Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival 2017
Saturday, Jul 29 | 7:05 PM - 8:30 PM
This annual hanabi-taikai has roots dating back to 1732 when it was first held in remembrance of the those who had died of starvation in the plagues that afflicted Edo during that period. From its early days, it was a competition between two firework manufacturers—a traditional that exists to this day and the reason why the Sumidagawa Firework Festival has two locations from which the fireworks are launched. This is also the reason you may hear traditional shouts of “Kagiya” or “Tamaya”—these were the two major firework makers back then.
The Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival has been held every year since 1978 and is today one of the most famous firework events in the capital.
Held on the last Saturday in July, the event attracts about one million people each year. Some buy tickets to roof terrace events well in advance, others arrive early to get a spot where the view isn’t entirely blocked by buildings, and the rest queue in front of the bridges that cross the river waiting their turn to walk across and get a clear view of the fireworks (for just 5 minutes).
The fireworks start at 7pm and lasts for 90 minutes. The event will be cancelled in the case of bad weather (will not be postponed). The fireworks are launched from the two locations show on the map below.