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Do people actually enjoy the Honda Celebration of Light fireworks in Vancouver?

Vancouverites weigh in on the annual tradition.
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Last night, July 30, was the final instalment of the 2022 Honda Celebration of Light fireworks but do Vancouverites actually like hosting them?

Last night, July 30, was the final evening of the three-day event culminating in a stunning display by the team from Spain. But do Vancouverites actually enjoy hosting the fireworks every year?

Over the last week, people have been posting photos of the crowds on social media and expressing frustration at trying to leave English Bay or the Downtown core after the show. It's estimated that before the pandemic the Honda Celebration of Light drew 400,000 people to the beaches and seawall to watch. While the numbers may be reduced this year after a two-year hiatus, there were certainly more than enough people to cause delays. Luckily this year there were very few incidents according to VPD and the Vancouver Fire Department.

The week of fireworks is now in its 30th year and the impressive pyrotechnics are painstakingly designed and planned before being set off into the night sky from a barge in English Bay. 

The fireworks can be seen and heard from vantages across Metro Vancouver and to find out if this is a welcome addition to our city's lineup of free events or frustrating noise pollution in disguise, Vancouver Is Awesome polled 631 readers and asked the question: Do you like the Honda Celebration of Light?

The poll ran from July 24 to July 29 and of the 631 votes, we can determine that 401 are from within the community. An overwhelming majority of 65.6 per cent of people enjoy the fireworks and think it's a great free event and only 34 per cent of locals think it's loud and annoying.

Yes, it's a great, free event 65.59 % local, 66.24 % total    
No, it's loud and annoying 34.41 % local, 33.76 % total    
  Local   Total

Results are based on an online study of adult Vancouver Is Awesome readers located in Vancouver. The margin of error - which measures sample variability - is +/- 3.9%, 19 times out of 20.

Vancouver Is Awesome uses a variety of techniques to capture data, detect and prevent fraudulent votes, detect and prevent robots, and filter out non-local and duplicate votes.

With files from Maria Diment and Brendan Kergin.