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Celebration of Light in Vancouver pushed another year due to COVID-19

Last Updated May 3, 2021 at 7:31 am PDT

FILE PHOTO (Photo courtesy: Celebration of Light)

Ongoing pandemic means Celebration of Light fireworks show not going ahead in summer of 2021

Celebration of Light organizers say it's 'simply not feasible this year to deliver the event in a safe manner'

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The three-day Honda Celebration of Light fireworks spectacle that has lit up the night sky over Vancouver’s English Bay every summer for decades will not be going ahead this summer.

The Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society says the event is being “postponed” until July 23, 27, and 30 in 2022 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“We understand the impact this decision will have on participating teams, the musicians and performers, our exhibitors, partners, sponsors and guests, but it’s simply not feasible this year to deliver the event in a safe manner,” said Michael McKnight, co-chair of the festival society.

The fireworks show, which draws hundreds of thousands of people to the beaches and areas surrounding English Bay, has been running for nearly three decades.

It is the longest-running offshore fireworks competition in the world and has hosted dozens of countries each summer since 1990.

While the festival society had been hoping to have an alternative kind of celebration, it is promising a “bigger and better than ever” return next year for its 30th season.

The Celebration of Light’s 2020 event was called off in April of last year due to the pandemic and public health orders placing restrictions on large gatherings.