Vancouver usually has a fireworks show for Canada Day on July 1st, but there are other fireworks displays that happen in the summer! Usually near the end of July and beginning of August, Vancouver hosts a firework competition called the Celebration of Light. Usually on Wednesdays and Saturdays, a different team puts on a firework show choreographed to music at English Bay each night. This is a very popular festival with as many as 500,000 people attending. This year, the nights are July 23, 27, and 30.
Each night, the fireworks show starts right at 10pm and lasts for about 25 minutes in sun or rain! But before the show starts,
there is a lot to do on the beach. The radio station LG104.3FM hosts events at English Bay, which include ShoreFest, free concerts right on the beach, and the Sunset Beach Festival, more free concerts and giveaways at Sunset Beach. On top of having lots of free stuff to do, there are always a lot of food carts at English Bay with delicious food to try! And there will be vendors giving away free things at these events, so it is worth checking out!
The beach at English Bay starts to fill up really quickly in the afternoon with people reserving the best spots to watch the fireworks. Its best to get there early to make sure you have a good spot. Don’t forget to bring a blanket, sunscreen and/or an umbrella; the show happens even if its raining! It’s also a good idea to bring a beach ball or something else to do on the beach. Card games are fun too! If you don’t want to go to English Bay, you can also watch them at Vanier Park, Spanish Banks, Jericho Beach, and Kitsilano Beach.
This year, teams from the Netherlands, Australia and the United States are competing! Its very special this year because the team from the US is actually Disney! This promises to be a good show! Since the fireworks are set to music, the radio station usually plays music on its speakers so you can hear it while you watch, but if you don’t get a seat close to the speakers, its a good idea to bring your own radio.
The Celebration of Light is a really fun fireworks festival in Vancouver! It’s a good opportunity to see beautiful fireworks shows, and you get the chance to sit in the sun and enjoy the view at English Bay! Be sure to go see it!