A night at the fireworks may be fun for kids, but really, every age gets a thrill from looking up into the sky and "ooh-ing" and "aah-ing" at their colours, pops and whistles. When it is all over, the audience often breaks out into spontaneous applause, as each person has enjoyed every moment of the show and spectacular - whatever their age.
Around Canberra, there are 10 opportunities each year to watch a night of fireworks with the local community. Usually, these firework nights go hand-in-hand with food trucks, glow sticks and fairy floss - so don't be surprised if you find yourself sitting there with a dagwood dog in one hand and a twirling light stick in the other - it's all part of the fun!
* Details correct as of August 2018 - check each event website for current details and times.
Australia Day fireworks in the middle of Lake Burley Griffin. Image: ACT Events Facebook
Each Australia Day there is a fireworks display held over Lake Burley Griffin to literally finish off the day with a bang! Each year there is a concert at Regatta Point and then the fireworks start at 9pm, which rains colour and light over the entire Lake Burley Griffin. Some of the most popular places to view the fireworks are from Regatta Point, Patrick White Lawns and Rond Terrace. Australia Day is a huge celebration in the capital city, with the firework spectacular a fitting end to a proud day. See here for details each year.
2/ January - Australia Day in Queanbeyan
Each Australia Day in Queanbeyan, locals and visitors can enjoy a firework spectacular at Queanbeyan Park, starting at 9pm. The lead-up to the fireworks includes a Citizenship Ceremony, awards, live music, family entertainment and rides. See here for details each year.
Australia Day at Queanbeyan Park. Image: Queanbeyan-Palerang Facebook
Googfest is a family friendly music festival at Googong in NSW, located 25 minutes from Canberra city. This new estate puts on the party at this annual event, with live music, food stalls and a fireworks finale over Rockley Oval. Get your friends together, have a dance and then sit back and enjoy the firework show! See here for details each year.
4/ February - The ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show
The ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show is a much-anticipated event each year, held in the grounds of the EPIC (Exhibition Park in Canberra). This family friendly event has a side show alley, amusement rides, wood chopping events, animal exhibitions, markets, food and more. On the Friday and Saturday evenings they also hold a fireworks show in the main ring, which starts after 9pm and lights up the sky all around the region. See here for details each year.
Family fun and fireworks at the ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show. Image: Original photos from the Royal Canberra Show Facebook
Skyfire is a annual fireworks show that is held over Lake Burley Griffin each year, presented by local radio station HIT104.7. It began in 1989 as their contribution to the Canberra Festival that year, and it was so popular that it has become an annual celebration ever since. The firework spectacular over Lake Burley Griffin is matched with a music soundtrack, which can be heard on the radio station as the fireworks shoot off into the night sky. Each year there is also entertainment, bands and family entertainment around Regatta Point and the lakeside. See here for details each year.
6/ September - Wamboin Bonfire and Fireworks Night
This fundraising community event is held at the Wamboin Community Centre each September, with a wide range of food stalls, local community groups, a huge bonfire and fireworks later in the night. This annual event is a main fundraiser for the local community, with a small fee to get in. Wamboin is just a 25 minute drive from Canberra city, over the border into NSW. See here for details each year.
7/ September - Gunning Fireworks Festival
The village of Gunning is also located over the border into NSW, almost an hour north of the city centre. Each year, locals of Canberra make the drive up to Gunning to take part in their annual fireworks spectacular - where the fireworks are the main event. There is an entry fee to get in, then visitors can enjoy the pre-fireworks show, food, entertainment, amusement rides, and family activities, before the one hour pyrotechnics show begins just after 8pm. See here for details each year.
Watch one hour of pyrotechnics at Gunning Firework Festival. Image: Gunning Firework Festival Facebook
If you love getting dressed up for Halloween, then you will enjoy the Boo-gong event in Googong every October for their ghoulish Halloween celebration at Beltana Park. This family-friendly event has live music, roaming entertainers, spooky areas for the kids to explore and a 10 minute fireworks finale at 9pm. See here for details each year.
9/ November - The ActewAGL Queanbeyan Show
The ActewAGL Queanbeyan Show is held at the Queanbeyan Showgrounds each year and is a celebrated event for the entire region. This event brings the country to the city, with animal judging, wood chopping, baking competitions, equestrian events and amusement rides. The show is held over a whole weekend, with fireworks the main attraction on the Saturday night. Queanbeyan is just 20 minutes from Canberra's city centre - it is worth the short drive for this family-friendly, fireworks event! See here for details each year.
Fireworks finale at Boogong! Image: Googong Township Facebook
Each New Years Eve in Canberra, there are two events for locals and visitors to enjoy in the city centre, with fireworks at 9pm and midnight. Firstly, there is a family friendly concert which is held in Civic Square, before a fireworks show over the concert at 9pm. This event has the fireworks shooting off from City Hill, so the best place to view them is from the Civic Square itself. After 9pm, the party-goers then move on to Garema Place for Bass in the Place - which is a dance party with some of the country's hottest DJs at the turntables, revving up the crowd before midnight. The midnight fireworks ring in the new year, with thousands of people celebrating all around the city. See here for details each year.
Which fireworks party will you be going to this year? Why not go to them all!
New Years Eve Fireworks at 9pm and midnight, from City Hill. Image: Original photos from ACT Events Facebook