Largest fireworks ever planned for the Harbor Bridge

The New Year countdown will feature swirling fireworks before the Harbor Bridge is lit up with bursting fireworks.

The show’s creative director and seventh-generation pyrotechnician, Fortunato Foti, said he’s particularly excited for this year’s show after viewership has declined over the past two years.

“Hopefully this year everyone will go away thinking it was the best thing ever, that’s our goal,” he said.

“We’re looking forward to this year because there were no crowds in 2020 in particular, which in itself was strange, last year there were limited crowds.”

He said this year’s show will feature fireworks with effects known as umbrella shells, star shells, the well-known waterfall effect and new effects called falling leaves and ghost shells.

“The way ghost grenades work is normal fireworks go off, they explode, you see the color go out – ghost grenades have the colors go out and come back on – they’re quite a unique firework,” Foti said.

“The falling leaf is just a very soft, willow-like falling effect in different colors.”


Tickets are available for most parks in the city of Sydney and there is a waiting list, but some tickets will be released to those on the waiting list on Friday and Saturday.

There is no ticket for Bicentennial Park in Glebe and Beare Park in Elizabeth Bay, while Woollahra Council will open some harborside parks to the east. North Sydney Council has been selling tickets to enter its harborside parks for a small fee, but most of these have now sold out. Largest fireworks ever planned for the Harbor Bridge

Callan Tansill

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