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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Fireworks Show Guide

While the first part of Animal Crossing: New Horizons‘ summer update added swimming and diving, the second part of the update brought with it a very different kind of summer activity: fireworks! Every Sunday in August, there will be a fireworks show on your island, hosted by Jolly Redd. You can exchange bells for raffle tickets in order to win festive items, and you can even use your own custom designs for fireworks. Below is everything you need to know about the fireworks shows.

For more on New Horizons’ second summer update, check out our guide to dream islands and dream addresses. If you’re still catching up on the first summer update, see our guide to how to swim and dive and our list of all the sea creatures you can now catch.

When And Where Are The Fireworks Shows?

The fireworks shows take place every Sunday in August at 7 PM your time–this applies to both Northern and Southern Hemisphere islands. They’re hosted in the plaza outside Resident Services by Jolly Redd, the one Animal Crossing character who’s sure to have a good fireworks hookup, as well as Isabelle. But while the plaza is the epicenter, you’ll be able to view the fireworks from any location on your island that has a good view of the sky.

In 2020, there are five Sundays in August. That means that there will be five fireworks shows throughout the month:

  • August 2
  • August 9
  • August 16
  • August 23
  • August 30

What Happens During A Fireworks Show?

The main event for the fireworks show is, of course, fireworks! Like with any good summer festival, your villagers will be hanging around the plaza and may even give you fireworks-related presents. Make sure to speak to Isabelle, too–she’ll give you a bopper headwear item. The possible boppers are:

  • Bulb bopper
  • Heart bopper
  • Flower bopper
  • Star bopper

You can even include some of your own custom designs as fireworks (details below). There’s also a raffle hosted by Redd; read on to see how Redd’s Raffle works and a list of all the prizes you can get.

How To Set Up Custom Fireworks

Ahead of the fireworks show, you’ll be able to add some of your own custom designs to the fireworks lineup. Simply speak to Isabelle and she’ll let you pick up to 10 slots for your own designs; you’ll see the designs you picked in the fireworks show.

Redd’s Raffle: How To Enter And Prizes

Jolly Redd, purveyor of fine and not-so-fine arts, hosts a raffle in your plaza during the fireworks show. Through the raffle, you can get a number of exclusive items, including fireworks and balloons, that you can only get during the fireworks shows.

To enter into the raffle, click on the raffle box by Redd. It costs 500 bells each time you’d like to enter, and there are 12 prizes you can win in total. They are:

  • Fountain firework
  • Blue balloon
  • Green balloon
  • Red balloon
  • Pink balloon
  • Yellow balloon
  • Blue sparkler
  • Red sparkler
  • Bubble blower
  • Pinwheel
  • Tweeter
  • Uchiwa fan

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