Animal Crossing New Horizons Fireworks Show
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Originally arriving as part of July 2020's 1.4.0 update, the fireworks shows from previous entries returned in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. On Sunday evenings throughout August, you'll be able to enjoy a bright display in the night sky above your island, whichever hemisphere you reside in.

We've collected all the information on the event below. Obviously, there are itsy-bitsy spoilers ahead. The event isn't difficult to work out on your own and we recommend waiting for the days and enjoying it totally fresh. If you're unsure how to get your own custom fireworks in the show, or don't care about 'spoilers', read on!

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Fireworks Show Guide

When is the fireworks show?

There are multiple shows! Every Sunday evening throughout the month of August there will be a fireworks display. This applies to both Northern and Southern hemispheres.

There will be five fireworks shows in 2022. Here are the dates:

  • Sunday 7th August 2022
  • Sunday 14th August 2022
  • Sunday 21st August 2022
  • Sunday 28th August 2022

The show starts at 7pm in the evening and finish at midnight, and although your main plaza is buzzing with activity, the fireworks can be viewed in the night sky anywhere around your island. Use the right stick to get the best view of the sky.

What happens during the fireworks show?

Besides fireworks, you mean? Well, animal residents congregate on the main plaza to enjoy the show - speak to them and they may give you a little present like a sparkler to celebrate.

Speak to Isabelle during the fireworks show and she'll give you a new special item every Sunday:

Animal Crossing New Horizons Isabelle Bulb Bopper
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There's also a raffle to take part in for more prizes (see below for more details) and you can submit custom designs to Isabelle which will appear randomly alongside the standard fireworks for the duration of the show.

How do I make custom fireworks?

Animal Crossing New Horizons Isabelle Fireworks Show Main Plaza
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To make custom fireworks for the display, first you'll need a custom design prepared and ready to go.

Once you've got something appropriate, talk to Isabelle on the main plaza and tell her you've got a firework idea. She will add your design to the fireworks show lineup and you'll see it fired into the sky later in the evening.

You can give Isabelle up to ten different designs (or duplicate the same one ten times, as we have below - why mess with perfection, eh?). They will then be interspersed with the regular fireworks throughout the evening. You can still talk to Isabelle once the show has started and switch/add designs.

What is Redd's Raffle?

During the fireworks show (and only during the show itself) art dealer Redd runs a raffle with random prizes available to help you get in the spirit of things. These fun items--several of which are one-time-use consumables--are exclusively available from Redd, and only during the fireworks shows.

To take part in this raffle, approach the raffle box (not Redd himself) and press 'A'. Every turn costs 500 Bells and you can a selection of fun and festive items.

It is entirely possible to win multiple items of the same type, so just keep entering the raffle if you'd like to stock up for the rest of the year with spares.

What can I win from Redd's Raffle?

Animal Crossing New Horizons Redd's Raffle Main Plaza
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Here's a complete list of the items you can win from Redd's Raffle. It appears he has a total of 12 items available to win, but we'll update this list if any others come to light:

Item number Redd Raffle prize
1 Red Sparkler
2 Blue Sparkler
3 Fountain Firework
4 Bubble Blower
5 Uchiwa Fan
6 Pinwheel
7 Tweeter
8 Blue Balloon
9 Red Balloon
10 Yellow Balloon
11 Green Balloon
12 Pink Balloon

How should I prepare for the fireworks show?

If you want to personalise the fireworks display, it's probably a good idea to have your custom designs ready for the show. You'll also want to have money in your pocket for Redd's Raffle.

Otherwise, just sit back and enjoy the show!

Hang on, where's K.K. when the fireworks are on?!

On the weekend of the August Bug-Off (in the Northern Hemisphere), travelling musician K.K. Slider's concert gets bumped not to Sunday (as usual), but to the following Monday instead. So, you won't miss a chance to pocket one of the hound dog's discs for your K.K. record collection.

Animal Crossing New Horizons Island Fireworks
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Feel free to share your custom firework pics in the comments below.

This article is part of our Animal Crossing: New Horizons walkthrough, which includes a Complete Fish List, Complete Bug List and Complete Sea Creatures List. If you're looking for specific fish or bugs, we can tell you how to catch the elusive Coelacanth, Mahi-Mahi, Giant Trevally, Stringfish, Golden Trout and all the Sharks and Beetles, along with a full list of critters leaving at the end of the month (unless you visit Kapp'n's Boat Tour islands, of course!).

We can also help with How to Spot Redd's Fake Paintings and Statues, How to Make Bells Fast, How to Breed Flowers, How to Get more DIY Recipes, How to Upgrade Nook's Cranny, where and when to find special characters like Gulliver, Sable, Label, Wisp, Celeste, Pirate Gulliver and Jack, plus tips on using the Star Wand, Tool Ring, Rock Trick, Cutting Down and Moving Trees, using amiibo on Harv's Island, How to Back Up Your Island Data, How to Time Travel, How to Get a 5-Star Island Rating and a whole lot more.

If it's new content you're looking for help with, we can help you find gyroids, unlock Brewster's café, use the new Pro Camera App for selfies, enact new ordinances, get the beloved Froggy Chair, and even learn How to Cook.

And finally, Where to Buy Animal Crossing: New Horizons on Nintendo Switch, if for some reason you haven't yet picked up the game, and How To Buy The Happy Home Paradise DLC, too!