Organizers for Vancouver’s most iconic summer event – the Honda Celebration of Light – are celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday by featuring iconic Canadian crooners in the world-famous three-night fireworks competition. 

This year’s competitors -  Japan, the United Kingdom and Canada - will each get to choose one of the following songs to incorporate into their performance this summer: 

  • “Ahead By A Century” – The Tragically Hip
  • “Hallelujah” – Leonard Cohen
  • “Summer of ’69” – Bryan Adams

Which country will be using which song? That’s a surprise! Japan, the United Kingdom and home team Canada are set to dazzle the skies on Saturday, July 29th, Wednesday, August 2nd and Saturday, August 5th, respectively, in the world’s longest running offshore fireworks competition. So grab your picnic blanket, or get tickets to one of the many viewing parties, and get ready for the show which starts at 10 pm each night. 

The Honda Celebration of Light is the largest public event in British Columbia and the longest-running offshore fireworks competition in the world. It attracts up to 400,000 spectators along English Bay each of the three evenings it takes place. Owned and planned by the volunteer, not for profit Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society, 2017 represents the 27th consecutive year of the event, which contributes in excess of $40 million in incremental tourism and hospitality spending each year. 

For more information, and tickets to VIP viewing areas, visit

Celebration of Light