Edmonton cancels annual Canada Day fireworks

Apr 25 2020, 12:57 pm

The City of Edmonton has decided to cancel its annual Canada Day fireworks show.

Like many other popular summer events, the risk of spreading COVID-19 is too great because of heavy crowds. About 50,000 people usually show up every year to watch the fireworks in Kinsmen Park and Mill Woods.

“In response to provincial COVID-19 physical distancing requirements, the City of Edmonton is cancelling this year’s Canada Day fireworks shows and celebrations in City Hall and Sir Winston Churchill Square,” the city said in a news release Saturday.

No gatherings of 15 people or more are permitted in Alberta at the moment, and people who do gather in smaller groups must remain two metres apart from one another.

Cancelling the Canada Day fireworks is expected to save the city $276,000, and the added hassle of closing roads, adding extra policing, and diverting transit routes.

The city suggested residents instead take part in Canada’s virtual celebration.