Honda Celebration of Light Returns for its 26th Year on English Bay
Vancouver’s beloved fireworks festival plays host to competing teams from
the Netherlands, Australia and United States
Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver’s cherished fireworks festival is returning for a 26th year at English Bay, as the Honda Celebration of Light announced its line-up of competing countries for the festival as well as its three full days of festival programming.
This year’s festival, the longest-running offshore fireworks competition in the world, is set for Saturday July 23rd, Wednesday July 27th and Saturday July 30th.
“On behalf of the Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society, we are excited to announce the line-up for the 26th annual Honda Celebration of Light,” said Paul Tilbury, Co-Chair of the Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society. “The Honda Celebration of Light is one of the most highly anticipated events of the summer and we look forward to three days of festivities celebrating the essence of Vancouver.”
“The Honda Celebration of Light is one of Vancouver’s iconic festivals and one of the most popular events of the summer,” said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson. “On top of bringing an economic boost to the local economy, the Honda Celebration of Light brings an infectious atmosphere into our city as families and friends gather at English Bay to experience first class, family-friendly entertainment.”
July 23rd: Royal Fireworks, representing Netherlands
July 27th: Howard’s Fireworks, representing Australia
July 30th: Walt Disney Entertainment, representing United States
The fireworks competition will begin promptly at 10:00 p.m. each night, rain or shine, from the barges located in English Bay. Music simulcast can be heard on LG 104.3 FM and through the festival’s mobile app. The winning team will be announced on Sunday, July 31st.
“As home to some of the most patriotic fans in the world, this year’s three teams were carefully selected so that their followers could take over our city with their colours, their passion and their excitement for the festival,” added Tilbury. “We eagerly look forward to the three electrifying shows from the Netherlands, Australia and the United States.”
LG104.3 FM’s Shorefest
The SHOREFEST concert series at Sunset Beach returns once again to the LG104.3 Stage in the Keg Lounge, starting at 2:00 p.m. each day, with major Canadian musical act Loverboy headlining Wednesday’s festival night. More performers will be announced soon.
“LG104.3 is thrilled to be back as a partner of the 2016 Honda Celebration of Light and very proud to once again be presenting SHOREFEST,” said Crosby McWilliam, Promotions Director of LG104.3. “With three memorable nights of music for the crowds at English Bay, SHOREFEST has become Vancouver’s top free summer concert series. Keep an eye on our website LG1043.com in the coming months as we fill out the complete lineup of performers!”
As the largest public event in British Columbia, the Honda Celebration of Light continues to expand and offer new features in order to engage and entertain new audiences.
Tickets go on sale for all ticketed viewing areas today through www.HondaCelebrationofLight.com
The Keg Lounge
The Keg Lounge, located on the Bathhouse Roof in English Bay, offers a VIP lounge experience as well as a side stage view of performances on the SHOREFEST Stage. With a prime view of the fireworks and a capacity of only 450 the Keg Lounge sells out each night.
Early bird tickets are on sale now until May 31st for $149 and can be purchased at: www.HondaCelebrationofLight.com. Regular priced tickets will be $169 after May 31st.
The Inukshuk Lounge
With the closest water view of the fireworks, the Inukshuk Lounge on the peninsula at English Bay is the place to be. Features of the Lounge include: guaranteed seating, musical simulcast of the fireworks soundtrack, cash bar service, private washroom facilities and a laid back vibe, making it the perfect place to network and chat.
Early bird tickets are on sale now until May 31st for $119 and can be purchased at: www.HondaCelebrationofLight.com. Regular priced tickets will be $139 after May 31st.
YVR Observation Deck
The custom built bleacher-style seating of the YVR Observation Deck is situated in the heart of the action at English Bay. This all-ages licensed area offers reserved seats with a prime view of the fireworks, musical simulcast of the fireworks soundtrack, cash bar service, private washroom facilities, food service and giveaways.
Early Bird tickets are on sale now until May 31st for $39 and can be purchased at www.HondaCelebrationofLight.com. Regular priced tickets will be $49 after May 31st.
YVR Business Class Cabanas in the YVR Observation Deck
Back by popular demand, the YVR Business Cabanas return for a second year. The YVR Observation Deck Business Class corporate Cabanas are the perfect location to host guests or a private party. Located on the concourse level, each 10’ x 20’ private hosting area holds 24 guests and offers comfortable seating and complimentary appetizers. Please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Concord Pacific Seawall Challenge
Registration is open now for this year’s Concord Pacific Seawall Challenge. Families and friends can put together teams and engage in fun activities along the seawall for a chance to win over $13,000 in prizing for their schools and their teams, courtesy of Concord Pacific. Click through the festival website to www.concordsocial.ca to register.
Food Truck Festival
The Honda Celebration of Light returns with BC’s largest food truck festival. With more than 50 food vendors on site at English Bay, this will be the largest contingent of food trucks brought together anywhere in the province, providing festival guests with a variety of tasty treats and full meals to satisfy any craving!
For more information and tickets visit www.HondaCelebrationofLight.com
About the Honda Celebration of Light:
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 English Bay each evening. Owned and planned by the volunteer, not for profit Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society, 2016 represents the 26th consecutive year of the event, which contributes in excess of $37 million in incremental tourism and hospitality spending each year. The pyrotechnic competition is produced by Sirius Pyrotechnics, with the Honda Celebration of Light event produced by Vancouver-based brand LIVE Management Group.