Midnight fireworks on New Year's Eve mark the end of one year and the beginning of another, the flares farewell the past and welcome the future.
Last year New Year's Eve was not unlike any other night of the year for me. I celebrated by falling asleep on the couch watching The Smurfs movie. I was awoken by dreams of being in a warzone and discovered the cause of my nightmares to be the distant sound of celebratory fireworks.
It is said that how you spend New Year's Eve is indicative of the year ahead and so I resolved that the following year I would be apart of the action, see the fireworks and perhaps socialise with people rather than Smurves.
There really is no excuse for a movie night on New Year's Eve as there are plenty of events happening in and around Adelaide. Best of all, a lot of them are free. Below are some of the best free events with the greatest show of fireworks that are occurring on Monday December 31, 2012.
1/ Elder Park, Adelaide Elder Park is the place to be on New Year's Eve. From 7pm to 1am you can party to the sounds of The Transatlantics, Hurricanes, The Bearded Gypsy Band, ShortStax, The Bakers Digest, The Hushes and DJ Tr!p. The night sky will be ignited with two spectacular displays of fireworks at 9pm and midnight. There will be an array of food and beverages to purchase from the licensed beer garden.
2/ Jetty Road, Glenelg Enjoy a sea breeze and the sand between your toes as you make your New Year's resolutions at Glenelg. Join thousands of revellers for what is promised to be the best year yet with family friendly entertainment and a dazzling fireworks display.
3/ Semaphore Foreshore, Semaphore The month and a half long Semaphore Summer Carnival will be in full swing by New Year's Eve. From 11am onwards enjoy a festive atmosphere with amusement rides, games and activities for the whole family including a midnight fireworks demonstration.
4/ Warland Reserve, Victor Harbor If you are looking for an idyllic location to spend your New Year's Eve then Victor Harbor is the place to go. There will be plenty to do in the seaside town with local bands, fun activities and, of course, an impressive fireworks display.
5/ Doctors Beach, Streaky Bay Streaky Bay loves New Year's Eve so much that the event is funded by donations from the local community and businesses. New Year's Eve at Doctors Beach makes a great family event. There are activities for the kids, a sausage sizzle and an extravagant display of fireworks as soon as night has fallen and again at midnight to mark the New Year.
6/ Railway Terrace, Beachport Beachport is a small coastal town near Penola with the second longest jetty in South Australia. The town comes alive on New Year's Eve with live music, entertainment and fireworks over the foreshore at 9pm and midnight.
New Year's Eve celebrations are a time to ponder the year that was and welcome 2013 and all that it can be. Start your New Year with a bang at one of these events, or the many others, that will take place in South Australia. Happy New Year!
For me, Semaphore is the place to be. I find it isn't as jam packed as Glenelg and the other beaches, so parking the car and leaving afterwards is a lot easier. Should be a great night with a few drinks with family and friends.