Vancouver fireworks are never more awe-inspiring or breathtaking as they are during the Celebration of Light. Every year since 1990, the city of Vancouver has celebrated in grand fashion with the best fireworks display designers from around the world, and impressive fireworks displays put to music. The Vancouver fireworks festival was originally known as the Symphony of Fire because of the manner in which this unique event employed music along with the fireworks to create an incredible exhibition that has become known internationally as one of the best fireworks events in the world.
This annual event is one of the best-known and most popular festivals in Vancouver, drawing a four-day average of approximately 1.5 million people. Vancouver is already a city that is highly attractive to tourists, and during the week of the Celebration of Light, the city is even more alive and vibrant than usual. It is held in the summer months and the fireworks displays go off rain or shine. If you are planning to travel to Vancouver in the summer, you may want to consider looking into the dates of the festival to see if you can sync your itinerary up. You will certainly not be disappointed, as you have not ever truly seen fireworks until you see the Vancouver fireworks at the Celebration of Light set to music.
The Vancouver fireworks festival lasts for four days, although not consecutively. There is a need for time in between each show to tear down and set up, as well as make sure that all of the appropriate safety measures are in place. Over the course of the four days, different countries are represented as the host country of the night. So, for instance, the first night may be Canada, followed by China, South Africa, and then the United Kingdom to close the festival. This is a really cool aspect of the Celebration of Light Festival and lends to the multicultural appeal of Vancouver. It is also awesome to get to see different countries takes on what an amazing fireworks display equals. What is undeniable is that all of the best fireworks companies in the world seek out the Vancouver fireworks festival as one of the premiere events to showcase their art and design skills.
The festivities take place every night at 10 p.m. Once you have your arrangements made, the only thing left to do will be to locate the ideal position from which to view the impressive displays. Some of the best, unobstructed viewing points are English Bay, Vanier Park, Jericho Beach, and Kitsilano Beach. Vancouver is a city that is very well connected in terms of public transportation, so you will have no problem accessing any one of viewing points for very little money. After the fireworks, you can head over to Gastown, Yaletown, or any of the other destinations in and around the Downtown core to enjoy the best in Vancouver dining, entertainment, and fun.
Be sure not to miss the Vancouver fireworks if you are going to be in town during any of the four nights. It is well worth the trip and provides fun and excitement for adults and kids alike. The music really sets it over the top and makes an incredible show to watch.
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