2017 Honda Celebration of Light | July 29 | August 2 | August 5 |

Celebration of Fireworks, Live Outdoor Music and Local Foods

For nearly 30 years, Vancouverites have experienced the beauty and majesty of the Honda Celebration of Light, a world-class fireworks display and competition which attracts 1.4 million local, regional and international visitors each year. Word is, until you’ve seen Vancouver’s Celebration of Light, you’ve never really seen fireworks the way they’re meant to be seen. Known as one of the major events in the city, its fireworks illuminate the sky over English Bay for three nights, ending on the Saturday of the August long weekend.


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We have been supporting this event for many years, supplying flags to the throngs of people making their way to the celebration. Since 2013, we have been working with the event organizer and producers, supplying the street banners that create anticipation in the community and make our streets look even more beautiful. You can see them for yourself on the Granville Street Bridge.


Honda Celebration of Light banners in 2015

The festival’s core purpose is to “spark togetherness.” So, is it really any wonder we’re thrilled to be a part of it all? Our friends at the West End BIA feel the same as we do! Keep your eyes to the sky to see more street banners coming soon to the West End, right where the celebration will be happening.


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How Did It All Start? Mr. Fireworks Brings Celebration to Vancouver
Raymond Greenwood, Mr. Fireworks himself, and his wife Stephanie went to Montreal 30 years ago to participate in the Pyrodyne Corporation fireworks competition. They were inspired by the awe and wonder of it all. As the driving force behind bringing this iconic festival to Vancouver, Raymond said, “From day one, this event has been a booming success and all these years later, it’s still a major community event, which brings global interest and attendance.” He adds, “The idea that people from all corners of the world come to be a part of something truly spectacular, it makes me very proud.”

The Honda Celebration of Light (originally known as Benson & Hedges Symphony of Fire and then the HSBC Symphony of Fire) is an annual musical fireworks competition. The first Symphony of Fire was held in 1990. Today, this event is known as one of Vancouver’s largest festivals. It is recognized as the longest running off-shore fireworks competition in the world. This year, the competition will feature companies from Japan (Akariya Fireworks), the United Kingdom (Jubilee Fireworks) and Canada (Royal Pyrotechnie). To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, each of the competitors will be required to include one iconic Canadian song in their display.

“Check Out the Stage Before You Watch the Sky”
As if the fireworks were not enough to draw the crowds, the Celebration of Light kicks off each afternoon with live music at Sunset Beach. Known as ShoreFest, it is Vancouver’s largest community concert, and is free of charge. Musicians begin performing in the early afternoon and leading up to fireworks in the evening.


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For more information about this year’s event, please visit their official website.

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