Fireworks festival canceled for the second straight year in Vancouver due to COVID-19 epidemic

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Fireworks explode behind the Vancouver skyline as a fireworks team from Croatia sets off on the final night of the Honda Festival of Light.

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One of the largest and most popular summer celebrations in Vancouver has been canceled for the second year in a row.

The Vancouver Fireworks Festival society says the three-day Honda Celebration of Light Crackers event has been closed for 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement, the society says the celebration will be back in 2022, with dates already on 23, 27 and 30 July.

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Over the years, nearly 400,000 people crowded the Vancouver English shores on each night of the festival to watch fireworks.

The event was also canceled last year, marking its 30th anniversary.

Organizers say that Honda Canada will continue to sponsor when the event moves forward next year, and they promise that the festival will be “bigger and better than ever.”

Meanwhile, Festival Society co-president, Michael McKnight, is calling on fireworks fans disappointed to be safe.

“We understand that the decision will have an impact on the participating teams, musicians and artists, our exhibitors, partners, sponsors and guests, but this year it is not possible to safely execute the event,” McKnight said in the statement.

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