our history

creating a festival to match the fireworks

Originally named the “Symphony of Fire”, the Honda Celebration of Light has come a long way in 27 years. Recognized as the longest running off-shore fireworks festival in the world, we have hosted dozens of countries to compete each year in a spectacular fireworks display.

Our event’s core purpose is to spark togetherness, as we welcome over 1.3 million regional and international visitors every summer to sample local food, experience live music performances, and finally soak in the wonder of the fireworks. This year marks a special change in programming as each fireworks team will design their performance to incorporate 1 of 3 Canadian songs voted in by our followers on social media. The three songs will commemorate classic Canadian music content including the Tragically Hip, Bryan Adams, and Leonard Cohen.

The Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society

Is the not-for-profit society that oversees the Celebration of Light Fireworks Festival, the largest offshore fireworks competition in the world. Established in 2001 and run by a dedicated volunteer Board of Directors, the primary aim of the Society is to bring the community together for a free family fun event and to ensure the long lasting sustainability of the event in Vancouver.

Meet our Board 

Co-Chair Paul Tilbury
Co-Chair Heather Owen
Peter Jackman
Michael McDaniel
Ryan Black
Michael McKnight
Matthew Cross
Yuri Fulmer
Rick Cluff
City Liaison:  Wendy Au
Park Board Liaison:  Malcolm Bromley

SIRIUS PYROTECHNIC

Provide display, consulting, production and design services to major events and corporations worldwide. They produce and compete globally at major fireworks festivals and are constantly improving their skills and designing new effects for the fireworks industry.

BRANDLIVE MANAGEMENT GROUP

Is a leading event production and creative agency, based in Vancouver, Canada delivering award-winning work for a diverse portfolio of local, national, and international clients. They know the best solutions often come from the most unlikely places, so they bring together a diverse team and an extensive list of in-house services, with a curatorial approach to each event they produce.

Celebration of Music

Whether you plant yourself at the Park Stage at Second Beach or catch a set from the Bathhouse Roof at English Bay, we've got a selection of BC based talent fit for any time of day.

Celebration of Light

We're ready to spark some fun this summer. After exploring the festival get ready to sit back, gaze at the night sky, and soak in the fireworks spectacular.

Celebration of Food

We know you're hungry! We've got a selection of the best food on 4 wheels. Bring your appetite and get ready to consume our wide selection of Food Truck offerings by local BC businesses.