The unforgettable energy of the Honda Celebration of Light  returns for its milestone 30th year and feature an amazing display of breathtaking fireworks July 23, July 27, and July 30. The event will also feature a celebration of music, food, and culture – but a highlight will undoubtedly occur on Wednesday, July 27th when Canada takes centre stage and the iconic Canadian Snowbird team perform formation flyovers above English Bay.

The Honda Celebration of Light is B.C.’s largest public event and the longest-running offshore fireworks competition in the world. It attracts up to 400,000 spectators along the shores of English Bay each night.  The Canadian Snowbirds, officially known as 431 Air Demonstration Squadron are the military aerobatics flight demonstration team of the Royal Canadian Air Force, and they are particularly proud to be honouring Canada in a special way.

For the past 51 years, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds Demonstration Team has represented the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces who conduct and support operations at home and around the world every day,” said Capt. Gabriel Ferris. 


SATURDAY | JULY 23 – JAPAN – Akariya Fireworks
Akariya Fireworks strive for absolute safety, as much as the best performance. Akariya utilize quality control of products and tools, new technology usage, environmental protection, and employee training to manage the safety of their fireworks show. The team also took home 1st place in both the Honda Celebration of Light 2014 and 2017.

WEDNESDAY | JULY 27 – CANADA – Midnight Sun Fireworks
Midnight Sun Fireworks is an award-winning team of Yukon Pyrotechnicians; passionate about creating unique shows that bring life to the music in their soundtracks. Their playful displays are full of surprises and creative expression that will surely captivate you.

SATURDAY | JULY 30- SPAIN – Pirotecnia Zaragozana
Founded in 1860, Pirotecnia Zaragozana is one of the most awarded companies in Spain.  Since then, the tradition transmitted generation to generation, combined with constant innovation, have made Pirotecnia Zaragozana synonymous, throughout the world, with prestigious, safe, and quality shows.

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At 10:00 p.m. each night the fireworks will begin. Music simulcast can be heard on The Breeze 104.3 FM and Z 95.3 FM. The winning team will be announced on Tuesday, August 2nd.

The event also welcomes back the Red Bull Air Show, a spectacular pre-show performance happening on all three festival nights. Attendees can reserve a seat with exclusive VIP and family-friendly viewing options with the best seats in the house! Limited seats are available for the three ticketed viewing locations: Scotiabank Lounge, Concord Lounge at the Inukshuk, and the English Bay Grandstand. For those interested in hosting private groups with the best views of the barges, there are VIP private cabanas and larger group hosting patio spaces available to rent.

Tickets to all three viewing areas are on sale through

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Bryen Dunn is a freelance journalist with a focus on travel, lifestyle, entertainment and hospitality. He has an extensive portfolio of celebrity interviews with musicians, actors and other public personalities. He enjoys discovering delicious eats, tasting spirited treats, and being mesmerized by musical beats.