Saigon celebrates unification day with firework show

By Duy Tran, Manh Tung   May 1, 2016 | 09:07 am GMT+7
The fifteen-minute firework display last night was welcomed by thousands of people.
Saigon celebrates unification day with firework show

9pm, over Saigon River Tunnel, the first sparks of the night shot to the sky to the cheering of thousands. 

Saigon celebrates unification day with firework show

The cool weather in Ho Chi Minh City was perfect for the show. 

Saigon celebrates unification day with firework show

There were four firework shows scattered across the city. High-level fireworks were shot from the Saigon River Tunnel. The show, organized by the city’s People’s Committee, was funded by the municipal budget. 

Saigon celebrates unification day with firework show

Along Ton Duc Thang, Nguyen Hue, Ham Nghi and Vo Van Kiet, tens of thousands of people gathered to celebrate 41 years of Vietnam’s unification. 

Saigon celebrates unification day with firework show

Van Nhu Tuyet (Thu Duc district) came with her children as early as 7pm. “We came early to get a good spot. This year’s firework display has been the best among recent ones,” said Tuyet. 

Saigon celebrates unification day with firework show

Following each shot, thousands gasped in awe.

Saigon celebrates unification day with firework show

The Thorens from New Zealand also joined the crowd to enjoy the firework display to celebrate Vietnam’s unification. “We’ve just arrived and stumbled upon this event so we joined in. Your firework display is beautiful; people are very friendly,” the couple said.

Saigon celebrates unification day with firework show

The streets were filled with people watching the fireworks.

Saigon celebrates unification day with firework show

Many expressed their regret after having to jostle for two to three hours just to find the best spot to witness a 15 minute show. 

Saigon celebrates unification day with firework show

From 7pm, vehicles were banned from the Saigon River Tunnel area, Ton Duc Thang, Nguyen Hue, Ham Nghi and Dong Khoi streets. Khanh Hoi bridge was blockaded to prevent people from gathering there to watch fireworks. 

 
 
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