Vancouver fireworks schedule 2015

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Not only is the Honda Celebration of Light the biggest event of the summer, it’s also BC’s biggest outdoor event that is free to watch! 2015 is the 25th year that the fireworks have been lighting up English Bay and to celebrate, this year is going to be huge.

The details of the 2015 Vancouver Fireworks Celebration of Light were announced recently, and this year Canada is coming back to enter the competition. In addition, along with the firework show, there will also be live performances, an Urban Adventure seawall challenge, and two new areas for prime viewing opportunities.


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This year the 2015 Celebration of Light fireworks schedule will be as follows:

  • Saturday, July 25, 2015 – People’s Republic of China
  • Wednesday, July 29, 2015 – Brazil
  • Saturday, August 1, 2015 – Canada

As The Province Newspaper reported, this Vancouver Fireworks Celebration of Light is truly an international event, with over 85 fireworks shows over the last quarter-century,17 different countries representing every continent except Antarctica have competed.

Spain has won more competitions than any other nation, with six titles, followed by Canada (four) and China (three). Here’s hoping that Canada brings a powerhouse performance to move closer to the top rank.

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The Celebration of Light is the longest-running offshore fireworks competition in the world, but also attracts an astounding 400,000 spectators along English Bay each evening of the event.

This year, in addition to the return of the free SHOREFEST concert series, The Keg Lounge and the YVR Observation Deck, there will also be two new spaces to enjoy the nighttime fireworks: a licensed, ticketed lounge at the English Bay Inukshuk and a family-friendly, licensed bistro in the Sunset Beach Park that will not require tickets for admission.

More details about the 2015 celebration of light and tickets for the observation areas can be found at

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On Wednesday night, an estimated 300,000 people crowded the beaches and parks around English Bay for this year’s second Celebration of Light fireworks show.

The 25-minute-long display by Team Brazil, represented by Group Vision Show Fireworks, was positively received on social media for its choreography, music and epic scale.

Despite the larger crowds, there were no major incidents although a handful of fines were issued for open liquor and smoking. There were as many as 50,000 more people watching the fireworks than Saturday night’s show by Team China.

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SEE ALSO: 12 behind-the-scenes photos of the Celebration of Light fireworks barge

This year’s fireworks festival marks the event’s 25th anniversary, which will be concluded by Team Canada on Saturday, August 1. At this time, weather forecasts indicate optimal conditions for fireworks viewing.

Here’s a compilation of photos and videos of fireworks, crowds and the parachuter stunt during Brazil’s night:

Complete video of Brazil’s Celebration of Light 2015 fireworks

Time lapse video of Brazil’s Celebration of Light 2015 fireworks

Video of Brazil’s Celebration of Light 2015 fireworks finale


Photos of Brazil’s Celebration of Light 2015 fireworks

















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Celebration of Light 2015 road closures


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The Honda Celebration of Light is arriving this weekend, and along with the fireworks spectacular comes major road closures. Certain roads are blocked from 7:30 p.m. until after crowds have dispersed, which usually happens around 11 p.m. Access roads into Kits Point are closed at around 6 p.m.

Only residents will be permitted to drive in blocked areas and must show valid parking permits or other proof of their address. Towing will be heavily enforced and there will be police surrounding the blocked areas.

Here’s a list of all the roads that will be blocked:

  • Davie Street from Denman Street to Thurlow Street
  • Denman Street from Beach Avenue to Alberni Street
  • Robson Street from Guilford Street to Thurlow Street
  • Nelson Street from Guilford to Thurlow
  • Beach Avenue from Guilford to Thurlow
  • Bidwell Street from Beach Avenue to Alberni Street
  • Cardero Street from Beach to Alberni
  • Nicola Street from Beach to Alberni
  • Broughton Street from Beach to Alberni
  • Jervis Street from Beach to Alberni
  • Bute Street from Beach to Alberni
  • Thurlow Street from Beach to Alberni
  • All roads between Arbutus Street to Chestnut Street near Vanier Park

Celebration of Light 2015

  • Saturday, July 25: China by Team Lidu
  • Wednesday, July 29: Brazil by Group Vision Show
  • Saturday, August 1: Canada by Archangel Fireworks

All shows begin at 10 p.m. and end at 10:25 p.m – rain or shine.

Below is a map of all the roads that will be closed:


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For 25 years, Vancouverites have been coming together to experience the Celebration of Light fireworks festival.

Three countries will give over a million spectators 25 minutes of spectacular fireworks synchronized with music over three nights.

It begins on Saturday, July 25 when China’s Lidu Fireworks will light up the night sky. Next is Brazil on Wednesday, July 29 with the Group Vision Show followed by Canada’s Archangel Fireworks on Saturday, August 1 for the finale.

We’ve compiled a list of where the best views and vibes are to help you make the most out of your fireworks nights.

English Bay

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Everyone needs to experience the fireworks at English Bay at least once. You have to arrive early to secure a spot – nothing comes close to the lively atmosphere of English Bay during the Celebration of Lights.

Address: 1700 Beach Avenue, Vancouver

Vanier Park

If you’re a resident in Kitsilano, this is the place for you. Located across False Creek from English Bay Beach, it’s usually packed during the fireworks but if you head down there a bit early, you can score some of the best spots.

Address: 1000 Chestnut Street, Vancouver

Kitsilano Beach

If you want something a bit calmer, you can avoid the hustle and bustle of downtown at Kitsilano Beach. It’s just west of Vanier Park. You’ll find it quite busy on a sunny afternoon but once it calms down, you should be able to snag a spot on the sandy shore.

Address: 1499 Arbutus Street, Vancouver

Jericho Beach

Jericho Beach has some of the best vantage points for the fireworks. For those living footsteps away in the Vancouver Westside, this is the place for you.

Address: 3941 Point Grey Road, Vancouver

Burrard Bridge



If you’re in a romantic mood and want to avoid the big beach crowds, how about a nighttime stroll around town? You can quickly head over to the Burrard Bridge to watch the fireworks. The view is breathtaking at this location.

Stanley Park Seawall (English Bay side)

Another way to avoid the crowds is to take a walk around the seawall at English Bay. You can take the family out for some ice cream and fireworks without having to elbow your way through a crowd.

Address: Stanley Park Seawall, Vancouver (English Bay side)

Dundarave Beach

It’s a bit further away from downtown Vancouver, but the pier at Dundarave Beach is great for families and has a view like no other. Please note that the fireworks are partially obscured by Stanley Park from Ambleside Beach.

Address: 25th Street, West Vancouver

Sunset Beach

If you want a date night for fireworks, this is the perfect location. Start off the evening with a picnic and just like the name says, watch the sunset before the fireworks show.

Address: 1204 Beach Avenue, Vancouver

Granville Bridge

The Granville Street Bridge is an alternative bridge location to spot the show. And as a plus, if you want to continue partying at the clubs right after the fireworks, the Granville Street Entertainment District is just a short walk away.

For more information and the schedule details, visit the website.

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