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 Vancouver fireworks nights.
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
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
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 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
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.
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)
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
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
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.
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