07/23/2014 05:05 EDT | Updated 07/28/2014 10:59 EDT

Vancouver Fireworks Celebration Of Light: What You Need To Know

The Honda Celebration of Light is fast approaching — are you ready?

Vancouver's 2014 edition of the annual fireworks event kicks off on July 26 and also runs July 30 and August 2. As the chance to watch the U.S.A., France, and Japan compete for the winning title draws closer, here's what you need to know:

Vehicle access

Vehicles will be restricted starting at 6:30 p.m. in Kits Point and 7:30 p.m. for the West End, meaning only residents with parking decals for the neighbourhood, or with car registration displaying the neighbourhood, will be allowed through.

Pedestrian routes

If you're walking, exit routes will be posted in the West End:

  • Burnaby Street to access the Burrard and Waterfront Stations
  • Beach Avenue to access Yaletown Station
  • Guilford Street to access Georgia Street bus routes

To help you meet up with friends and family, there will be large letter signs placed along English Bay.

Other important stuff:

There will be complimentary bike valet service at Sunset Beach.

Boaters must carry their licence with them at all times.

There will be recycling and garbage bins set up on the beaches, so use them!

Open alcohol is not permitted on the beaches, on streets, or in parks.

Smoking is not permitted on beaches or in parks.

High tide

Be aware of the tide schedule (signs will be posted along the beach to indicate where high tide will hit):

  • July 26: High tide: 14.4 ft at 7:30 p.m.
  • July 30: High tide: 14.4 ft at 9:15 p.m.
  • August 2: High tide: 14.1 ft at 10:43 p.m.

Have fun!

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