The residents have spoken: NYE fireworks are officially banned in Amsterdam

If you were hoping to bid goodbye to this year with a bang and a pop, it’s best not to be in Amsterdam for New Year’s Eve. Amsterdam city council has decided to ban consumer fireworks in the city for New Year’s celebrations.

The city’s party won’t stop though! We’re still bidding 2021 farewell with a bang as the municipality will swoop in with an alternative by organising professional fireworks shows in a number of places throughout the city. ๐ŸŽ†

And we all know a professional fireworks exhibit is far better than your brother’s drunken friend’s attempt.

How, what why?

After many questions surrounding the future of fireworks in the Netherlands, a recent sparkling amendment to the fireworks regulations through the General Local Regulation (APV) has been made. โœ

This means that Amsterdam’s municipality will move forward with banning fireworks in the city for New Year’s Eve where, according to RTL Nieuws, the majority of the city’s residents stood in favour of a ban due to the inconvenience attached to the NYE’s flares.

Flare enough

The decision and its amendments didn’t blow anyone away since the topic of a total fireworks ban versus a partial ban in major Dutch cities like Rotterdam or Amsterdam have been a topic of debate for the past year.

With many things that can go sideways when it comes to fireworks, Amsterdam’s municipality is “looking for a good balance between sufficient supply and manageability” according to reporting. ๐Ÿงฏ

While the situation of fireworks in the Netherlands was previously affected by the coronavirus pandemic, similarly, all municipality plans for this year’s firework shows are subject to the health measures which apply during New Year’s Eve. 

As for solo fireworks enthusiasts, the municipality also announced that it is possible to purchase fireworks at the outlets set up for the purpose. ๐ŸŽ‰

What do you think of the latest measures concerning the fireworks ban in Amsterdam? Let us know in the comments below!

Feature Image: Chansereypich Seng/Unsplash

Farah Al Mazouni ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡พ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Farah Al Mazouni ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡พ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Farah believes she's been on many adventures during her millennial life, each for a different (sometimes invisible) purpose. The latest adventure whisked her away to Amsterdam for love, and what a magical surprise she found in this city. Armed with imaginary confetti in her pocket, and ready to celebrate all wins, big and small, Farah says "ahla w sahla" or โ€œwelcomeโ€ to her latest adventure in this wonderland.



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Related posts

Latest posts

Dutch Quirk #44: Wear way, way, way too much orange

POV: you wake up on the morning of King's Day. You think you see an army of Oompa Loompas marching down the city streets....

Salaries in the Netherlands: the ultimate guide to Dutch wages

Thinking of taking a job in the Netherlands? Good for you, thatโ€™s a courageous move and I'm proud โ€” now letโ€™s get down to...

Forget camping in France: these destinations are increasingly popular when travelling from the NL this summer

The insurance company ANWB just surveyed nearly 2,000 Dutchies with a singular goal in mind: figure out their holiday plans. The result? A whopping nine out...

It's happening

Upcoming events

The latest Dutch news.
In your inbox.