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Honda Celebration of Light expected to kick off with a boom!

July 23 2014


Thousands will gather in downtown Vancouver to view the 2014 Honda Celebration of Lights on July 26, July 30, and August 2 to watch USA, France, and Japan compete.

Getting to and from the fireworks

As you travel to popular viewing points in the West End and Kitsilano, the best ways to navigate the crowds and avoid street closures is to:

  • Take transit
  • Walk
  • Cycle

Road closures

Roads will be closed to motor vehicles in:

  • Kits Point beginning at 6:30pm
  • West End beginning at 7:30pm

Only residents with parking decals for the neighbourhood or with vehicle registration displaying a neighbourhood address will be allowed access.

Pedestrian exit routes

When you leave the West End, look for exit routes to SkyTrain and bus service. Please use:

  • Burnaby Street to access Burrard and Waterfront stations
  • Beach Avenue to access Yaletown Station
  • Gilford Street to access Georgia Street bus routes

Bike valet

Complimentary bike valet will be available at Sunset Beach.

Reminder to boaters

Follow safe boating guidelines and carry your boating licence at all times.

Tips for viewing the fireworks

Pack up what you bring in

To help make the Honda Celebration of Light a zero waste event, recycling and garbage bins will be set-up on the beaches. Please pack-out what you pack-in, leaving Vancouver’s parks and beaches clean.

Open alcohol and smoking are prohibited

Open alcohol is prohibited on Vancouver’s beaches, streets, and parks.

Beaches and parks are smoke-free.

Keep noise levels to a minimum

Please respect residents in the area by keeping noise levels to a minimum.

Set-up a meeting place

If meeting friends and family, use the beach marker signs placed along English Bay. Each sign has a large letter on it.

When leaving the fireworks, the crowds will be large and there’s little light, so set-up a place meeting place in case someone from your party gets lost.

Stay above the high tide line

When watching the fireworks from the beach, be aware of the high tide schedule:

  • July 26, 7:30pm: 14.4 feet
  • July 30, 9:15pm: 14.4 feet
  • August 2, 10:43pm: 14.1 feet

Signs will be posted along the beach to indicate where high tide will hit during each evening.

Keep your pets safe

As the sudden noise of the fireworks can be very frightening for animals, please leave your dog at home. If you choose to bring your dog with you, make sure your pet is wearing proper identification, and phone 3-1-1 right away if your dog is lost. 

Get up-to-date information the night of the fireworks

If a performance is cancelled or there is important public information, local event, emergency, and other agencies will use Twitter, Facebook, and other media channels to communicate information to you. Follow the Twitter feeds for:

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