38 editon Fireworks Festival Scheveningen is a spectacular event with two fireworks shows per night. Different countries compete in the summer for the Fireworks Trophy Scheveningen. The first fireworks are shot at 21.45 hours every evening. The second fireworks will then enter the sky around 22.30. The show can be seen from the entire boulevard and the beach. Around the Fireworks Festival there are all kinds of free activities and performances at de Pier, the boulevard and the Kurhaus square in Scheveningen. In 2017, the Fireworks Festival will take place on 11, 12, 18 and 19 August.
The location of the fireworks is from a floating pontoon which is approximately 275 metres from the Pier and 275 metres from the beach, at the Kurhaus hotel. The platform is brought to its position by two tugs from the Schevenings Harbour half hour before the start. The tugboats with pontoon can reach wind power 6. In case of strong wind there is a possibility that the fireworks will be canceled at the expense of the Province of South -Holland. Check the website of the Fireworks Festival Scheveningen if the event continues.
Like every year, several countries join the International Fireworks Festival Scheveningen. Every night, two different countries gibe a fireworks show of about 15 minutes. The dates and times of the Fireworks Festival Scheveningen 2017 are:
- Friday, August 11, 21.45 pm – The Netherlands
- Friday, August 11, 22.30 pm – Poland
- Saturday, August 12, 21.45 pm – China
- Saturday, August 12, 22.30 pm – France
- Friday, August 18, 21.45 – Japan
- Friday, August 18, 22.30 – Belgium
- Saturday, August 19, 21.45 – Portugal
- Saturday, August 19, 22.30 – Spain (winner 2016)
An independent jury has been reviewing the various fiteworks at the festival for many years. The jury notes that the fireworks consist of at least 80 percent of exponents from the same country concerned, that each country team uses the same budget, that the fireworks are shot up to 2000 units and that the length of each fireworks show is between 10 and 13 minutes. Furthermore, judges consider the following criteria: diversity in color and shape, orginality, structure and sequence of the pieces. The final show will be announced via the loudspeakers on the promenade after the second show on the last day of the event, around 23.30.
In addition to the spectacular fireworks shows, this year’s entertainment is again on stage with musical performances, acts, dance groups and live performances of the crazy Pianos. The entertainment program starts at 21.00 and takes until 23.30 and takes place across the entire boulevard
Scheveningen has an extensive tradition when it comes to fireworks. In 1907 the first fireworks were reported. From 1947, fireworks were shot on every thursday for many years. It used to be different than now: ‘ mechanical fireworks’ were fired from the poles on the beach. The ‘bombs’ were shot from the beach as well. Nowadays, that is no longer possible. After a period of firing from the Scheveningse Pier, a floating pontoon has been used on recent years to fire the fireworks. This platform is towed to Scheveningen from Rottetdam’s port in advance.
The International Fireworks Festival Scheveningen is best reached by public transportation because of the hustle and bustle. From the train station Holland Spoor and the Hague Central you can use tram 1, 9, 11 and bus 22 of the HTM, which you can take to the beach within 15 minutes. By trams 1 and 9 and bus 22 you get off at the Kurhausplein stop. Coming from trainstation HS with tram 11, you can drive through to the end of which you walk up the boulevard to walk towards the Pier. From the trainstations Rijswijk, Voorburg and Laan van NOI you can also take the bus line 23 drives to Scheveningen Bad. Additional trams and buses will be used during the International Fireworks Festival Scheveningen. If you want to return later, take the HTM night bus. Look for more info at (click on here) the website International Fireworks Festival Scheveningen