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Fireworks Bursting Over Coal Harbour

Vancouver hosts several fireworks events including at New Year’s, Canada Day, Halloween and the English Bay fireworks competitions in July.


The next major rounds of fireworks in the Lower Mainland are on July 27th, July 31st, and August 3rd during the Celebration of Light fireworks competition.

Fireworks in the Lower Mainland

Attracting hundreds of thousands of people, Vancouver’s various fireworks events are all first-rate and highly recommended.

See below for information on Vancouver’s Celebration of Light, BC Day, HalloweenNew Year’s Eve, Ships to Shore Festival, Cloverdale Rodeo and Canada Day fireworks events.

Celebration of Light Fireworks

Vancouver’s biggest and most famous fireworks event is the Celebration of Light international fireworks competition that takes place in English Bay.

The Celebration of Light is a three-day event that happens on the last two Saturdays and last Wednesday in July or beginning of August in the lead-up to the BC Day Long Weekend.

In 2019 the Celebration of Light fireworks take place on Saturday, July 27th, Wednesday, July 31st, and Saturday, August 3rd. Countries competing on each of the three days are India, Canada and Croatia.

At the fireworks competition there is live music all afternoon and evening followed by fireworks put on by a different country each night starting at 10 pm and lasting for close to 25 minutes each time. During the shows people can listen to accompanying music by tuning their radios to LG 104.3 FM.

For more information on this world-famous three-day pyrotechnics event, click Celebration of Light.

English Bay Fireworks
Fireworks at English Bay

BC Day Fireworks

The Celebration of Light takes place in the lead up to the BC Day Long Weekend, but it’s not the only fireworks that take place on the weekend of BC’s first-Monday-of-August statutory holiday.

The final day of Vancouver’s Celebration of Light pyrotechnic competitions is on the Saturday of the BC Day Long Weekend, but White Rock has its own fireworks that weekend too during its White Rock Sea Festival.

Halloween Fireworks in Richmond

Celebrate the Night is a Halloween-themed community festival and fireworks night in Maple Ridge. It takes place at Memorial Peace Park. In 2018 it was on Sunday, October 28th, from 5 until 8 pm with the fireworks happening at 7:30. 2019 details will be similar.

Halloween fireworks take place in October each year in Richmond at Minoru Park at 7191 Granville Avenue. The show is on October 31st and free family-friendly activities take place from around 6:30 until 8:45 pm. Click Richmond Halloween Fireworks for more information.

Halloween fireworks also usually take place in the tiny community of Anmore on Halloween night at Spirit Park at 2697 Sunnyside Road. Click Anmore Fireworks for details about past events.

Richmond Fireworks at Minoru Park
Halloween Fireworks at Minoru Park

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

The Lower Mainland’s first fireworks displays each year are set off from a barge in Burrard Inlet just off Canada Place on New Year’s Eve, or January 1st at 12 am.

On New Year’s Eve tens of thousands of people turn about for the show and accompanying entertainment around Canada Place, the Vancouver Convention Centre and along the waterfront in Coal Harbour.

Smaller numbers of people also watch from the southeast shore of Stanley Park and from across the water in North Vancouver. Popular viewing spots on the North Shore include Lonsdale Quay and the pier by Shipbuilders’ Square.

Vancouver’s New Year’s Eve fireworks are short but impressive, lasting for around a dozen minutes or so. Live music and other entertainment takes place in the plaza outside Canada Place in the evening starting at around 6 pm, the fireworks go off sharp at midnight and accompanying music is provided by the radio station 102.7 The Peak.

For more information, see New Year’s Eve Fireworks.

New Year's Fireworks

Richmond’s Ships to Shore Festival

Fireworks happen in Richmond during the Ships to Shore Festival which takes place in years when a tall ship comes to visit. In recent years the event has been held at Garry Point and the fireworks have been impressive.

The Ships to Shore Festival doesn’t take place every year. There was one in 2016 and 2017, but not in 2018.

Click Ships to Shore Festival for more details.

Canada Day Fireworks
Fireworks in Coal Harbour

Cloverdale Rodeo Fireworks

The Cloverdale Rodeo is a large rodeo and country fair that takes place in Surrey on the Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the May Long Weekend each year.

At the rodeo there are amusement rides, rodeo competitions, evening concerts, a parade and various other family-friendly cowboy-themed activities. On the first night of the rodeo, on the Friday, there are also fireworks.

In 2019 the fireworks at the Cloverdale Rodeo blast off on May 17th at around 9:30 pm.

Click Cloverdale Rodeo for more information about the event.

Canada Day Fireworks

One of Vancouver’s largest rounds of fireworks each year takes place on Canada Day, July 1st, at various venues around the Lower Mainland.

The main pyrotechnics on July 1st are from a barge in the water just off Canada Place, and again like at New Year’s the entire region around Canada Place is a zoo of people, free concerts and other entertainment during the day.

For more information on the Canada Day celebrations in downtown Vancouver, click Canada Day at Canada Place.

In addition to the pyrotechnics at Canada Place, fireworks also occur at the exact same time on the North Shore off Dundarave as part of West Vancouver’s Canada Day celebrations. Other fireworks venues most years include Abbotsford, Surrey, White Rock, Burnaby, Coquitlam‘s Lafarge Park and Whistler.

For more information on Canada Day fireworks and other festivities throughout the Lower Mainland on July 1st, click Canada Day Fireworks.

Canada Day Events

Other Information

For information on other major events in the Lower Mainland, including the above ones involving fireworks, see the Festivals & Events Calendar.