Rio gets hot, literally and figuratively speaking, from December till the end of summer, reaching its peak around New Year´s Eve and Carnival days. Rio Fireworks is amongst the largest fireworks in the world, lasting more than 15-minutes, when thousands of people gather on the sands of Copacabana beach to see to see the spectacle that light the sky.
Fireworks and Music Shows in Copacabana
Rio de Janeiro New Year´s Eve fireworks is a feast of peace. Each year on December 31, about 2 million people goes to the the beach and promenade of Copacabana.
The majority is dressed in white, to await the coming New Year, which is celebrated with a magnificient and unforgettable fireworks that takes place at midnight.
The city gets crowded with lots of travellers and tourists. Fine and sophisticated meals are prepared for the party and to offer hospitality to the visitors, travelers and tourists.
The locals take the streets to mingle with others, to watch the fireworks show and have fun.
When the fireworks is finesh it is time to go on with the celebration. Big gigs are hold on the sands of Copacabana beach. The party goes on through the night, and many people celebrate till the dawn.
Besides Copacabana, the Rio´s city hall already held events in other parts of the city, such as in Flamengo, Ipanema, Barra da Tijuca and downtown. Anyway the biggest one takes place in Copacabana beach.
The pictures you see above shows the typical Rio de Janeiro fireworks of the 1980´s and 2000´s. The picture on the left, show the fireworks when the rockets were fired from the sand. In the photo on the right, taken in the first decade of the 21th century, you see the firework having its rockets fired from barges near the beach, method used in recent years.
Preparations for the feast
For those who wants to attend the party, mainly for travellers and tourists, both from Brazil as for those coming from abroad, some preparations are necessary as flight bookings, hotel reservations and other arrangements in advance to get good prices. Do not leave it to the last minute, otherwise you run the risk of paying a fortune or not find anything available at all.
Getting to Copacabana to see the Fireworks
If you are staying in Copacabana or in other neighboorhoods of Rio, and you want to attend the party, you should know somethings to avoid complications.
The Rio Metro runs all night long during New Year´s Eve celebration and tickets areavailable for sale in advance. If you are staying in Copacabana, and decide to go to some farway neighboorhood during the day, remember to return before Metro get crowded to avoid the possibility of not founding more tickets to return.
The tunnels towards Copacabana district are closed to private cars from certain time till the night to avoid traffic jams. Only buses and taxys are allowed to run through the tunnels during the period of times when there are too much traffic of vehicles on the 31th of December. So if someone wants to come to the site by private car, one should also check in advance the closing time for private cars. So, you should come while cars are still allowed to run towards Copacabana and park the car in some street where it is allowed or in some car park or parking garage.
After all, it is not necessary to say that, if you are staying in Copacabana, and want to attend the New´s Year´s Eve fireworks, you better not to leave Copacabana on that special day. After all, why one should leave Copacabana on a special day if in the neighbourhood there are lost of attractions and thing to do even during the day?
The Origins of the New´s Year Eve Party and Fireworks
This New Year's party on Copacabana beach with fireworks, which became a tradition in the city, began in the 80's of the 20th century, encouraged by Darci Ribeiro who was vice governor of Rio de Janeiro State, where the City of Rio de Janeiro is located. The party was sponsored by several hotels to encourage tourism in the city.
Beyond the fantastic fireworks along the beach, It also became famous the cascades of fireworks from Copacabana Fort and from the Meridien Hotel, which was sold and now no longer provides its own show.
Until some time ago, the firework rockets were placed on the sands and next to the promenade. After the turn of 2000, the firework rockets began to be placed on barges on the sea waters for security reasons.
In bygone days, before the 80s of the 20th century, there was not fireworks on the beach, but some supporters and devotees of Yemanja, also know as the "Queen of The Sea", which is a religious simbol of the Afro-Rio de Janeiro culture usually attended to the beach dressed in white to throw flowers into the sea, as a kind of gift to Yeamanjá. According to the Yemanjá followers beliefs, if they through flowers to her, their wishes can be achieved in the coming year.