It's a relatively recent thing, isn't it.
When I was a kid, I do not recall ANY fireworks at New Year.
We opened the door to hear the sound of church bells.
My favourite was NY, 1980.
Lived in Manc at the time, and was newyearing with some friends in Salford. One opened the door, saying, "Just listen to this"! The night air was filled by the sound of ships hooters in and around the docks. Just a couple of years on, and it was all to be gone! Kinda feel sad they're gone.