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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.

Fireworks in the fall of 2022 include the Celebrate the Night in Maple Ridge (on October 21st) and at Minoru Park in Richmond (on October 31st).

 


For the Honda Celebration of Light’s official website visit hondacelebrationoflight.com.


 

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 Canada Day, Honda Celebration of Light, BC Day, Halloween, New Year’s Eve, Ships to Shore Festival and Cloverdale Rodeo fireworks events.

 

Canada Day Fireworks
Fireworks in Coal Harbour

 

Canada Day Fireworks

One of Vancouver’s largest rounds of fireworks each year takes place on Canada Day 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.

Because of the COVID-19 virus, the fireworks event at Canada Place was cancelled for 2020 and 2021. The July 1st fireworks display at Canada Place isn’t happening in 2022 either due to rising costs. For more information about the Canada Day celebrations taking place in downtown Vancouver this year, click Canada Day at Canada Place.

In addition to the pyrotechnics at Canada Place, fireworks also occur most years at the exact same time on the North Shore off Dundarave as part of West Vancouver’s Canada Day celebrations. Other fireworks venues include Abbotsford, Surrey, White Rock, Burnaby, Coquitlam‘s Lafarge Park and Whistler. These pyrotechnic events did not happen in 2020 or 2021, however, although some municipalities offered online activities instead.

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

 

Canada Day 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 2020 the Celebration of Light fireworks were going to take place on July 25th, July 29th and August 1st. 2021 fireworks were scheduled for July 24th, 28th and 31st. Countries competing on each of the three days in 2019 were India, Canada and Croatia. Unfortunately, both the 2020 and 2021 events were cancelled due to COVID-19. 2022 dates are July 23rd, 27th and 30th. Exact details are to be confirmed.

In years when it does take place, 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. Each of the three nights’ sets of pyrotechnic displays lasts for close to 25 minutes. 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 Honda Celebration of Light.

 


For the Honda Celebration of Light’s official website visit hondacelebrationoflight.com.


 

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.

As mentioned above, the 2021 Honda Celebration of Light Festival was cancelled due to the pandemic. Consequently, no fireworks took place at English Bay on BC Day that year. The White Rock Sea Festival was cancelled too.

 

Halloween Fireworks

Municipal government-hosted events with Halloween fireworks usually take place in Maple Ridge and Richmond each year, and also sometimes in and Anmore (although not in recent years). Smaller less formal events happen of course in other places too.

Celebrate the Night is a Halloween-themed community festival and fireworks night in Maple Ridge. In years when there isn’t a pandemic, it takes place at Memorial Peace Park on the last Sunday in October. The event returned to more normal programming in 2021 although on Friday, October 22nd, rather than a Sunday. It was the only major Halloween fireworks event in Metro Vancouver that year. In 2022 the event happened on Friday, October 21st.

Halloween fireworks also usually take place in October in Richmond at Minoru Park at 7191 Granville Avenue (in years when there isn’t a pandemic). 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 happen in the tiny community of Anmore on Halloween night at Spirit Park at 2697 Sunnyside Road. The community hasn’t had them since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, including not in 2022. Hopefully they will return in a future year.

 

Richmond Fireworks at Minoru Park
Halloween Fireworks at Minoru Park

 

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Up until 2018, the Lower Mainland’s finest fireworks displays each year have been set off from a barge in Burrard Inlet just off Canada Place on New Year’s Eve, or January 1st at 12 am. Starting on December 31st in 2022, the event takes place in False Creek.

NOTE: The fireworks at Canada Place didn’t happen in 2019. The event took a one-year break and planned to return on December 31st, 2020, but at a new location – at False Creek near Science World. Because of COVID-19, however, that event also got cancelled as did the festivities in 2021 too. The plan now is for the fireworks to take place at the new venue on December 31st in 2022.

In past years, on New Year’s Eve tens of thousands of people turned out 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 watched from the southeast shore of Stanley Park and from across the water in North Vancouver. Popular viewing spots on the North Shore included 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 took place in the plaza outside Canada Place in the evening starting at around 6:00 pm, the fireworks went off sharp at midnight and accompanying music was provided by the radio station 102.7 The Peak.

We’re sad that the event didn’t happen on December 31st in 2019, but look forward to seeing it in False Creek in 2022 (hopefully).

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

 

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 past 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 there has not been one since.

Click Ships to Shore Festival for more details.

 

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 at around 9:30 pm.

In 2020 the Cloverdale Rodeo was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. In 2021 the rodeo was expected to run from May 21st to the 24th, but was also cancelled.

Click Cloverdale Rodeo for more information about the event.

 

Other Information

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

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