London’s huge New Year’s Eve fireworks display won’t be happening this year.
I said when Winter Wonderland was cancelled that the likelihood of London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display continuing as normal was plummeting – and sadly, that assumption has been proven correct. Speaking on LBC this morning, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan confirmed that the huge end-of-year bash, traditionally screened across the UK to welcome in the new year, won’t be going ahead in 2020 – as the danger of widespread coronavirus transmission is simply too high.
The news, whilst always likely, is nonetheless a pretty devastating blow, as the iconic sight of the London Eye surrounded by fireworks is as integral to a NYE party as toasts at midnight, singing Auld Lang Syne, and making resolutions you’re never going to keep. Khan said that London “simply can’t afford to have the numbers of people who congregate” at the event, with hundreds of thousands of people packing the Victoria Embankment, riverside spots, and bridges for a glimpse of the show.
As the UK’s biggest fireworks show, running the display and simply asking people nicely not to come along was never a viable option, so the decision to cancel, whilst painful, had to be made. Khan has said that officials are working on plans for an at-home celebration – which we’ll keep you updated on – and added that if the rule of six was still in operation as 2020 draws to a close, there would be no large-scale celebrations happening in the capital for New Year’s Eve. The cancellation of the NYE fireworks is another sure sign that Christmas and New Year 2020 is going to be a wildly different kind of celebration, but it surely stiffens our resolve to bring them back (with a very literal bang) in 2021.
Get your fireworks kick by checking out photos of the display in previous years.
We’ll keep you updated on any further developments and alternative celebrations.
Also published on Medium.