Who doesn't love fireworks? Obviously, Vancouver does.
The city's biggest firework festival is back for summer 2022, and residents and businesses alike are looking forward to the highly anticipated event.
The three competing nations at the Honda Celebration of Lights have remained a mystery until an April 28 announcement. The three competing teams' countries are Japan, Canada and Spain.
Japan's Akariya Fireworks will kick off the firework festival on July 23. Canada's Midnight Sun will go next with a display the following week on July 27. Pirotecnia Zaragozana from Spain will end the festival on July 30.
Each team will have local Vancouver members as well as representatives from each country.
The countries were confirmed to take part in the 2020 festival, but the festival was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now they are back for the festival's 30th anniversary.
"We are thrilled to welcome Japan and Spain back to the competition. And of course we're always excited to see Canada compete. No doubt it's going to be another incredible year," says Zak Khokhar district vice president for Scotiabank, a partner in the event.
This year's event will feature more than fantastic fireworks and there will be activities for everyone to enjoy.
"New this year is our family-friendly area at Morton Park, featuring live music, food trucks and activities for all ages," says Michael McKnight, co-chair of the Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society.
Celebration of Lights regulars the Canadian Forces Snowbirds will also be back to put on an air show.