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Video + Photos: Here's what the first night of Vancouver's Celebration of Light looked like

"Oooooh, aaaahhhhh," went the crowd for more than 20 minutes.

Last night was the first night of the epic Celebration of Light, and if you live in downtown or northwestern neighbourhoods in Metro Vancouver, you probably already knew that.

The massive fireworks display lit the skies of English Bay Saturday, July 23, to the cheers of thousands of people. The show was put on by Akariya Fireworks, from Japan, and judging by the photos and video posted on social media, it was a spectacular affair.

Check out what locals got from around Vancouver below.


@jeffreyeats #fireworks #celebrationoflights #yvr #vancouver #englishbay #604 ♬ The Greatest Show - Hugh Jackman & Keala Settle & Zac Efron & Zendaya & The Greatest Showman Ensemble





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@sarahellengrieve 📍Celebration of lights, English Bay, Vancouver. One of my favourite parts of summer ✨ #vancouver #celebrationoflights #explorevancouver #vancouversummer #fireworks #summerfireworks #sunsettransition #beach #travel #travelvancouver #beachside #cooltransition ♬ Still Don't Know My Name - Labrinth


@fitjuae912 It was fabulous😱🎇 Don't forget the next firework shows!! #hondacelebrationoflight #hondafestival #hondafireworks #fireworks #fireworksinvancouver #vancouverlife #bc #beautifulbritishcolumbia ♬ original sound - 주애🇰🇷Juae🇨🇦


Afterward the police were on hand to encourage people to head home.

If you want to see the whole performance, this YouTuber shot a 25-minute video.

And if you want to know a bit more about the Celebration of Lights, check out our own Bob Kronbauer's TikTok.

@bcisawesome It’s not summer in Vancouver without the annual fireworks! #bchistorywithbobk #vancouverbc #fireworks ♬ original sound - BC Is Awesome


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