The king of summer events in Vancouver is the annual Vancouver Celebration of Light Fireworks competition. In 2013, Celebration of Light pyrotechnics take place at 10pm on Saturday, July 27, Wednesday, July 31 and Saturday, August 3.
Celebration of Light isn’t just a fireworks show. It’s the world’s largest offshore international fireworks competition. Every year, three countries battle it out, choreographing wild explosions to the soundtrack of their choice. In 2013, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Thailand will participate in the sparkly showdown.
The winner is determined by a combination of viewer votes and input from the Celebration of Light official judges. Over 1.4 million people get out of their houses/hotels and come down to the beach to watch. In true summer festival spirit, the event is free to attend.
Where are the best spots to watch in Kitsilano?If you’re an oceanfront Kits resident you may be able to see the show from your porch. I can (gloat, gloat). If you can’t see the fireworks from your home, pack a picnic and head down to Vanier Park or Kitsilano Beach for a view of the glory. If that’s already full, head to Burrard Bridge for a great view minus the public restrooms. As usual, there will be roads closures and heavy traffic, so walk, bike or use transit. Find details on transit with an event map here. Celebration of Light means always spectators flooding into Kits to set up camp at the beach from 5pm onwards. We recommend going early.
Last modified: September 5, 2013