Celebration of Light

Events, Kid Friendly, Nightlife, Things to Do — By Natasha John on July 20, 2010 at 11:53 pm

The first summer that I moved to Vancouver I had just graduated university and was looking for work. An opportunity to do some promo work for this firework show called the “Celebration of Light” was first on the list to fatten up my sad looking wallet. I had no idea what I was getting myself into and the entire event greatly surpassed any expectations I had. I was warned that there would be hundreds of thousands of people in English Bay, but it didn’t actually hit me until about an hour before the show started. The beach was packed!

Photo from official Celebration of Light website

That was five years ago and the Celebration of Light continues to draw in crowds by the hundreds of thousands. People start putting down beach blankets and lawn chairs to claim their spot along the beaches of English Bay to get a prime view of the show. A huge barge (cool facts here) is set up in English Bay and it takes about three days for each show to be put together. The fireworks are put on by a specific country for four nights and the countries change each year; this year’s countries are USA, Spain, Mexico and China.

Not only will you see some of the best fireworks in your life, but the fireworks are choreographed to go along with music. That takes some skill! Tune into SHORE104.3FM to listen to the music.

Parts of Davie and Denman Streets are shut down to pedestrians only, so do not plan on driving in the West End. Your legs will be much faster!  If you have access to a boat, feel free to get out on the water and put your anchor down with your fellow sailors. Should you be lucky enough to have access to a rooftop patio in the West End, invite your friends over and fire up the grill!

The show starts at 10pm rain or shine and this is the line up for this year:

  • Wednesday July 21st 2010 – The Keg presents USA Night
  • Saturday July 24th, 2010 – London Drugs presents Spain Night
  • Wednesday July 28th, 2010 – HSBC presents Mexico Night
  • Saturday July 31st, 2010 – Concord Pacific presents A Tribute to China

It’s well worth the trip downtown and is fun for all ages. If crowds aren’t your thing, head over to Kitsilano and plonk yourself down on one of the quieter beaches, while still enjoying the sites.

Photo by Natasha John

For up to date information, follow them on Twitter – @CelebofLight


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