It’s the summer event everyone’s been waiting for: Vancouver Celebration of Light 2012.
During Celebration of Light, the skies over English Bay glow with pyrotechnics from the world’s largest offshore fireworks competition. For Kits residents, it’s also the time when thousands of eager folks swarm from less beachy residential hoods to our fair shores to catch a glimpse of the fireworks.
In 2012, Vietnam, Brazil and Italy are competing for the Celebration of Light title on Saturday, July 28, Wednesday, August 1, and Saturday, August 4, respectively. Fireworks kick off at 10pm sharp and last 25 minutes or so, so make sure you’ve got your viewing spot secured well before that.
Vietnam: Saturday, July 28
Brazil: Wednesday, August 1
Italy: Saturday, August 4
Where to watch?
Downtowners will be at the SHOREfest bash on Sunset Beach and in the ticketed bleacher seats at English Bay. In Kits, you’ve got a great view from Vanier Park and Kits Beach, both equipped with public restrooms for those who set up picnics/viewing parties early.
Transportation and parking
Additional Skytrain, Canada Line, and Bus service will be put into place to help with the large volume of transit users on event nights. If you plan to drive, leave plenty of time to find parking and get to a good viewing spot.
Traffic will be redirected in the Kitsilano and West End areas and you will have to plan an alternate route. If you can’t use public transport, bike or walk, try to carpool with friends and neighbours and be prepared to walk a distance from your parking spot.
Access into Kits Point will be restricted from 6:00pm on Fireworks nights. Residents will be allowed into the area at specific access points, but must display a valid resident parking permit or recent proof of address.
There’s event pay parking available at Capers/Whole Foods underground lot as well as West 4th Avenue Safeway.
As usual, SHORE 104.3 is broadcasting the musical score that goes with each fireworks performance. The synchronization between score and light show is a key component in the judging and worth tuning in.
New this year, Vancouverites are invited to join in on the judging the competition. Visit the Celebration of Light website after each show to weigh in. Or use this great iOS app that gives you the schedule, will be playing the music, and allows you to vote on the display too. Thanks for sharing, Anthony!
Last modified: August 2, 2012