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Vancouver Fireworks: Celebration of Light Fireworks Competition in Vancouver, BC

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If there is one event that defines summer in Vancouver, it's the Celebration of Light international fireworks competition and festival: three nights of the best fireworks displays you've ever seen.

Since 1990, the annual Celebration of Light has become one of the most prestigious fireworks competitions in the world, attracting the world's best fireworks pyrotechnicians and designers. The 2013 Celebration of Light fireworks competition features tour-de-force performances from the United Kingdom, Canada, and Thailand.

  • Getting to the Celebration of Light: Do not drive! On each day of the competition roads into the West End are closed at 7:30pm, and Kits Point is closed at 6:00pm. There will be no parking. Take the sky train, buses, or--if possible--walk. For information on parking for disabled persons, check the site.

With over 1.4 million people expected to attend the Celebration of Light fireworks, the prime viewing points will be extremely crowded. To get a spot at Downtown's most popular vantage point, English Bay (First) Beach, you must go very early, especially if you have children; adults will be able to enjoy the show even standing in back. If you're willing to put up with the crowds, this is the place to go: not only do you get the best fireworks views, there are tons of concession stands, food vendors, and good restroom access, too.

If you don't want sand in your shoes, there is limited paid-seating at English Bay's Boathouse; see the Celebration of Light site for details.

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