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The Honda celebration of light is into it 28th consecutive year and is still one of the most popular events in Vancouver. Throughout the days and evenings, the crowd expected over the 3-day period is growing year on year. With up to 1 million spectators last year, the organisers are expecting the event to be bigger and better than ever before. Beaches and parks in and around English Bay will be packed out with everyone wanting to get their spot early to get the best views of the displays.

For the first time in the history of the event, the competitors must all follow a theme and incorporate this into the firework display along with the music. The theme for this year as chosen by the public vote is all “love”.

Red Heart Firework Effect

The fireworks are all set up and fired from barges located in English bay and ‘blast off’ will take place at 10pm every evening come rain or shine; so, make sure that you don’t only arrive early but that you come well prepared.

For the prime viewing spots for the event, you can pre-book into the observation lounge making sure you and family or friends have the best seats in the house for the show. Prices cost $44 so around £26 per ticket. This is plus the applicable services and charges.

If you fancy doing something a little more different then there are bars and lounges offering different packages with not only some of the best seats in the house but also including food and drinks packages.

The three main places to watch the fireworks are Second Beach, English Bay, and Kitsilano / Vanier Park. All of them offer plenty things to do for all the family along with an array of food stalls to sample the local cuisine, live music performances and of course at the end of each evening an incredible fireworks display.

The programme for the event is as follows –

• Saturday 28th July – South Africa – Fireworks for Africa
• Wednesday 1st August – Sweden – Unique Pyrotechnic
• Saturday 4th August – South Korea – Daehan Firework Co

The companies are judged by some industry experts, sponsor representatives and some local celebrities. Along with this you as the audience also get your chance to vote as there is now an app available to download. Once all the competitors have fired, the judges then add up the marks and the winner of the show will be announced, and the prizes and trophies are handed out.

This certainly is going to be one of biggest and most beautiful sky filling events in the Canadian event calendar, so make sure that you get yourself along to witness this first hand for yourself.


Festival Of Light Fireworks 2014

WHAT: The Honda Celebration of Light 2014
WHERE: English Bay, Vancouver
WHEN: 26th and 30th July and 2nd August
COST: FREE (we like this word :))

The organisers of the Festival of Light fireworks festival have very kindly added some details not available to us at the time of our last blog post so here you go.

Vancouver, British Columbia announces that the day before each of the competitive firework displays, representatives from the Media will be given permission to go on board the barge being set up by the professional teams for a tour around and to gain the opportunity to interview the person responsible for the production and design of the display along with a team rep.

The competing teams are:

TEAM USA – Pyrotecnico
TEAM JAPAN – Akariya Fireworks

As the largest public gathering in British Columbia, the fireworks festival attracts over 1 million visitors over 3 days and generates over $40 million in economic activity for businesses in Vancouver.

After being named Best Public Entertainment in Canada in 2012, The Honda Celebration of Light received additional national prizes, including Best Festival at the Canadian Special Event Awards in Toronto, and Gold at the Sponsorship Marketing Awards in Edmonton.

“The Honda Celebration of Light delights thousands of British Colombians and visitors with an entertaining combination of creative fireworks and great music,” said B.C. Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Coralee Oakes. “Vancouver will light up the sky again this year like no other city in Canada.”

“We strive to offer a world-class event that invites families from BC, Canada and the world,” said Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society Chair Hon. John D. Reynolds. “Support from all of our sponsors, including the Province of British Columbia and The City of Vancouver allows us to continue this vision and build additional content for festival-goers.”

This year’s Honda Celebration of Light will be held on July 26, July 31 and August 2, featuring pyrotechnic teams from the US, France and Japan. The free SHOREFEST music festival presented by LG104.3 held in English Bay and Sunset Beach will see performances by 54-40, The Sheepdogs, The Odds and over a dozen other performers. Limited tickets to the all-ages, licensed YVR Observation Deck at English Bay are still available. For full details go to: www.hondacelebrationoflight.com


Vancouver Festival of Light Firework Festival 2014

_MG_5592 2013-07-31 Honda Celebration of Lights - Canada Team

WHAT: The 2014 Honda Celebration of Light
WHERE: English Bay, Vancouver
WHEN: Between 26th July and 2nd August

It is always the way of the people of Vancouver noting that summer is close by – the details of the fireworks competition are released and this year is no exception.

The Annual ‘Honda Celebration of Light’ takes place in late July/early August and this year features teams from the USA, Canada and France who will battle it out to be named as the winners of this prestigious title.

• Saturday 26th July – Team USA – Pyrotecnico
• Wednesday 30th July – Team France – F C Pyro
• Saturday 2nd August – Team Japan – Akariya Fireworks

The event attracts almost half a million spectators annually over the three days and includes live music performances, food and beverage concessions and other family events during the run up to the fireworks.

This is not only the biggest firework event in Vancouver but the largest offshore event of its kind in the World. Check out the map below of the festival and try and get there early to pick the best viewing spots.

FESTIVAL MAP - Vancouver Festival of Light Firework Festival 2014;

The fireworks start at 10:00pm and last in the region of around 25 minutes and the judges will be ensuring compliance with their five main areas:

1. General Concept – including presentation, structure and the scale of the display.
2. Colour – choice, variety, brightness and luminosity.
3. Originality – structure, architecture and the design of the display.
4. Quality of production – rhythm of the fireworks, volume of effects and the quality of construction.
5. Correlation of music – the choice, synchronicity and adaptation to the choices of music and the reflection of the ‘mood’ of the display.

Although the fireworks will not get underway until 10:00pm, there is a full programme of events beginning from 2:00pm on each of the display dates for all the family to enjoy including a number of cultural events. One of these is the Concord Seawall Challenge which is described as an urban adventure, designed to raise funding for after school programmes across the City and its districts. The first two winning teams in this challenge win $1500.00 each and they also get the chance to nominate a local mainland school each to receive a $5000.00 award.

Certain to be one of the most beautiful sky filling events of the Canadian calendar, get along and see what it’s all about as outside of New Year or Bonfire, we get very little chance to see fireworks on this scale at any time. Check out the video below from 2013 🙂