It's been a while since we've enjoyed a full day out with the kids, without having to look at rentals, dealing with selling our townhouse and negotiating our newest property purchase.  Not to mention doing some last minute touch-ups to our townhouse to make sure it's in good shape on completion.  More about the craziness in another post...

Saturday was the day that was all about family.  Okay, I lied.  My morning started with a couple of appointments to look at rental properties for us to live in while our new house is being renovated.  There's not very many landlords that are willing to rent their suites out for 3-4 months, so it's been a LONG and tedious task.  After practically wasting my morning, I picked up the rest of the family for a second and third appointment.  The plan was to go home and start some of the touch-ups at the townhouse, but we ended up driving by a street festival and obviously we had to go!  By this time, my phone battery was dying (thanks Pokemon Go!), so I didn't get to take any photos (I guess I should start bringing my camera with me).

After the street festival, we headed to English Bay to watch The Netherlands work their magic at the Honda Celebration of Light.  Not only were we lucky enough to find parking right on the beach, but we were able to watch the fireworks from the family-friendly YVR Observation Deck (highly recommended!).  Tickets start at only $49 (plus taxes and fees) and include:
  • Background music + fireworks soundtrack simulcast
  • Access to cash bar and food service
  • Dedicated washroom facilities
  • Reserved bleacher-style seating
  • All-ages licensed area, with an alcohol-free zone by request

There is also limited, complimentary accessible seating on the top deck of the YVR Observation Deck (must call for inquiries).  We brought the stroller for Zoe and was able to leave it with security in a gated entrance to the deck from the beach.

We caught all the fun on my Snapchat account (add me --> kristina.cross), including when I dropped my phone under the bleachers!  Don't worry...my phone is okay, but the experience Jadon and I had retrieving it was hilarious (think crawling through a space big enough for only Jadon haha!).  Gary couldn't stop talking about how watching the fireworks from the YVR Observation Deck was the best time he'd had at the fireworks....EVER!  I have to agree 100% and the cash bar was a great addition haha!

Make sure you reserve your tickets now for the next two showings:
  • Wednesday, July 27th - Australia
  • Saturday, July 30th - USA
The deck opens up for both showings at 6:30pm.  I'd recommend getting your wristbands first (from the top of the deck, accessible from the street), and then stroll along the beach and enjoy the food trucks before setting on the deck.  If you end up watching the fireworks show(s) from the YVR Observation Deck, I'd love to hear about your experience!


Disclosure:  All opinions in this review remain my own and do not reflect the opinions or views of Honda Celebration of Light, the Vancouver Airport Authority, and/or their affiliates.  We received complimentary passes to the YVR Observation Deck in order to conduct this review.

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