The Celebration of Light is an annual event that takes place late July/early August in Vancouver. It consists of 3 nights of fireworks syncronized to music and associated daytime festival with bands, food, and beer gardens. This is Vancouver's largest event and attracts hundreds of thousands of people and many boats each night to the area around English Bay.
The fireworks are fired off from a barge in English Bay. The fireworks last about 25 minutes normally. There are speakers to hear the music near English Bay so that you can hear the music. The music is also broadcast on the radio so you can listen to it when not near the speakers. Each year, there are 3 teams each from a different country that compete for the best fireworks show. It is really a cool sight to see down at English Bay because hundreds of boats form a semi-circle a safe distance around the fireworks barge.
Most people will view the fireworks from the seawalls and beaches that border English Bay. Some people will camp out all day to get a good spot to watch the fireworks. Watching from these areas is completely free. There are some VIP stands, lounges(Keg Lounge, YVR Observation Deck, Inukshuk Lounge) and viewing areas for which tickets must be purchased. The fireworks can also be seen from Kitsilano and Point Grey on the south side of English Bay. There are many boat charters out of Coal Harbour / False Creek that will take people out for dinner and/or drinks to watch the fireworks from the water.
Traffic in the West End neighbourhood is restricted to residents only after 6pm on fireworks nights. Traffic and transit are extremely busy on these nights in the downtown core. It can take hours to exit the downtown core after the fireworks so be warned!
In 2017, the countries represented were Japan, United Kingdowm, and Canada!
For 2018, the countries represented will be South Africa (Jul 28), Sweden (Aug 1), and South Korea (Aug 4).
New for 2018, all the countries will have to use the theme of 'Love', which was voted on by the public. Also new this year will be an app for the Celebration of Lights that is coming this summer.
The simulcast of the music that accompanies the fireworks will be broadcast on LG 104.3 FM radio.
Tickets for seats in the bleachers or for the lounges will go on sale on April 13, 2018 at 10am. Buy tickets here: BUY TICKETS
The winning country will be announced on August 7, 2018
The Celebration of Light Fireworks Festival is an annual event that takes place during the daytime of the fireworks nights. It has live music, food, and beer gardens.
The Celebration of Light fireworks take place July 28, August 1, and August 4, 2018 at 10pm rain or shine.
The Celebration of Light Fireworks Festival take place at Ceperley Park in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
The best place to watch the Celebration of Light fireworks is on English Bay Beach right in front of the barge. From this spot you can hear the syncronized music from the speakers and see the fireworks unobstructed. People go to English Bay beach many hours before the fireworks to save a spot. Don't expect to get a good spot on the beach if you aren't there hours before. Also, be aware if the tide is rising, your spot on the beach may be gone by showtime!
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