Here on the West Coast we are one of the last to welcome 2014, so early this morning on New Years Eve, here in Orange County I went looking for the places that 2014 had already arrived. Enjoy the spectacular fireworks displays I found online, where the new year had already dawned. You can keep track of others that have come and those still to come, as we await our own fireworks displays here in California.
Samoa and "Christmas Island" were the first places to welcome the new year 2014, while the rest of the world slept. Samoa was once among the last to see the sun set, but due to a realignment of their calendar, when they wiped out Dec 31/11, they are now among the first to welcoming a new year. Christmas Island has always been among the first to welcome the new year.
New Zealand has always been the first major country in the world to welcome a new Year and this year they did so again with fireworks off the Auckland Sky Tower about 3 a.m. Pacific standard time. Other cities in New Zealand that have already welcomed 2014 with spectacular fireworks displays - Christchurch, Gisborne, and Queenstown
Sydney Australia has long ben the most famous place to welcome the new year, and at about 4 a.m. pacific standard time, they launched a series of 1000 fantastic shots over the harbor,from the four sails of the Sydney Opera House, watched by over 1 million residents and visitors who waited hours to see the spectacular display. Other major cities in Australia that welcomed 2014 with fireworks - Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne.
In Kuala Lumpar crowds gathered to see the fireworks from the Petronas Twin Towers at Dataran Merdeka and the JLCC Park. Beside the spectacular fireworks there was a food baazar and revellers posted their new years resolution on a 'resolution tree' with prizes going to the best ones.
Hong Kong welcomed 2014 as fireworks exploded above Victoria Harbor, showering it with sprays of red and white, just as midnight struck. The spectacular display was watched by people on both sides of the harbor, while some toured on the 100 pleasure boats in the harbor.
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