Jul 5, 2023

Danang Vietnam 2023 - Fireworks

Danang has changed a bit from our time in the 60's and 70's. We had very nice fireworks then, but better today. Safety is much improved!

The Da Nang International Fireworks Festival

The event attracted 8 fireworks teams participating in the competition: England, Italy, Poland, France, Australia, Canada, Finland, and the home team Vietnam.

With the meaningful themeThe world without distance each artillery team will have 20 minutes to give the audience spectacular performances.

Fireworks nights will be organized under the themes of each night: Love Without Distance, Peace for the World, Equality for Humanity, Unlimited Creativity, and Sustainable Tourism Development.

The final night will take place on the evening of July 8, 2023.

Photos below from Tet 2021.  



Photos from Danang, Vietnam, Tet New Year Celebration. A little different today then back in our day.

Danang is Fireworks Festival city. Lunar New Year’s Eve Fireworks is a great celebration.

Which is the way I remember it. We watched the Tet Celebration for 1970 from the top of Hill 327 looking over DaNang and south to Chu Lai.  You could see many tracer rounds fired up from positions up and down the coast, with multiple explosions. 
Very impressive. 

We got up on the roof of our building on top of 327 to view it. Likely not the smartest move. The rounds were going up, mostly, although whatever goes up must come down. And it was always possible that someone might aim at the perimeter lights of the Hill. Oh, well, big sky, little bullet. 

I don't have any photos of our this - my camera was too primitive. It was spectacular, with tracer rounds visible up and down the coast, from Hai Van pass south towards Chu Lai. They just don't make fireworks celebrations like they did back in the good old days.

This time-lapse photo shows a Douglas AC-47 "Spooky" at work on the outskirts of Saigon. The sheet of red raining down from the night sky represents only one of every five bullets fired from the gunship’s miniguns. (U.S. Air Force)

The Fireworks in Danang, Vietnam are much nicer and better than the ones during the Vietnam War.

Peace on Earth, Good Will Towards Men (and Women)


Fireworks  Hill 327 XMAS Eve 1969

Twas the Night Before Christmas,
When all through the House
The Creatures were stirring
and shooting up the place

On Christmas Eve 1969 I arrived in Vietnam. It was gently raining. A very large hill loomed inland over the Danang airport swathed in bright perimeter lights like a halo in the mist. It was impressive and beautiful and frightening. There was a great deal of firing and flares from the hill and some of the guys thought we were under attack. 

Source of Photos:  https://vspa.com/dn-poss-k9-posts-1965.htm

We ran into a large building, one Marine shouted, "They're really getting hit up there. Take cover!"

I moved to the Hill - Hill 327 to MASS-3 a month later and found out that there had been no attack. It was simply a "lighting it up" impromptu firex to celebrate Christmas. Of course no one would openly admit that. You could fire at noises or sounds, so the troops were firing on Christmas eve at numerous noises and sounds.

Nice and impressive fireworks.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

Photos source: 1970 Vietnam


Danang International Fireworks Competition from Rob Whitworth on Vimeo.

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