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International teams compete for top spot

Each year, teams from various countries gather in the famous beach resort of Scheveningen to show off their pyrotechnical prowess. The International Fireworks Festival runs for four nights across two weeks, with two countries putting on their own show each Friday and Saturday – it’s a head-to-head competition where the prize is the roaring “oohs” and “ahhs” from the crowd (and the chance to compete next year).

Eight countries (the Netherlands, Austria, United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Belgium, China and Spain) are taking part in this year’s event, while the winner of last year’s contest will close the festival with its display on 18 August. The winner of the 39th edition of the largest free fireworks festival in Europe will be announced shortly after the last show.

2018 Fireworks Festival programme

The fireworks – set off from a pontoon hundreds of metres out in the sea – are visible from Scheveningen’s boulevard, restaurants and beach. With free entry and the expected number of visitors reaching the hundreds of thousands, the event is so popular that firework fans should grab their spot well before the evening kicks off.

While waiting for the main event, visitors can stroll the boulevard and admire the magic of firebreathers, watch talented dance groups, or listen to a live brass band filling the sea air with music. In the event of heavy wind or rain, the fireworks will be cancelled for the evening − but there’s still plenty to do in Scheveningen, come rain or shine.

bron vermelding / fotograaf: Arjan de Jager

Make the most of Scheveningen

While visiting the resort, you can also check out a number of other events taking place in celebration of 200 Years of Scheveningen. The amazing creations from the World Championship Sand Sculpting are on display in the city centre until 19 August, while the Historic Festival Scheveningen goes back in time to show the history of the oldest shopping street in Scheveningen.

Just 15 minutes from The Hague’s city centre and flush with public transportation, Scheveningen is easily accessible. Visitors can experience the best of both worlds for an unforgettable holiday: combine an urban exploration of one of the Netherlands’ most important cities and a relaxing day lounging at the seaside. It’s a family-friendly area, too, with plenty to do for kids, including SEA LIFE Scheveningen and the Museon interactive museum. But if you’ve only got one day, ensure you see some of the best things The Hague has to offer.

Take a look at the full programme of events.