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Honda Celebration of Light kicks off Saturday

July 28 2017

Honda Celebration of Light fireworks at English Bay with inukshuk to the left

On July 29, August 2, and August 5 thousands of people will make their way to the West End and Kits Point to watch the Honda Celebration of Light fireworks. 

Now in its 27th year, the annual event is the longest running off-shore fireworks competition in the world and one of the largest events hosted in Vancouver. This year’s competition will feature Japan, the United Kingdom, and Canada. 

Road closures

Vehicle access at Kits Point and the West End will be limited to residents with a local parking decal or vehicle registration showing a local neighbourhood address.

You can view road closure details on the VanConnect app, our road closures page, or the Celebration of Lights website .

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What's closed

Closures include: 

  • Kits Point: 6:00 – 11:30pm
  • West End: 7:00 – 11:30pm
    • Davie Street will be closed from Burrard Street to Denman Street 
    • Denman Street will be closed from Beach Avenue to Alberni Street 
    • Pacific Street/Beach Avenue will be closed from Burrard Street to Stanley Park

Burrard Bridge improvements are still under construction. Obey construction signs. Vehicle turning will be restricted.  

Take transit, walk, or cycle

Transit, walking, or cycling are the best options to avoid road closures and delays.

Use the following routes out of the West End to access transit after the fireworks:

  • Burnaby Street for the SkyTrain and Canada Line
  • Beach Avenue for Yaletown Station
  • Guildford Street to access Georgia Street bus routes 

 Bicycles will not be allowed on rapid transit after 10:00pm until crowds have cleared.

Viewing points

Twelve marker signs, labeled “A” through “L”, will be posted in English Bay to aid people in finding each other. 

Tide lines 

If watching the fireworks from the beach, be aware of the tide schedule as water will rise throughout the night. 

Safety and good behaviour

Demonstrate your best behaviour while viewing the fireworks and report unsafe behaviour.

  • Fire safety: Respect the no smoking ban in Vancouver parks. Do not use barbeques. 
  • Alcohol-free event: Open alcohol is prohibited on Vancouver’s beaches, streets and parks. This also helps to ensure the event stays safe and family-friendly. 
  • Zero waste: Pack-out what you pack-in to minimize waste. If needed, recycling and garbage bins will also be set-up on beaches. 
  • Safe boating: If watching from the water, follow safe boating guidelines and carry your boating license at all times. Do not drink and boat. 
  • Pet safety: 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 it’s wearing proper identification; 97% of dogs that are licensed and wearing tags are returned to their owner. If your dog gets lost, phone 3-1-1 to inform Animal Services.  
  • Exclusion areas: Respect airshow exclusion area and on-water authority vessels that support barge safety zone. 

How to report non-emergency issues

  • Medical issues: call 8-1-1
  • Report non-emergency issues to VPD: call 604-717-3321
  • Report issues on transit to Transit Police: use the SeeSay app  for iPhone or Android or text 87-77-77

Use 9-1-1 for emergencies only. 

Learn more and get day-of information

For more details, visit hondacelebrationoflight.com .

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