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Last year, 2023, the Kumagaya fireworks were on as normal for the first time in four years. This year, 2024, is the 72nd anniversary of the popular annual Kumagaya Firework display.

Kumagaya Fireworks in 2024

The Kumagaya fireworks display started in 1948, making these one of the longest running annual fireworks in Saitama. They are held each year on the second Saturday of August each year. Moreover, it is not just a firework festival, but a prestigious firework competition too. The Kumagaya Fireworks are known for their starmines and last year the city challenged pyrotechnicians to come up with a wide starmine display. What surprise will they have in store for us this year? In addition, there are a large number of festival stalls at these fireworks, about 500 of them on average!

Due to the size of the event, quality of the fireworks and the convenient location, just 5 minutes from a train station, these fireworks attract thousands of spectators. Approximately 450,000 spectators on average, but last year it was about 420,000! The main viewing area is just a few minutes walk from Kumagaya Station, near the famous cherry blossoms, in the rugby fields of Arakawa Undo Park. They launch approximately 10,000 fireworks on the night. They have “message fireworks” that display birth, marriage and congratulatory messages.

Many fireworks are shot off by supporting citizens, stores and companies in Kumagaya while their names and PR messages are announced.

Please enjoy Japan in a variety of ways such as viewing the huge fireworks’s which are displayed in the night sky while wearing traditional Japanese summer wear (Yukata) or eating finger foods of Japanese cuisine.

Source: From the Kumagaya Tourist Bureau official English webpages.
Kumagaya Fireworks 2023

The fireworks are usually postponed until a later date if there is heavy rain. They have three ‘back up’ dates in 2024 – August 11th, 17th or 18th.

Information

Event: The 72nd annual Kumagaya Fireworks in 2024 第72回熊谷花火大会

Date: Saturday August 10th 2024. They will be postponed to either the 11th, 17th or 18th if there is bad weather on the 10th.

Time: from 7 pm to 9 pm

Cost: there is a free viewing area, but you can also reserve an area or a seat at a charge. Prices start from 6000 yen. Ticket information.

Venue: Arakawa Ōhashi Downstream Side Riverbed, 2 Chome-172 Kawaracho, Kumagaya, Saitama 360-0016. View on Google Maps.

Access

From the Kumagaya Station South gate. It only takes about 5 minutes on foot from the station. They do have parking, but you have to arrive in the afternoon as they shut off roads closer to launch time. It cost 2000 yen for one car in 2023. At the time of updating this post information for the parking is not yet available for 2024.

Official website.

Find more events in August here.

First published in 2017 and updated annually. Last republish June 14th 2022. Last update August 8th 2023. Last update July 6th 2024.

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