SEATTLE – The annual New Years Eve Fireworks Show returns to the Space Needle for the first time in two years, but the usual Seattle Center crowds won’t be there.
The organizers detailed the plans for this year’s show earlier this week, announcing a mix of live pyrotechnics and augmented reality tailored for television. The Space Needle has partnered with Bellevue’s Lightspeed Design to create animations that will be overlaid on top of the real show and broadcast on KING 5 and digital streams.
“This year’s show will be a stunning and uniquely blended reality best seen on your screen,” said Karen Olson, Space Needle’s chief operating and marketing officer. “We put together a multidisciplinary team of artists and technologists to create a unique fireworks display with a tightly integrated combination of real and augmented images. The show will be magical and playful, full of imagery for our neighborhoods, artists, culture, music and – most importantly – our optimistic future. “
2021 marks the ninth year of T-Mobile New Years at the Needle, and the Seattle landmark will be illuminated in common magenta on December 30th and 31st.
While no celebrations are planned on the Seattle Center grounds, an official guard party is planned at nearby Queen Anne Beerhall. For those who live elsewhere, the fireworks with digital effects will be broadcast live on KING 5 and KONG and streamed on the KING website.