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This is the Most Awesome FREE EVENT in Vancouver in 2014

You'd be hard pressed to find another event that is loved by more Vancouverites, and which more accurately defines summer in our city, than the Honda Celebration of Light fireworks competition.

mostawesome2014 You'd be hard pressed to find another event that is loved by more Vancouverites, and which more accurately defines summer in our city, than the Honda Celebration of Light fireworks competition. For the past five years I've had the honour of sitting on the judging panel that chooses the yearly winner. The panel also includes city councillors and representatives from the event sponsors like Concord Pacific and Honda. We take in each of the shows put on by international pyrotechnic teams and choose the winners who walk away with a trophy and the honour of being the best of the best. I'm often asked “how do you even judge fireworks?”, and believe it or not there is an incredibly technical point system in place, broken down into five categories which help us decide the winner. Of course, the most important factor is which of the the teams put on the most entertaining show for those who enjoy what I think is the most awesome free event that happens in Vancouver every year.

The fireworks have been a part of Vancouver summers since 1990, with an estimated average attendance of 1.4 million people each year. Residents and visitors gather on the shores of English Bay, across the bridges, in nearby high-rises, and all the way over in Kitsilano and UBC to be dazzled. If you've lived in this city for any amount of time I imagine you've watched them from many vantage points; as long as you've got a radio nearby and can tune into the simulcast in the company of friends, you're guaranteed a great time. In recent years the event organizers, BRANDlive, have added a few layers of awesomeness to the event including a free concert series with multiple stages, and performances by Red Bull stunt planes and professional fly boarders. They've even added bleacher seating which you can pay a little bit for and be sure that you'll have one of the best views of the show.

 Photo: Christine McAvoyPhoto: Christine McAvoy


This is one of our Editor's Picks! Check out all of the winners of Most Awesome Awards from the Readers Choice below.

2014 Most Awesome Awards - Readers Choice

By Vancouver Is Awesome

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  • Most Awesome Building Manager

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    John Davis!

  • Most Awesome Teenager

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    Tomas Lang!

  • Most Awesome Amateur Sports League

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    Terminal City Roller Girls!

  • Most Awesome Sharing Advocate

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    Joni McKervey!

  • Most Awesome Good Will Ambassador

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    Bif Naked!

  • Most Awesome Graphic Design Advocates

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    Ross Milne and Grace Partridge!

  • Most Awesome Doctor

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    Doctor Julio Montaner!

  • Most Awesome Charitable Entrepreneur

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    Ken Lyotier of United We Can!

  • Most Awesome Sports Fans

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    Vancouver Whitecaps FC supporters!

  • Most Awesome Librarian

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    Sheila Mclean!

  • Most Awesome Free Thing

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    The Vancouver Public Library!

  • Most Awesome Walking Bridge

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    The one in East Van featured in The Raymur Mothers!

  • Most Awesome Place to Regain Faith in Humanity

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    Sol Convenience Store!

  • Most Awesome Public Park

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    Stanley Park!

  • Most Awesome Knitters

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    Knit Social!

  • Most Awesome TV Show

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    My Little Pony - Friendship is Magic!

  • Most Awesome Soup

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    Peaceful Noodle's Spicy Tangy Dumpling Soup!

  • Most Awesome FREE Music Event Series

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  • Most Awesome Ocean Conservation Program

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    The Vancouver Aquarium's Ocean Wise!

  • Most Awesome Local Food Advocate

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    Chad Brealey from Salt, Fresh & Field!

  • Most Awesome Animal Rights Organization

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    The BC SPCA's Vancouver branch!

  • Most Awesome Kitchen Rescue Organization

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