Downtown Denver was alive with activity as the city rang in 2014. Posh fetes, face painting, and live DJs lined the the 16th Street Mall in Downtown Denver and all eyes were fixed on the Eve’s main attraction, the New Year’s Eve fireworks shows that lit up the night sky.
Presented by the Downtown Denver Partnership and Co-sponsored by VISIT DENVER and the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District, the 12th annual New Year’s Eve Fireworks shows filled the 16th Street Mall with a record breaking crowd of more than 210,000 spectators during the 9:00 p.m. and Midnight shows. DJs up and down 16th Street Mall began spinning tunes at 8:00 p.m. and kept the festive atmosphere going through the Midnight fireworks show. Two identical shows each with a total of well over 3,300 ‘sky hits’ per show performed in synchronization with an eight-minute musical score played by multiple DJs along the Mall, which included nine musical selections. A recorded greeting by Mayor Hancock led the final countdown to kick off both shows.
“The New Year’s Eve fireworks is a part of our culture and brings the community together to celebrate our accomplishments of 2013 and our dreams, hopes and goals for 2014,” said Tami Door, CEO and President of the Downtown Denver Partnership. “It is also a very important economic driver, bringing in revenue to restaurants, retail establishments and hotels. We have many first time visitors to our center city and this celebration is an amazing platform to showcase all that we have to offer Downtown.”
The two identical eight-minute fireworks shows at 9:00 p.m. and midnight were created and managed by Western Enterprises and launched simultaneously from two undisclosed sites Downtown. Approximately every eight seconds during each show, colors, special effects, and visual looks change, totaling 61 visual, graphic, and sensory changes. Each show housed 450 hand-made, specialty crafted firing props; 1,800 hand-made, specialty crafted firing props in all. Each show contained special effects including lightning salutes, crackling mine fountains, comets, breaking aerials, color-changing aerials, mine fire fountains, crossette color stars, fans, plumes, star-like strobes, glittering silver and gold, and, of course, the grand finale with over 125 thunderous salutes and Broncos inspired orange and blue fireworks.