Restoration of Independence Day to be marked by TV Tower fireworks display

Tallinn TV tower.
Tallinn TV tower. Source: Martin Dremljuga/ERR

Restoration of Independence Day, which falls on Thursday, August 20, will be marked with fireworks launched from the Tallinn TV Tower – itself 40 years old this year – that evening.

Sami Tammi, the head of Pyrocom, a Finnish company conducting the display, says it is a technically complex undertaking, but that the result will be worth it. 

"The burst, which will be projected into the sky from a height of more than 170 meters, will magnified almost a hundredfold. It will be visible from anywhere you can see the TV Tower on August 20," he said. 

The display, which starts at 9.45 p.m., will also coincide with the end of a concert featuring Estonian rock legends Ruja at the nearby Song Festival Grounds, and ERR's Raadio 2 will broadcast a one-hour show starting at 9 p.m. next Thursday and including a live-link to the concert. 

Coronavirus restrictions have kept larger gatherings to a minimum for Restoration of Independence Day this year. Current regulations restrict outdoor public events to 2,000 people and indoor ones to 1,500 people, or 50 percent of a venue's capacity, whichever is lower. 

Completed in time for the 1980 Moscow Olympics, when Tallinn hosted the competition's sailing events, the TV Tower had a makeover in 2012 with a new visitor center and restaurant, and is one of the top three tourist spots in the capital. 

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Editor: Andrew Whyte

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