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West End the place to be with upcoming special events

July 26 2019 –

Vancouver’s summer season of special events is set to peak as the upcoming Celebration of Light and Pride festivities draw both residents and visitors alike into the West End and neighbouring Kits Point. 

Honda Celebration of Light

Now in its 29th year, the annual Celebration of Light is the longest running off-shore fireworks competition in the world and one of the largest events in Vancouver. 

Thousands of people will make their way to the West End and Kits Point this year to watch spectacles by teams from India, Canada, and Croatia. 

To accommodate the event, various road closures will be in effect with traffic disruptions anticipated in the West End and Kitsilano: 

  • Local traffic only north of Cornwall St from Arbutus to Chestnut St (6pm to11:30pm)
  • Full closure of Davie St from Denman to Burrard streets (7pm to midnight) 
  • Full closure of Denman St from Alberni St to Beach Ave (7pm to midnight)
  • Full closure of Beach Ave/Pacific St from Pacific St to Stanley Park (7pm to midnight)
  • Eastbound closure of Beach Ave from Davie to Broughton on July 27 and July 31 (12pm until 12am)
  • Westbound closure of Beach Ave from Pacific to Davie St with local access retained on August 3 (noon to midnight)

Vehicle access in these areas will be limited to residents with a local parking decal or vehicle registration displaying a local neighbourhood address. Transit, walking, or cycling are the best options to get around town to enjoy special events. 

Please note that no open flame barbeques will be permitted in English Bay Beach Park between 2100 Beach Avenue to Bidwell Street during Celebration of Light.

Pride Davie Village Promenade

This year’s Pride will include the inaugural Davie Village Promenade which will be a family-friendly pedestrianized gathering space including temporary patios at many of the restaurants and interactive art pieces.

To allow for the Promenade to take place, Davie Street will be closed between Thurlow and Jervis Street from noon on Friday, August 2 to 4am on Monday, August 4.

Pride Parade 

Closures to facilitate the 2019 Pride Parade will include:

  • 7am – approximately 3:30pm: 
    • Thurlow St from West Georgia to Nelson St
    • Alberni St from Bute to Burrard St
    • Robson St from Denman to Burrard St
    • Denman St from West Georgia St to Beach Ave
    • Beach Ave/Pacific St from Denman to Thurlow St
  • Local traffic access points:
    • Exit West End via Nelson, Comox, Thurlow, Harwood, or Burnaby St
    • Enter West End via Harwood, Burnaby, or Davie St (up to Thurlow St due to Pride Davie Village Promenade)

Special event tips

To help ensure that these events run as smoothly as possible, the City asks residents to follow these top tips:

  • Walk, bike, roll, or take transit whenever possible
  • Stay ahead of road closures
  • Be aware of fireworks viewing point markers, especially those marking the high tide points along the beach
  • Use the “Pack-it-in/Pack-it-out” method to take home and recycle items
  • If you see litter on the street, consider picking it up and placing it in a container
  • Use the zero waste stations recycling and waste receptacles present throughout downtown
  • Bring a reusable water bottle, cup, or take-out container to enjoy all of your favourite snacks 
  • Be considerate of the community and keep noise to a minimum when leaving evening events
  • Respect the no smoking ban in Vancouver parks
  • Refrain from using barbeques
  • Follow safe boating guidelines and carry your boating license with you at all times if you are watching the fireworks from the water
  • Leave your pets at home. Fireworks and large crowds can be very frightening for animals. 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

Stay tuned for a few other special events before the summer season wraps up: 

  • Vancouver Mural Festival from August 1 to 10
  • Powell Street Festival on August 3 to 4
  • Bike the Night on September 7

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