Celebration of Light

Vancouver, British Columbia

Originally known as the Symphony of Fire when it began in 1990, the Celebration of Light is today the largest fireworks competition in the world and is considered to be one of North America’s top pyrotechnic competitions.

The summer event attracts the worlds most talented fireworks designers as three or four countries compete for the title on 4 separate nights over two weeks - Wednesday, Saturday and Wednesday and Saturday again at the end of July.

Competitors are judged on the general concept of the display, originality of design, color, quality of the production and the use of music.

Canada won the competition in both 2008 and 2007.

Drawing crowds of more than a million people, locals and tourists alike, the Celebration of Light is free to watch from public parks and beaches around English Bay. The best viewing points are English Bay, Kitsilano, Vanier Park, Jericho Beach, Stanley Park and Sunset Beach.

"The fireworks have become one of Vancouver's most beloved summer events”, says Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson.

The shows begin at 10pm sharp (no matter what the weather brings) to the music simulcast on radio station SHORE 104fm, and last about 25 minutes.

Driving into the West End is restricted to local residents after 6pm, so the best way to make it to a good viewing point is by public transit or walking. For cyclists there is complimentary bike valet parking beneath the Burrard Street bridge close to the Vancouver Aquatic Centre, at King George Secondary School on Barclay Street between Bidwell and Denman Streets, and at the parking lot at Second Beach in Stanley Park.

Be prepared for changes in the weather and for delays in getting home after the event as the streets are very often jam packed with long line ups for the buses and public transit. Make sure you have water and comfortable shoes.

For more information about the Celebration of Light visit the official web site at http://hondacelebrationoflight.com/


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