07/31/2013 03:10 EDT | Updated 07/31/2013 10:53 EDT

Vancouver Fireworks: Canada's Turn


It's going to be another busy night for Celebration of Light spectators Wednesday as Canada's entry lights up the sky across English Bay.

Tonight's pyrotechnical extravaganza will be preceded by entertainment that promises to be just as exhilarating: an air acrobatics show performed by Canada's top-ranked competitive pilot.

Red Bull pilot Pete McLeod will thrill spectators with a series of death-defying loops, spins and turns starting at 8:10 p.m.

I refrain from even calling them stunts,” McLeod told Metro News, saying his work is all about precision and control, and that, though there is an element of risk, what he does really isn't as scary as it looks.

Flying is in McLeod's blood: his first trip in a plane was at just six weeks old, and he was a qualified aerobatic instructor by 18. In 2007, he became one of the youngest pilots in the world to hold an unrestricted surface level aerobatic waiver for high performance aerobatics.

Other entertainment Wednesday includes performances by Fred Eaglesmith and Daniel Wesley.

Be warned: congestion and traffic will be exacerbated tonight as Jay Z and Justin Timberlake fans pack out B.C. Place on the eastern end of False Creek.

Police estimated Saturday's opening crowds at between 250,000 to 300,000. They reported a relatively quiet night for infractions, with 612 liquor pour outs, 35 liquor seizures and eight unspecified weapons seizures.

For more information on the best viewing spots and how to deal with the crowds, check out HuffPost B.C.'s fireworks survival guide.

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