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There are fireworks showing what’s happening around the world to ring in 2020, and one of the best ones is one of the latter. San Francisco celebrates New Year’s Eve with a massive pyrotechnics display after most of the world is already asleep (or celebrating New Year’s Day). Fireworks are being launched from barges out to the bay, just south of the Ferry Building at Pier 14 and The Embarcadero.
The show lasts 15 minutes and is always in sync with music broadcast along the waterfront by large speakers set up by the city. Local station KRON4 is hosting the show on New Year’s Eve with anchors Grant Lode and Justin Waldman, embedded below. The fun begins with a distant report from Las Vegas at 8 p.m. PT, then returned to San Francisco just before midnight.
If you live in the San Francisco area, this year officials are asking residents not to watch fireworks from Treasure Island, which is a popular vantage point for annual pyrotechnics. In a statement, the Treasure Island Development Authority told KRON4 that ongoing construction has made areas and parking areas extremely restricted this year, so they are asking journalists to steer clear of Treasure Island as a whole.
New Year’s Eve marks the end of a calendar year in the Gregorian calendar, the calendar first introduced in 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII, for which it is named. Most countries celebrate the last day of the year with parties, social gatherings, celebrations, and / or fireworks. It goes by many names around the world, including Hogmanay in Scotland, Calennig in Wales, Baharu in Indonesia and Malaysia, Silvester in many European countries, Reveillon in France, Portugal, and Brazil, Kanod Novodgo Goda in Russia, and Omisoka in Japan .
Kiritimati, Tonga, and New Zealand are some of the first places to celebrate New Year’s Eve because they are located just west of the International Date Line, while US ‘Baker Island is one of the last places to celebrate because it is just east of the International Date Line. Interestingly, because of the way the International Date Line is jogged a bit, Kiritimati is actually east of Baker Island.
In the United States, New Year is traditionally celebrated at parties and “drops,” the most popular of which is the ball drop held in New York City’s Times Square. But there are dozens of other “drops” being held across the country, including a fall conch in Key West, Florida; a peach drop in Atlanta; an Indy car drop in Indianapolis; an acorn collapse in Raleigh, North Carolina; a fall in Mobile, Alabama; a fleur-de-lis drop in New Orleans, a “Glowtato” that collapsed in Boise, Idaho; and a drop of tortilla chip in Tempe, Arizona, which is tied to college football’s Tostitos Fiesta Bowl game.
New York also rings in the new year with “Midnight Run” around Central Park with a fireworks display. Other displays of fireworks around the country include performances at the Disney theme park, the Las Vegas strip, and the “Chi-Town Rising” event.
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