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Canada Day in Niagara

There are so many different ways to celebrate Canada Day in Niagara, what are you going to choose to do?

Some of my favorite Canada Days were in my twenties.  Well, actually most of my favorite days were in my twenties.  I remember taking off with my buddies to Long Beach, Wainfleet and getting mildly inebriated, swimming in the surf and sun tanning all day long, and then watching the fireworks over the canal in Port Colborne.  Now, with two little kids in tow my priorities have altered a bit and I’m looking for sandboxes and inflatables, and the fireworks are too loud, that’s if anyone manages to stay up for them.

For years my family and all of our neighbours have been celebrating with our own community Canada Day Parade.  It’s super cute.  Everyone tricks out their horses, trucks, bicycles, ATV’s, lawnmowers with flags, balloons and red and white ribbons and parade them down the only street with a traffic light.  It’s not even a traffic light, it’s a yield light.  Then we all sing O’Canada, eat a hotdog and bounce on the bouncy castle. Well not me, of course, I’m over the height requirement, they say.

No matter what you’re looking to do this Canada Day in Niagara, there seems to be something to suit just about anybody’s taste, in all parts of the region.  From intimate winery barbeques, live music and festivals, and kid-friendly events, it’s here and it’s happening this Friday.  How are you going to celebrate?

Please keep in mind there is a fire ban right now, so no DIY fireworks or bonfires.  You may get fined.  I’m not sure how the celebrations are going to handle the fireworks, so you may want to check ahead.

Here’re the Local’s Picks for Canada Day

Something unique:

Niagara Parks is closing the street to cars, making a part of the Parkway pedestrian-only.  They will be hosting a Canada Day One World Music Concert in Queen Victoria Park with music dance and a fireworks show.  Fireworks will be every night up to July 4th.

Niagara-on-the-Lake celebrates Canada’s history at Fort George with historical, interactive exhibits, musket and artillery demos and entertainment by the 41st Regiment of Foot Fife and Drum Corps.  There’s a parade starting at 3pm along Queen St, ending at Simcoe Park. You can also celebrate the life of Laura Secord at her homestead in Queenston.

Something Special:

Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery is having their annual Canada Day at the Farm.  It starts at 5pm, bring a lawn chair and be hungry. $5 Menu: Beef on Weck, Goat’s Cheese on Focaccia, Sausage on a bun, BBQ Pulled Pork, Arugula & Strawberry Salad. Fireworks are at 10pm.  This is a family-friendly event.

Something Artsy:

Artistry by the Lake is a three-day art sales event at Queen’s Royal Park in NOTL, featuring paintings, sculpture, fibre arts, jewellery, photography, pottery, glass, wood, etc.  Free Admission.

Loud and proud:

Niagara Falls is having a huge to-do all along Queen St. Downtown with live music all day, vendors, a parade and the ScotiaBank Centre is hosting a Free children’s area with rides, face painting, inflatables, Legoland play area and more.

5Km Run for St. John’s Ambulance at Oakes Park, Morrison Street

  • 8:00 am – Registration at Oakes Park.
  • 9:00 am – Run/Walk begins.

Downtown NF – Parade

  • 9:00 am – Citizenship Ceremony at the Seneca Queen Theatre.
  • 10:00 am – 11:00 am – Niagara Falls Concert Band in front of the Niagara Falls Public Library on Victoria Avenue.
  • 11:00 am – Parade begins with Parka from Parks Canada as Grand Marshall.
  • 12:20 pm – Parade ends at Queen Street and St. Clair Avenue.

Main Stage at City Hall

  • Free birthday cake, while supplies last!
  • Free caricatures, free face painting, free Henna tattoos, free raffle at City Hall
  • Live music all day
  • 12:30 pm – Opening Ceremonies.
  • 1:00 pm – Chicago Transit (Chicago tribute band).
  • 2:00 pm – Rookie.
  • 3:00 pm – The Kings.
  • 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm – Live music continues.

Niagara Arts Showcase

Local public art on display and for sale at Queen Street and St. Clair Avenue to Ontario Street.  Special performances by Paradisaea Aerial Dance & Cameron Lee.

Car Show

Queen Street from Victoria Avenue to Crysler Avenue.  Sponsored by Brock Ford Sales and Hosted by Cruising on the Q.  The car show ill run from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Children’s Zone at Scotiabank

  • 11:00 am to 4:00 pm – Free Electronic Animal Rides, Free Children’s Inflatables, Free Rock Climbing Wall, Free Family Mini-Putt, Free Face Painting, Reptile Kingdom, Legoland Play Area, Community Group Interactive Displays.
  • 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm – Mad Science Fun Station.
  • 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm – Circus Workshop (Isabella Hoops).
  • 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Mad Science Fun Station.
  • Free inflatables located at Queen Street and Erie Avenue.

Children’s Stage

  • 12:30 pm – Baby Boogie Family Dance Party.
  • 1:00 pm – Bubbeology Show.
  • 1:30 pm – Little Bubby.
  • 1:50 pm – Parka from Parks Canada
  • 2:00 pm – Mad Science Show.
  • 2:30 pm – Princesses Elsa, Anna & Rapunzel (photos after).
  • 3:00 pm – Story Time
  • 3:30 pm – Ringmaster K & Kiki the Clown.

Ontario Street Entertainment

  • 12:30 pm – Kobbler Jay.
  • 1:00 pm – Flint & Isabella Show.
  • 1:30 pm – The Steve Goodtime Show.
  • 1:50 pm – Rumba Gipsy.
  • 2:30 pm – Treblaires Ladies Show Choir.
  • 3:00 pm – The Steve Goodtime Show.
  • 3:30 pm – Kobbler Jay

St Clair Avenue

  • 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00pm – Busker; The Mighty Mike Show.
  • Appearances by Matt Anthony, Magician & Mentalist.

Crysler Avenue

  • 1:00 pm – Cameron Lee.
  • 2:30 pm – Cameron Lee.
  • 3:00 pm – Paradisaea Aerial Dance.
  • 3:15 pm – Randy Thomas
  • Appearances by Matt Anthony, Magician & Mentalist.

Extreme Stunts and Magic (Crysler and St. Clair Ave)

  • 1:00 pm – Krusher BMX Stunt Team.
  • 1:30 pm – Eclipse & DJ Boogie.
  • 2:30 pm – Bubbleology Show.
  • 2:30 pm – Eclipse & DJ Boogie.
  • 3:00 pm – Krusher BMX Stunt Team.

Plus Hoola Hoop Fun Zone, Top Shot Hockey, and Skateboarding demos.

Live Music at City Hall

  • 5:00 pm – Alex Edmondson
  • 6:00 pm – TBA
  • 7:00 pm – Street Pharmacy
  • 8:00 pm – XPrime

St. Catharines is having a Street Party with entertainment and a midway Noon to 4 p.m at Rennie Park – 60 Lakeport Rd, Port Dalhousie.

Opening Ceremonies start at noon.  There will be Native drummers.

  • 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.
    The Puppet Tamer -ventriloquism.
  • 1 p.m. to 1:45
    Broken Cadence – classic rock cover band
  • 2 to 4 p.m.
    Elton Lammie – live

Midway

  • Bouncers
  • Games
  • Rock climbing wall
  • Pony Rides
  • Kids crafts
  • Puppet Kissing Booth
  • Canada Day Photo Booth
  • Buskers: Balloon Artists, Magician, Juggler, Stilt Walkers

The City of Welland is celebrating with an all-day party, car show, food truck festival, live music and fireworks.  Blue Radio, a Blue Rodeo tribute band is headlining.

Quaint small-town events:

Every Niagara neighbourhood hosts a Canada Day festival.

Port Colborne hosts their event at H.H. Knoll Park.   The Fireworks are set against West St. along the canal.  It’s really neat to watch them from the sidewalk on the bridge. Port Colborne always does a great job with their fireworks.

Fort Erie will have fireworks at dusk at Beatrice St. and Lakeshore Rd.

Lincoln has their festival at Charles Daley Park in Jordan starting at 3pm.

Grimsby will be celebrating at 11 am – 2pm at the Museum, 6 Murray St.

Thorold celebrates from 1 pm – 10:30 pm at Battle of Beaverdams Park, Clairmont, and Ormond Sts.

Pelham celebrates at Harold Black Park, Haist St. from 11 am – 10pm.

Whatever you choose to do for your Canada Day, I hope you have a great one!  Be safe and enjoy the day off!  Oh, Niagara, Canada!

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