Celebration of Lights 2011: Vancouver Fireworks at English Bay

On Saturday July 30, the English Bay skies will light up as Vancouver hosts the 21st Annual Celebration of Light.

Each year, the Celebration of Light event is held in Vancouver which includes 3 countries competing in a pyro-musical fireworks competition which attracts the worlds leading firework designers and an estimated audience of 1.5 million annually.

The battle this year is between Spain, China and Canada. All countries will be judged on colour, originality, quality of production and correlation of music. Last year’s display was one of the best I’ve seen in recent years and this year is expected to be no different.

The Festivities

With a fireworks display of this size, there are a few hot spots in the city to catch the show.

If you’re looking to be in the center of the action and enjoy the crowd atmosphere – English Bay is the place to be. For something a little more low key and family oriented, I would recommend John Lawson Park in West Vancouver or Vanier Park. For a full list, check out Vancity Buzz’ Best Places to watch the 2011 Fireworks.

The Lineup:

Saturday July 30: China “China Storm” 10:00 – 10:25

Wednesday Aug 3rd: Spain “Odyssey” 10:00 – 10:25

Saturday Aug 6th: Canada “Then and Now” 10:00 – 10:25

The Crowd

SHOREFest: Live Music and Entertainment

Shorefest is back at the VCL!


Musical artists will be performing live for the crowds (for FREE!) in three locations from 7-10pm before the fireworks on July 30th, August 3rd, and August 6th. Locations include: Vanier Park, Kits Beach, and English Bay. Here’s the full concert line up and schedule.

SHOREfest will also be hosting an invitation only convert event at The Keg Lounge in English Bay. Listen to Shore 104.3 for chances to win All Access Passes to this exclusive event.

Transit Information & What to Remember

*Note – The streets are going to be PACKED! Think Olympics and Stanley Cup hockey on this one (minus the riots). There’s gonna be a sea of people on the streets and plenty of road closures. The best way to get around is by walking, public transportation or bike.

Vehicle access into the West End will be limited to residents who can prove residency through car registration or a resident permit parking decal from 7:30PM on event nights.

Here’s a look at the full list of road closures and parking for people with disabilities.

Location: English Bay, Vancouver

Start time: 10:00 p.m. rain or shine

Best viewing points: English Bay, Kitsilano, Vanier Park, Jericho Beach.

The event is free to watch from public parks and beaches. Music simulcast begins at 10:00 p.m. on radio station SHORE 104fm.