Fireworks Alert! Honda Celebration of Light Competitors and Dates Announced



In case our posts on ice cream tacos and patios didn’t evoke enough sunny summer for you, here’s the clincher. Honda Celebration of Light has announced  the competing countries and dates for our annual summer waterfront pyrotechnics showdown.

Vancouver’s beaches and skies will shine bright for the 24th annual Honda Celebration of Light fireworks festival Saturday, July 26, Wednesday, July 30 and Saturday, August 2.  Once again Vancouver will dominate on the international stage during the largest and most prestigious event of the summer, featuring fireworks performances by teams from the United States, France and Japan. This is the world’s largest offshore fireworks showdown. Thousands of spectators will gather on Kitsilano Beach, Sunset Beach and English Bay to view the spectacle.

“The Honda Celebration of Light showcases Vancouver on the world stage and continues to be one of Vancouver’s best-known and most popular summer festivals,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “The festival has become a signature summer event for residents and visitors alike and is a huge boost to our vibrant local economy. I look forward to this year’s Celebration of Light being our best yet!”


The 2014 Honda Celebration of Light competition will begin promptly at 10:00pm, rain or shine, from the barges located in English Bay–easily visible from Kits Beach. Music simulcast can be heard on SHORE 104.3 FM and through the festival’s mobile app. The winning country will be announced Monday, August 4th.

  • Saturday, July 26USA; Pyrotecnico
  • Wednesday, July 30France; F.C. Pyro
  • Saturday, August 2Japan; Akariya Fireworks

 SHOREfest presented by Shore 104.3 FM

The SHOREfest concert series at English Bay and Sunset Beach returns with free musical performances, including The Sheepdogs on the SHOREfest stage.  Organizers also plan to include community and cultural entertainment on the Saturday afternoons on the Rogue Stage at Sunset Beach.  More performers will be announced soon.

Expanded Programming

The festival and the West End Business Improvement Association (WEBIA) have partnered up again, working with businesses to create an even more dynamic and inviting experience for people en route to the fireworks.  WEBIA will host a series of roaming performances along Davie and Denman, as well as collaborating with area businesses to showcase the neighbourhood’s impressive culinary and retail offerings.

Food Truck Festival

The Honda Celebration of Light will be capitalizing on the current Food Truck phenomenon to offer guests a variety of culinary experiences from the conveniently located Sunset Beach parking lot.  Be sure to come down early and enjoy dinner at the beach.

Mobile App

The Honda Celebration of Light mobile App will once again allow festival goers to keep informed of artist schedules for SHOREfest, search through an interactive map and vote for their favourite pyrotechnic team.

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Last modified: May 14, 2014

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