'Surprise' 4th of July private fireworks display at Stanley Park's Third Beach tonight

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It appears that fireworks will light up Vancouver’s skies tonight to celebrate the 4th of July, American Independence Day.

The City of Vancouver has confirmed that there will be a sanctioned private, five-minute-long fireworks display at 10 p.m. near Third Beach in Stanley Park.

The private group has received the necessary permits and approvals to put on a safe private fireworks display. There is no fire risk as the show will take place on a barge over water, similar to Canada Day and the Celebration of Light.

This coincides with Vancouver’s heavy American presence with the FIFA Women’s World Cup Championship Final scheduled for tomorrow at B.C. Place. Tens of thousands of American visitors have already arrived in the city to attend the much-anticipated match between the United States and Japan.

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Fireworks also exploded over Coal Harbour on last year’s July 4. There was speculation that the 2014 display was organized by the NFL Seattle Seahawks who were visiting the city and celebrating their SuperBowl win.

Residents are reminded that for safety purposes, permits are required to host private fireworks displays.

Due to extreme heat and tinder dry conditions, there is a general campfire, fireworks and open burning ban across the province. The fire danger rating within the City of Vancouver, including Stanley Park, was also recently upgraded to ‘extreme’.

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