We figured maybe you could see some flashes so we stayed with the crowd on the hill watching people light Chinese lanterns and float them off into the sky and a few misc fireworks from people around us. Then people counted down, we kissed, and laughed. We could hear the fireworks going off but couldn't see any of them.
We were finally in Seattle for New Year's Eve and still missed the fireworks :)
It was still fun and we've had some good laughs about it, maybe we'll catch them in 2014!