Here in Toronto, July 1st, Canada Day, is cause for celebration! Falling on a Tuesday this year, this sunny, warm long weekend marks the beginning of summer. Special events will be held throughout the city to celebrate the country's 147th birthday – that's nearly a century and a half of red and white pride. Read on to find out how to celebrate this holiday the right way in Toronto.
Canada Day Extravaganza
The city's Harbourfront Centre is hosting an extravaganza in honour of the holiday! Running throughout the entire weekend, there will be a SoundClash Music Award Showcase, a performance by popular guitarist and singer Bombino and more. The Maple Leaf Forever will see attendees dressed in white and red creating a human Canadian flag and, for a second year running, the OLG Canada Eve Fireworks will light up the night sky with an exciting 20-minute display.
Multicultural Canada Day
Perfect for families, Multicultural Canada Day is running at Yonge and Dundas Square from 12 to 9pm on July 1st. Hosted by the Community Folk Art Council of Toronto, this event celebrates Canada's diversity through an incredible range of cultural dance performances. Come broaden your horizons while also enjoying arts, crafts, food and more.
Canada Day at Mel Lastman Square
What better way to celebrate your country than with dance, live music, a range of family activities and a beautiful fireworks show? From 5 to 1030pm, Toronto's Mel Lastman Square will be alive with patriotism, offering everything from a performance by Zero Gravity Circus, face painting, Canadian flag tattoo art, an appearance by Justin Rutledge and more. The fireworks start at 1015pm sharp.
Canada Day at Queen's Park
From 10am to 5pm, Queen's Park will be offering great entertainment and performances in honour of Canada's birthday. Bring your kids or friends to enjoy a farmer's market, midway rides, face painting, as well as a 21-gun salute at midday.
Ontario's most loved theme park, Canada's Wonderland is known for their spectacular Canada Day fireworks display and it gets better every year! It takes place at 10pm, weather permitted. Located in Vaughan, the show is designed specifically for the theme park and is one of a kind.
A top Toronto festival, Ribfest occurs annually at Centennial Park and ends on Canada Day! Running from June 27th to July 1st, the last day's fireworks finish the holiday off with a bang. Come on out to enjoy a midway, music, family fun, mouthwatering ribs and more.
When it's Canada Day in the city, there is no shortage of great events to pick and choose from. Whether you prefer a laid back family festival afternoon, a cultural experience, live music or to take in some fireworks in the evening, Toronto's ready for you.