There’s no Coal Harbour NYE fireworks show this year but the future is bright

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There will be no fireworks show at Coal Harbour this New Year’s Eve, but a bigger and better celebration is in the works.

Vancouver New Year’s Eve Celebration Society has announced the Concord NYE fireworks celebration, held annually Dec. 31, is taking a one-year hiatus in preparation for a new “elevated and magical” show.

Debuting Dec, 31, 2020, the countdown fireworks celebration will be relocated to Concord Pacific Place and East False Creek. Photo: VNYECS

Debuting Dec. 31, 2020, the countdown celebration will be relocated to Concord Pacific Place and East False Creek — the inner harbour area between the Cambie Street Bridge and Science World at TELUS World of Science.

“This elevated experience will truly be a new magical event for Vancouver, and will allow Concord’s NYE to grow into one of the world’s top celebrations,” said Dani Pretto, chair of the VNYECS.

“The new home at East False Creek provides us with the greater flexibility required to fully exercise our ambitions of staging an accessible, world-class event that sparks inspiration, a sense of place, and civic pride.”

Pretto said an immense level of support is needed to stage major citywide events on the scale of Concord’s NYE and the not-for-profit organization is turning its attention and efforts to planning the new event.

“We appreciate the public’s patience and understanding that this will be well worth the wait,” he said.

At its new location, the countdown celebration promises to evolve into a dazzling ballet of fireworks using multiple barges, setting it apart from Concord’s NYE’s previous fireworks at Coal Harbour and other fireworks events in the city.

Debuting Dec, 31, 2020, the countdown fireworks celebration will be relocated to Concord Pacific Place and East False Creek. Photo: VNYECS

Moreover, the exterior lighting displays of buildings that include Science World and areas of Concord Pacific Place will be fully synchronized with the fireworks, marking the first time ever lighting displays on the ground and in the air will be used for a fully-integrated outdoor night-time spectacular.

Concord’s NYE has quickly grown into becoming not only one of Vancouver’s largest flagship events, but also one of the largest New Year’s Eve celebrations in all of Canada.

“We are proud of what we have accomplished at our Coal Harbour location over the last four years, and we thank the community and all of our partners, especially Concord Pacific, for their elevated support for 2020,” Pretto said.

Further details on the new home of NYE in Vancouver and event programming will be announced in 2020. VNYECS will be working closely with the City of Vancouver to develop detailed logistical plans and acquire necessary permitting.

To keep Vancouver’s New Year’s Eve spirit alive ahead of the inaugural year of the new major celebration, pop-up community celebrations to ring in 2020 are planned for yet-to-be-announced locations. VNYECS will announce further details on the mini-celebrations closer to December 31, 2019.

For continued updates, visit Concords NYE Vancouver.