For travel junkies who love watching fireworks, did you know you could combine the two? In cities around the world, international fireworks competitions are held, showcasing the talent of professional pyrotechnics teams. Today, we’re sharing the top four fireworks competitions around the world, where it’s held, when to go and what to expect.

1. Montreal International Fireworks Festival

  • When: Usually from July to August

Trip Savvy dubbed this fireworks competition “the largest competition of its kind in the world”. It’s held right on the Jacques-Cartier Bridge and at 10 p.m., prepare for a 30-minute spectacular you won’t forget. This year’s fireworks competition celebrated Montreal’s 375th anniversary and each night featured a country, something uncommon compared to past years.


2. International Fireworks Competition

  • When: In May and September

On five different nights in Hanover, teams from around the world compete by presenting a 25-minute fireworks display that includes a four-minute compulsory section. The shows are designed around the beautiful Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen, which was named the “Best Historic Garden in Europe.” At these competitions, you’ll find live music, cabaret, dance and drama!


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3. The Philippine International Pyromusical Competition

  • When: February to March

This competition is also known as the World Pyro Olympics. Set in the scenic Manila Bay, watch fireworks professionals put on a show of bright colors, bursts and artistry. The shows are performed at the front of the SM Mall of Asia, the 11th largest shopping mall in the world.


4. Da Nang International Fireworks Festival

  • When: April to June

Staying in the southeast region of Asia, head over to Da Nang, Vietnam for their international fireworks festival. For five nights, see 11 different fireworks displays and many additional events to accompany the festival. The displays are judged by concept design, emotional impact, music, variety of colors and much more.


Going to any one of these fireworks competitions would be an once-in-a-lifetime experience. Maybe it gave you some inspiration for travel plans for the future!

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