Charlottetown to host biggest fireworks show in Canada

Dave Stewart dstewart@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on June 30, 2014
Canada Day fireworks
Jason Malloy

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.