At the stroke of midnight, revelers around the world welcomed the new year with a bang.
Breathtaking fireworks lit up the night skies from the Las Vegas strip to the United Arab Emirates. Fortunately for us, video captured the spectacular sights and sounds. Check out some of the most powerful displays below!
In Hong Kong, fireworks started blasting into the sky at the start of the 10-second countdown. (In the video above, fast-forward to the 4:30 mark.)
Dubai, United Arab Emirates:
In Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, fireworks shot out of the world’s tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa.
In London, Big Ben’s chimes helped usher in the new year, as did a stunning fireworks display surrounding the London Eye.
In Las Vegas, more than 80,000 fireworks were fired over a handful of casinos, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Rio de Janeiro:
In Rio de Janeiro, revelers played in Copacabana Beach’s waves as fireworks sparkled in the sky above.
In Madeira, Portugal, the archipelago put on a breathtaking eight-minute display. Madeira considers its fireworks show to be one of its most important tourist events of the year.
And in New York City, partygoers kissed 2016 goodbye as Times Square’s Waterford Crystal ball was lowered before them. The gathering dates back to 1904.