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High tide will limit beach capacity for Honda Celebration of Light fireworks tonight

Kenneth Chan Jul 28, 2017 5:25 pm 3,441

There will be limited beach real estate for those looking to save the perfect viewing spot for the Honda Celebration of Light fireworks festival’s first night.

The Vancouver Police Department has warned revellers that the first show on Saturday staged by Team Japan takes place at approximately the same time as an expected high tide.

This could be particularly problematic for the popular English Bay Beach ‘front row’ viewing location, where unsuspecting dense crowds could find themselves retreating from the creeping high tide.

Fireworks begin exploding over the night skies of English Bay at 10 pm. An extremely low tide of 7.12 ft is forecasted at 4:45 pm, but the tide will steadily rise throughout the evening, peaking at 14.5 ft by 11:24 pm – approximately one hour before the fireworks show ends.

Fortunately, hide tide will likely only be a problem for beach goers on the first night. The remaining two shows on Wednesday, August 2 and Saturday, August 5, by the United Kingdom and Canada respectively, will occur just before or after low tide.

Depending on a number of factors, each fireworks show attracts between 200,000 and 500,000 attendees to the beaches and parks around English Bay in Vancouver.

Honda Celebration of Light 2017 Tide Forecast

  • Saturday, July 29: Japan
    • Low Tide: 7.12 ft at 4:45 pm
    • Fireworks: 10 pm to 10:25 pm
    • High Tide: 14.5 ft at 11:24 pm
  • Wednesday, August 2: United Kingdom
    • High Tide: 12.83 ft at 4:39 pm
    • Fireworks: 10 pm to 10:25 pm
    • Low Tide: 10.89 ft at 9:29 pm
  • Saturday, August 5: Canada
    • High Tide: 14.14 ft at 6:37 pm
    • Fireworks: 10 pm to 10:25 pm
    • Low Tide: 10.6 ft at 11:55 pm

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Kenneth Chan
National Features Editor at Daily Hive, the evolution of Vancity Buzz. He covers local architecture, urban issues, politics, business, retail, economic development, transportation and infrastructure, and the travel industry. Kenneth is also a Co-Founder of New Year's Eve Vancouver. Connect with him at kenneth[at]

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