Charlottetown to host biggest fireworks show in Canada

Dave Stewart
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For 2014, two barges will be stationed one kilometre apart in the Charlottetown harbour, making Canada Day fireworks very visible from Victoria Park, Confederation Landing Park (where the P.E.I. 2014 Inc. celebration zone is located) and the Charlottetown Event Grounds.

Even Mother Nature is getting excited about the grand finale on Canada Day.

The weather forecast is calling for hot temperatures and clear skies when the fireworks go off over Charlottetown on Tuesday night.

Organizers say the capital city’s waterfront will be lit up like never before as Canada Day is capped off with the largest fireworks display in the country. The show is set to begin about 10 p.m.

That’s right — the country. In years past, organizers would always boast the display of pyrotechnics was the best in eastern Canada.

Not this year. Not with Prince Edward Island celebrating the 150th anniversary of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference, a meeting that led to the creation of a nation.

There will be two fireworks shows this year, going off at the exact same time.

Two barges will be stationed one kilometre apart in the Charlottetown harbour, making the fireworks very visible from Victoria Park, Confederation Landing Park (where the P.E.I. 2014 Inc. celebration zone is located) and the Charlottetown Event Grounds.

Organizers say this year’s fireworks feature shapes and colours come from the best shell manufacturers in Spain, Italy, Portugal and China and will shoot more than 1,000 feet into the Charlottetown skyline.

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Canada, Eastern Canada.Not Prince Edward Island Victoria Park Confederation Landing Park Spain Italy Portugal China

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  • Brenda Pollard
    July 03, 2014 - 09:13

    The fireworks were AWESOME! My eyes were busy trying to watch the fireworks from the park & down by the waterfront at the same time.. Had a great distant & close-up view & loved the synchronized timing of both. We were parked by the bridge near No Frills & had a great view. Very impressed. I hear negative comments but I reply..."If you were blind you would have missed out on this spectacular event". Proud to be a Canadian & love PEI. GREAT FIREWORKS DISPLAY>>>>>THANK YOU!

  • Joke Naysayers
    July 03, 2014 - 08:35

    Great turn out, great crowds enjoyed the fireworks displays and the various events around the waterfront. Money well spent as demonstrated by many people who enjoyed the show.

  • Danica
    July 02, 2014 - 13:32

    I was actually disappointed with the fireworks this year, it was 13 minutes long and the sky was all smoky from the fireworks going off, they were not as good as last years in my opinion. Not a great variety. Hopefully next years will be worth the money that is spent

  • Wendy Grant
    July 02, 2014 - 00:42

    I have to say i had a birds eye view from Rocky Point for the fire works, and i kept watching to see when the biggest and brighest and loudess fire works would begin. Sad to say it didn;t happen, it was a flop and a big dissapointment for all the hype it was given. lasted all of 12 minutes Sad UP CHARLOTTETOWN

  • Brian
    July 01, 2014 - 21:54

    gotta say...that was aweful. To boast that this evening's fireworks were the best Canada would offer tonite?????. I hope Ghiz got these for free. terrible in comparison to previous years. terrible in comparison to even Summerside or Rustico shows. stop BS;ing us. please and thank you.

  • Scrooges move to the USA
    July 01, 2014 - 18:30

    All you Scrooges, move down south. Enjoy the fireworks folks!

  • Joke Naysayers
    July 01, 2014 - 15:29

    To all the naysayers, there is PLENTY done for the poor of this province. We don't have to sell off our fireworks to buy Tim's and Cigarettes for all the usual suspects hanging around Charlottetown's street corners all day. They'll be just fine. Lighten up and enjoy life a little.

    • Single parent and widow
      July 01, 2014 - 17:14

      I'm a single parent of a 2 year old and widow a recent widow. I'm working and receiving far less than I need from community services. I'm thankful for the help but it's so hard. I do not spend my time on the streets smoking and drinking Tim's. You couldn't be more ignorant.

    • The Observer from Stratford
      July 01, 2014 - 20:37

      @joke. Do you have any idea how much your thoughtless comment has hurt the many who rely (yes rely) on public assistance to enable their families and themselves to survive? You owe 'single parent and widow' an apology. You can feel how much your mean remarks have hurt her.

  • laughingatothers
    July 01, 2014 - 13:18

    Its really a blast and also funny reading all your guys comments, you know what grow up and and who cares what we do , even though its our taxe money its Canada Day people celebrate it and stop your whining and being a bunch of Ebenezer Scrooge's.

    • Bob MacDonald
      July 01, 2014 - 15:41

      I agree not all our money has to be spent of health care. Anyone doing up a home budget knows for you mental health you need to have a night out now and again. Most people love it as can be seen by the crowds.

  • Deon
    July 01, 2014 - 10:36

    It's amazing and sad at the sametime. Those fireworks could have fed the whole province for a year. It's so sad the priorities are backwards. Rich get richer and poor get poorer .

  • The Observer from Stratford
    July 01, 2014 - 09:30

    For anyone wanting to see the fireworks in their full splendour don't go to either the Event Grounds or Victoria Park. Both locations will likely be only be able to see one half of the show. Best bet is down by Confederation Landing/Celebration Zone pier, the walkway at the Convention Centre and across the harbour on the Stratford side where both shows should spread out before you.

  • jen
    July 01, 2014 - 09:28

    Wouldn't it be great to see this money (tax payers money) go toward our mental health and addictions care rather than blow it all up for approximately one hour of entertainment. But this is what I would expect from our province. Happy Canada Day.

  • keith
    July 01, 2014 - 09:04

    What time to start?

  • stunned
    July 01, 2014 - 08:17

    Imagine how many bags of apples this could have bought for kids, and adults for that matter, who do not get a proper diet. We sit back and ,let this happen, - we are to blame for this extravaganza as much as the foolish decision makers, - we elected them.

  • Alfie
    July 01, 2014 - 08:12

    THE BEAUTY OF ALL THIS IS OUR GENEROUITY, - MOST OF THE $29 mill. will be send off Island to event co-ordinators in Toronto, performers from all over who will leave after the show and to the fireworks makers in Spain, Portugal & China, just to mention the ones we know of. Pure folly all around. Happy Canada Day Mr. Ghiz and Mr. Lee, - hope you enjoy it all.

  • J
    July 01, 2014 - 06:23

    I love the way we waste money here on PEI!

  • Clyde
    June 30, 2014 - 23:37

    Did you know that your tax dollars are paying for this 'PARTY' and we can't afford it?...and why would we want to be the biggest when we're the smallest province so the least 'tax payers' will actually see it???? And a co-worker from Summerside went last year and had to wait 45 min. to leave Charlottetown, having to work the next day so he said he would not be going again.

    • BringItOn
      July 01, 2014 - 08:52

      wow, there you go. The fireworks should definitely be cancelled; some dude from Summerside had a long trip back home and (shudder) he had to work the next day! Cancel it all!

  • Ellen
    June 30, 2014 - 19:22

    That's fantastic... this must be why the province cut funding to smaller community events this year, to "encourage" attendance at the biggest celebration in Canada. Doesn't make me feel very proud to be a Canadian.

    • Bob MacDonald
      July 01, 2014 - 15:39

      Apparently you don't get out much or you would have noticed all the money they have been spending in small communities. Small Halls Festival is the first thing that pops into my head and yes I went to one at both ends of the Island.

  • GRANT MACDONALD
    June 30, 2014 - 19:18

    John A Macdonald & The Boys on PEI https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/john-a.-macdonald-boys-on/id664609891

  • don
    June 30, 2014 - 16:11

    did you know that we are in a high fire rating and ALL permits are void. and fire works can start a fire

    • Did you know
      June 30, 2014 - 18:55

      Did you know don will whine about any story no matter how irrelevant his comments are.

    • huh
      July 01, 2014 - 08:48

      did you also know the fireworks are being shot over water? Your next post will mention wind, so I will save you the trouble: Significant wind would cancel the vent.

    • Belfast Guy
      July 02, 2014 - 09:04

      How does one go about starting a fire in the middle of the Charlottetown harbour ? Fireworks were great, enjoyed them very much. I am sure those who go to Tim's will still have coffee the morning after, just witnessed a fresh pot being brewed.