AFTER a two-year absence, the Honda Celebration of Light is set to return for its milestone 30th year with a line-up of pyrotechnic performances featuring teams from Japan, Canada, and Spain.
“After two long years, one of B.C.’s most popular events is back to light up Vancouver. This hugely popular event draws visitors worldwide and is a prime example of the world-class entertainment B.C. has to offer,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport. “The Province is proud to support Honda Celebration of Light. Beyond a dazzling display of breathtaking fireworks, this celebration of music, food, and culture, makes it a true summer highlight in B.C.”
“It’s always a momentous occasion when hundreds of thousands of people can experience something as magical as the Honda Celebration of Light. However, this occasion will be especially meaningful as we return to light up the sky after a two-year hiatus because of the pandemic,” said Michael McNight, Co-Chair of the Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society. “So, 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 back hundreds of thousands of visitors from here in Metro Vancouver, across Canada, and around the world, as we come together once again to enjoy this wonderful and one-of-a-kind fireworks festival. This year’s event is not just a Celebration of Light, it’s a celebration of the strength of our community, and to mark the occasion I’m honoured to proclaim Saturday, July 23rd as Honda Celebration of Light Day in Vancouver,” said Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart.
Saturday, July 23: Japan – Akariya Fireworks
Akariya Fireworks strive for absolute safety, as much as the best performance. Akariya utilize quality control of products and tools, new technology usage, environmental protection, and employee training to manage the safety of their fireworks show. The team also took home 1st place in both the Honda Celebration of Light 2014 and 2017.
Wednesday, July 27: Canada – Midnight Sun Fireworks
Midnight Sun Fireworks is an award-winning team of Yukon Pyrotechnicians; passionate about creating unique shows that bring life to the music in their soundtracks. Their playful displays are full of surprises and creative expression.
Saturday, July 30: Spain – Pirotecnia Zaragozana
Founded in 1860, Pirotecnia Zaragozana is one of the most awarded companies in Spain. Since then, the tradition transmitted generation to generation, combined with constant innovation, have made Pirotecnia Zaragozana synonymous, throughout the world, with prestigious, safe, and quality shows.
At 10 p.m. each day the fireworks will begin from barges located in English Bay. Music simulcast can be heard on The Breeze 104.3 FM and Z 95.3 FM. 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, and on Wednesday, July 27 the iconic Canadian Snowbird team will be back to perform their formation flyovers at English Bay.
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, Concord Lounge at the Inukshuk, and the English Bay 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 go on sale to the public on Monday, May 2 at 10 a.m. through www.hondacelebrationoflight.
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A 30th anniversary video, celebrating the Honda Celebration of Light is available here.