of fireworks magic. Join the festivities as Bingen, Trechtingshausen, Rudesheim and Assmannshausen bathe their castles, churches and the beloved Mduseturm (mouse tower) in an illuminating "Bengal Fire." High above Rudesheim the magnificent Niederwald monument, will also radiate. Between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. a fleet of more than 50 illuminated ships will parade past Rudesheim, Bingen and Assmannshausen. At 10p.m. The first spectacular fireworks display will light up the sky in Trechtingshausen beneath the castle Reichenstein The fireworks will then glide past castle Rheinstein across from Assmannshausen. From the ruins of castle Ehrenfels and castle Klopp in Bingen, the colorful lightnings and the cascading light shoot out as a magical spectacle. Taking place at approximately 11:30 p.m., the grand finale over Rudesheim is a spectacular display of fireworks that will take your breath away and enthuse everyone once more.") 0179 250 6757(Inside Germany)/+49 179 250 6757(Outside Germany)

Every August 1. Tondabayashi-city, Osaka JAPAN "Perfect Liberty religious order Fireworks Arts" Fireworks. The New PL Religion Hall. 19:00. (Claims: "120,000 fireworks! The most biggest scale display in the world.") 0187-26-2600

Every August 2 & 3. Nagaoka city JAPAN "Nagaoka Fireworks Display". Sinano River. (Features 2 Sanjakudama(36inch shells) and 2 Nishakudama(24inch shells) per show per night! TravelChannel.com says "Part of the Nagaoka summer festival, this pyrotechnic spectacle includes two days of fireworks displays with two shows per day. And the blasts are as big as they come. Sanjakudama, a flowering spark, soars to a staggering 650-meter height and 600-meter diameter, completely filling the night sky. Combine that with the Vesubio starmine often likened to a volcano eruption and Niagara Falls effects for a Japanese wonder with international flavor.") (+81) 424-81-7184

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<a href="http://fireworksguide.com">Fireworks Displays and Shows Worldwide Events Guide</a>
"First Night 2005" Cities Worldwide: New Year's Eve 2005 Celebrations.
Montreal CANADA International Fireworks Competition: Website for the Great Montreal shows.
Quebec City Competition: International Competition near Quebec City.
Japan-Fireworks.com: Japan Fireworks Displays Calendar. More Info.
Providence RI WaterFire "Singing Bonfires": Good Website for these Excellent Events schedule.
NY Institute of Photography: Fireworks Photos tips from NYIP. Good website for photo info.
Smithsonian: Fireworks Photos and Tips from Smithsonian Photographers
The Grucci Company: The First Family of Fireworks (Excellent. Check out the Show Prices. Job Opportunities.)
Atlas Advanced Pyrotechnics: Worth a Look
La Crosse Skyrockers: We need more Display Groups like this.
Pyrotechnics Guild International: Good Web Site with Membership Information
W.P.A.: Western Pyrotechnic Association which puts together the "Western Winter Blast" every year in February.
W.N.Y.P.A.: Western New York Pyrotechnic Association
National Fireworks Association: Fireworks Rights Group. Holds NFA Expo in September.
American Pyrotechnics Association: Pyro Trade Association with State Laws Directory.
Journal of Pyrotechnics, Inc.: The Journal is "dedicated to the advancement of pyrotechnics through the sharing of information."
National Council on Fireworks Safety: Non-profit Pyro Safety Organization.
Dave's Fireworks Page: Nova Scotian Pyrotechnician's Personal Page
Larry Crump's Fireworks Pages: Texan Fireworks Pro's Personal Site
Bob Weaver's Fireworks Site: Fireworks Tester, Dealer, Industry Insider and Staunch Rights Defender
Dimock's Pyro Page: Oldie but goodie, 300+ Pyrotechnics Links
Pyro-Artist Szabs Elemir's Links Page: Many Excellent Pyro Links at this Hungarian's Site
Swiss based Site: Lots of events info and great photos
NOVA s Kabooom! Site: Features: "Anatomy of a Firework", "Pyrotechnics" and "Demolition Woman"
Massachusetts Events Site: Pick Month or All Months from list then use your browser's Find function to search for fireworks events.
West Virginia Events & Fesitvals: Pick Month from list then use your browser's Find function to search for fireworks events.
Pennsylvania Fireworks Events: A keyword search result for fireworks of State's tourism site events listings.
California Events Calendar: Pick Months from list then use your browser s Find function to search for fireworks events.
Maine Events: Use your browser s Find function to search for fireworks in this list of State's events. Good links.
Texas Fireworks Events: A keyword search result for fireworks of State's tourism site events listings. Many 4th of July Events.
Kansas Fireworks Events: Many 4th of July Events.
Connecticut Events: Use your browser s Find function to search for fireworks in this list of State's events.
Iowa Fireworks Events: Keyword search for fireworks in State's tourism site events listings. Many 4th of July Events.
Earth: Live Satellite View of North America (Definitely Worth A Look!)
World Travel Guide.Net: International Travel Info (Excellent Site!)
Yahoo! Maps : Maps, Driving Directions, and Times
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