Much like everything else, Canada Day will look a little different in Edmonton this year, but this doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to celebrate the occasion.
The city previously announced that the annual Canada Day fireworks were cancelled because it would make physical distancing impossible, but the celebrations must — and will — go on from a distance.
Edmontonians can tune into a Virtual Canada Day hosted by the Canadian government and featuring two shows — one during the day and one in the evening.
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The first show, Canada Day Across the Country, taking place from 1 to 2 pm local time, will be hosted by Serena Ryder and Pierre-Yves Lord and will feature artists from Sudbury, Montreal, Quebec, Moncton, Winnipeg, Yellowknife and Calgary.
The second show, Canada Day Together, taking place from 8 to 10 pm local time, will also feature Canadian artists and will wrap up the night with a montage of the best Canada Day fireworks from past years.
Edmontonians can also utilize this Celebration Kit prepared by Canadian Heritage with interactive, creative, and educational activities for the whole family.
Another online celebration is the Canada Day Drumming Virtual Celebration, hosted by Legacy 150 Celebration Society in celebration of our nation and our healthcare heroes and frontline workers.
Edmontonians can also put up outdoor lights and turn them on at sunset on July 1 and join the High Level Bridge, Walterdale Bridge, Rossdale Power Plant, Muttart Conservatory, and City Hall in lighting up the city, or check out some of the local businesses that will be open.