What’s better than one fireworks show? The answer may be a fireworks competition featuring four separate, spectacularly choreographed shows all in one night.

On Saturday, Sept. 26, Coney Island hosts its fourth annual Fire Up The Night event and you don’t want to miss it.

Three teams from around the world each have 30 minutes to impress the crowd and the judges to prove that their country has the best fireworks show. Following the competitors’ displays is a breathtaking fireworks finale put on by Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks. 

“It is the best fireworks you’ll see,” says Mary Schumacher, vice president of sales and marketing at Coney Island. “It has nothing to do with half-hour fireworks. This is all about precision, telling a story and how fireworks come off precisely with music. It is incredible to watch. It is beautiful and very artistic.”

This year’s countries invited to compete at the annual Fire Up The Night event are Australia, England and Brazil. The audience and five-judge panel will score each country based on presentation, structure and scale, colors, originality and music synchronization. 

“We collaborate on who we should invite and everyone always wants to come back,” says Schumacher. “It has a good reputation in the firework community. We have no trouble getting teams. The first one went so well that teams are pretty much requesting to come.”

The gates open at 4 p.m. and there is plenty to keep guests occupied until the fireworks shows begin over Lake Como at 8:30 p.m. 

There will be live music performances from 5-8 p.m. and Coney Island’s Classic Rides will be up and running, ready to entertain the kids. Food and beverage options will be set up around the park, and beer and wine tastings will be available to those of age. 

Each year Coney Island tries to serve food from the competing countries and show their cultures during the event. 

“Last year we had a big Asian influence, so when Japan came that community stepped up,” says Schumacher. “They had some of their choirs come and sing and serve their teas.”

One of the major improvements the park has made to the event from previous years is the quality of sound. 

“The first year we did it we did the music wireless and it was OK, but there was interference with cell phones,” says Schumacher. “We actually hardwire the park now and it sounds like you’re in an orchestra pit.” 

Make sure to bring a carload of family or friends to Fire Up The Night as it is $30 per average-sized vehicle. That fee includes parking, rides and event admission. 

“You don’t want to miss this event,” says Schumacher. “To hear each country’s music is so different. Each brings their county to the table when they do this. It’s a real educational and awesome thing to watch. Something very different.”