2023 Honda Celebration of Light: Australia, Mexico and the Philippines on July 22, 26 and 29

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THE Honda Celebration of Light – the world’s longest-running offshore fireworks competition is set to return with a thrilling line-up of pyrotechnic performances featuring teams from Australia, Mexico and the Philippines.

“I join the hundreds of thousands of people who are eagerly awaiting the return of the Honda Celebration of Light,” said Lana Popham, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport, on Monday. “This iconic event has become more than a dazzling display of fireworks. It’s become a gathering place for people of all generations and backgrounds for a celebration of music, food, and culture – and a true summer highlight in B.C.”

“The Government of Canada is proud to support the return of the Honda Celebration of Light as an anchor summer experience for locals and tourists alike,” said Parm Bains, MP for Steveston—Richmond East. “This iconic event has become an economic driver for local businesses and a gathering place for people of all generations and backgrounds to celebrate music, food, and culture.”

Bains announced an investment of $457,760 through the Tourism Relief Fund for Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society.
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“It’s that time of year when we begin the countdown to a magical experience that is the Honda Celebration of Light,” said Michael McKnight, Co-Chair of the Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society. “We encourage the people of Vancouver, the province and this country to treat this as an opportunity to come out and truly celebrate this spectacular event.”

“The City of Vancouver is proud to welcome the hundreds of thousands of Vancouverites, British Columbians, Canadians, and those from around the world to celebrate and enjoy this one-of-a-kind event,” said Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim. “The Honda Celebration of Light has become synonymous with summertime fun in Vancouver by bringing people together and showcasing our city’s vibrancy.”

“For more than five decades, Honda Canada has been committed to supporting events across Canada that are fun, inclusive, family-oriented, and will create last memories across generations of families – the Honda Celebration of Light is all that and more, “said Jean Marc Leclerc, President and CEO, Honda Canada Inc. “Our association with this event is a true partnership, and we will be cheering as teams light up the sky this summer.”
“Celebrating the communities where we live and work is at the core of Scotiabank’s values, said Stephen Gaskin, Senior Vice President, Scotiabank. “We’re proud to be back as a major sponsor of the Honda Celebration of Light and look forward to bringing families and friends together in Vancouver for this world-class event starting July 22.”

Terry Hui, Concord Pacific, President and CEO, “We feel it is important to support all the communities we develop in. This year marks 23 years of supporting the Honda Celebration of Light and a 35-year commitment to the Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival. To celebrate our new position as the sponsor of the Concord Pacific Grandstand, we will be giving away 200 grandstand seats to West End and Downtown seniors, families, and individuals. Concord Pacific is also covering the cost of available accessible grandstand tickets for all three nights of the festival.”

Individuals seeking accessible grandstand tickets should contact the festival directly as these tickets are limited and first come, first served.

Concord Pacific will hold a lottery to distribute 100 tickets for West End and Downtown seniors for the first performance (July 22) and 100 families and individuals for the third performance (July 29). For details, visit concordpacific.com.  The draw will be administered by Roundhouse Community Centre staff on June 1 and the winners’ names will be posted by noon on June 2.


Saturday, July 22: Australia – Howard & Sons

Howard & Sons Pyrotechnics are leaders in pyrotechnic innovation for a reason. From producing a firework display for the opening of Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1932 and the Opera House in 1973 to winning silver in the Celebration of Light in 2016, producing the highest quality fireworks in the world is what they continue to do best.

Wednesday, July 26: Mexico – Grupo AVACON

Grupo AVACON has been providing the highest quality pyrotechnic shows since 2009. Their extensive experience has given Grupo AVACON the opportunity to show their talent internationally and participate in some of the most popular contests and festivals in Mexico, while also performing almost every day of the year for the best hotels and companies in the country.

Saturday, July 29: The Philippines – Blue Peacock

Blue Peacock Fireworks is regarded as one of The Philippines’ promising names in the pyrotechnic industry and has won more awards than all competing companies. Their team not only became part of history by culminating the 100th Philippines Independence Celebration but also was the first ever team to set up a pyro-musical show using the SkyRanch Eye, the tallest Ferris Wheel in The Philippines, so be ready for a colourful show.

At 10 p.m. each night the fireworks will begin from barges located in English Bay. Music simulcast can be heard on CFMI Rock 101. The winning team will be announced on Tuesday, August 2.

The event also welcomes back the Red Bull Air Show, a spectacular pre-show performance happening on all three festival nights.
Attendees can reserve a seat with exclusive VIP and family-friendly viewing options with the best seats in the house! Limited seats are available for the three ticketed viewing locations: Scotiabank Lounge, Inukshuk Point and the Concord Pacific Grandstand. For those interested in hosting private groups with the best views of the barges, there are VIP private cabanas and larger group hosting patio spaces available to rent.

Tickets to all three viewing areas can be purchased online: www.hondacelebrationoflight.com. Pre-Sale for this year’s Honda Celebration of Light will start on April 24th at 11 a.m., and end Thursday, April 27 at 8:59 a.m. Tickets will be on sale to the public starting at 9 a.m. on April 27. Subscribe here for access to the pre-sale.

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The Honda Celebration of Light is B.C.’s largest public event and the longest-running offshore fireworks competition in the world. It attracts up to 400,000 spectators along the shores of English Bay each night. Owned by the volunteer Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society, the event contributes more than $206 million in economic activity to the region each year. The Honda Celebration of Light event is produced by Vancouver-based BrandLIVE Management Group, in collaboration with Archangel Fireworks Inc.