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Celebration of Light 2011 | English Bay

This year's Celebration of Light fireworks festival will showcase international competitors from Vietnam, Brazil and Italy.

The 22nd Annual Celebration of Light fireworks festival will brighten Vancouver’s evening skies starting at 10:00 PM on July 28 and August 1 & 4, 2012.

This year’s event, the biggest in the Greater Vancouver area, is expected to draw over a million total spectators over the course of the three nights, so you will want to reserve your lodging well ahead of time.

Vancouver Fireworks Competition Offers International Flair (and Flare)

The spectacular pyrotechnic shows, which began in 1990, have grown to become the largest off-shore fireworks competition in the world.

Vancouver locals and visitors alike gather at English Bay, Sunset Beach, Vanier Park and other vantage points to watch the skies light up with professionally choreographed fireworks displays, each synchronized to an inspiring music soundtrack simulcast on Shore 104.3 FM.  General admission is free and paid VIP passes are available.

The competitors at this year’s festival hail from Southeast Asia, South America and Europe.

Vietnam: Team Danang

July 28

Team Danang fireworks team from VietnamTeam Danang has presented numerous stunning firework shows for over 20 years for events such as National Day, Lunar New Year celebrations and other important events and festivals in Vietnam. Although they are experienced in international competition since 2008, this is the first time Team Danang has competed outside their home country.


Brazil: Group Vision Show

August 1


Italy: Pirotecnica Soldi

August 4

Pirotecnica SoldiPirotecnica Soldi has produced world class handmade firework displays since 1869 and, in addition to regular shows in Italy, regularly competes internationally in locations ranging from Cannes to Montreal and London.

Votes will be collected online and the Celebration of Light winner will be announced on August 6.

English Bay, Vancouver, BC

ENGLISH BAY: The beach and bleachers areas of English Bay provide a spectacular view of the fireworks. Enjoy live music, complimentary drinks and more at the Keg Lounge, located atop the historic English Bay Bathhouse, when you purchase tickets.

Fireworks Are the Focus of This Famous Vancouver Event, But There’s Much More to Enjoy

The fireworks displays start promptly at 10:00 PM, rain or shine, each day of this event, but there’s a whole lot more to this festival than pyrotechnics.

Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach, located between Thurlow and Bute Streets at the mouth of False Creek is the scenic, sandy center of activities happening before each night’s Celebration of Light display. These events and activities start at 2:00 PM each day of the Festival.

Cultural Celebrations

The cultures of the competing countries, Vietnam (July 28), Brazil (August 1) and Italy (August 4) will be highlighted with cultural dancing and on-stage performances.

SHOREFestSHOREFest: Rogue Stage at Sunset Beach

Enjoy some of Canada’s top Blues, Folk, and Roots, bands and performers, sponsored by Shore 104.3 FM.

Vanier Park

VANIER PARK: A popular area for viewing the fireworks is found across False Creek.


Sunset Beach will offer volleyball, soccer, and bocce ball tournament play for participants who sign up.

NBA 3XNBA 3X (June 28 & 29 Only)

The NBA 3X Tournament features top NBA stars and allows local children of all ages to participate in a 3 on 3 basketball tournament.

For more information about this event to purchase tickets, please visit the Honda Celebration of Light website.

Choose Greater Vancouver Lodging as Memorable as Fireworks over the Water


Breakfast at our member Vancouver B&B inns offer an explosion of flavour to start your day.

Our member Vancouver BC inns and bed & breakfasts provide a personalized lodging experience to complement your experience of the Celebration of Light and all the attractions and activities the Greater Vancouver region of British Columbia has to offer.

Enjoy a variety of breakfast options, B&B guest rooms that offer luxurious and unique accommodations, and the signature personal service and local knowledge of the innkeepers at locations all across British Columbia’s Greater Vancouver region.

What’s Your Celebration of Light Expectation or Experience?

The Celebration of Light fireworks festival has been celebrated in Vancouver BC since 1990 and has since grown to become the largest off-shore fireworks competition in the world.

Please share your plans for this 2012 event and memories of past Celebration of Light festivals.