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Fireworks festival cancelled in Vancouver for 2nd year due to pandemic

COVID-19 forces organizers to call off the three-day Honda Celebration of Light for a second straight summer.

City skies will remain dark for another summer as Honda Celebration of Light sets sights on 2022

Spectators watch the 2019 Celebration of Light performance in Vancouver, the last time the event took place. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

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

The Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society says the three-day Honda Celebration of Light fireworks event has been called off for 2021, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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

In years past, roughly 400,000 people crowded the shores of Vancouver's English Bay each night of the festival to watch the fireworks.

The event was also cancelled last year, which would have been its 30th anniversary.

Organizers say Honda Canada will remain the sponsor when the event goes ahead next year, and they promise the festival will be "bigger and better than ever.''

In the meantime, Michael McKnight, co-chair of the festival society, is calling on disappointed fireworks fans to stay safe.

Crowds in English Bay at the 2017 event. Each night can draw as many as 400,000 spectators, organizers say. (David Horemans/CBC)

"We understand the impact this decision will have on participating teams, the musicians and performers, our exhibitors, partners, sponsors and guests, but it's simply not feasible this year to deliver the event in a safe manner,'' McKnight said in the statement.

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