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Fireworks in New Westminster

The Farewell to Summer Fireworks Festival is a family-friendly event featuring market vendors, live entertainment, fireworks and more in New Westminster.

The fireworks festival takes place on August 24th in 2024. That’s the same weekend as a number of other great events including the Shipyards Night Market on the North Shore and the PNE Fair in Vancouver.


Farewell to Summer Fireworks Festival in New Westminster

Most years there are fireworks in New Westminster on Canada Day. In 2022 the city had Canada Day celebrations, but, for various reasons, without the usual fireworks. Instead, the organizers of the annual July 1st fireworks show postponed their pyrotechnic festivities until the end of the summer.

Because of the above cancellation in July a couple of years ago, the Farewell to Summer Fireworks Festival is a new event in New Westminster. It’s an afternoon and evening of family-friendly activities towards the end of summer.

At the end-of-August event there’s a market with local vendors, a beverage garden, a stage with live music and entertainment, plus a spectacular fireworks display to close the night. Best of all, the festival is completely free to attend!


When and Where

In 2024 the Farewell to Summer Fireworks Festival runs from 3;00 until 10:30 pm on Saturday, August 24th.

All festivities happen outdoors at New Westminster Quay along Quayside Drive. The venue is close to the Fraser River Discovery Centre, which is an especially fun place for children that’s worth a visit.


Schedule of Activities

Last year the Farewell to Summer Fireworks Festival kicked off with a market that ran from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. There were over 30 vendors scheduled to attend. At the event there was a wide range of products on sale including everything from candles and crafts to baked goods and chocolates.

The live entertainment portion of the event ran from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm on the outdoor stage last year. There were multiple singers and musicians performing during this time. The full entertainment schedule for 2023 is listed below. 2024 will likely be similar (although the event this year starts at 3:00 pm, so later in the day).

  • 1:00 pm – Words of Welcome
  • 1:10 pm – Liquid Blue
  • 2:10 pm – Miss Shauna
  • 3:05 pm – Brandon Dame
  • 4:00 pm – Beauty Shop Dolls
  • 5:00 pm – Marlin Ramazzini
  • 7:15 pm – The Coco Project

The Farewell to Summer Fireworks Festival concluded last year with a fireworks display just after 9:00 pm. The fireworks ran for about 10 to 15 minutes and the entire festival wrapped up at 9:30 pm. In 2024 the event runs until later, likely until around 10:30 pm.


Shipyards Night Market


Other Information

For more information about the event, visit the Hyack Festival website.

The above fireworks event is presented by the Hyack Festival Association which is the same group that hosts the annual Hyack Parade & Festival in May most years.

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