This is the best time of the year to visit or live in Vancouver.
Last night was the first in a four night series of fantastic fireworks displays over English Bay. This is the third year I have been fortunate enough to be able to see them as they are held just a couple of blocks from our tiny place here.
This year there was added apprehension about the amount of trash generated on the beach because we are currently living with a strike by city workers with no trash pick-up. Amazingly, the beach is cleaner this morning than in previous years as attendees took most of their trash home with them to show support for continuing the shows. Good job, gang!
The opening evening was produced by Spain:
Canada is up Saturday, China next Wednesday and the grand finale will include all of the competing countries on Saturday, August 4th.
The following day is Vancouver's Gay Pride parade, but that's a whole 'nuther story . . . .