Celebration of Light

Last night I was among the 500,000 people estimated who swarmed to English Bay to watch the Honda Celebration of Light fireworks by the Disney team representing the USA.

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Except I didn’t watch them from the ground. Thanks to very generous friends, I watched them from this apartment building.

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It was a perfect view. There were almost as many boats as people.

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We ventured down while waiting for the show to begin so we could experience the crowds.

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Around 9pm, two fireboats circled around the barge, showing off their impressive water cannons for some pre-show entertainment.

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Once the sun had set, it started to look like Christmas lights on the water with all the boats out there.

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And then at 10pm, the sky lit up with the magic of fireworks set to iconic Disney songs. We sang along to “Under the Sea,” “Let it Go,” “The Circle of Life,” and “When You Wish Upon a Star” (the Disney theme song). They also played the Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Wars theme songs.

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The fireworks didn’t make shapes of Disney characters (no Mickey Mouse or castles in the air) but there were some new things I hadn’t seen before. I loved these gold ones that, once erupted, turned to glistening sponges that lingered in the sky.

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It was a fabulous night and a great way to finish the month of July.

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