What’s May 2-4 in Toronto without a little fireworks show?
How about a big one?
This is the official first long weekend of summer, and we couldn’t be more excited. While a weekend away at the cottage is always fun, sometimes staying in the city has its perks—especially because the sky lights up to celebrate Victoria Day in the GTA.
If you’re planning on staying in the city this weekend, here’s where you can catch the shows.
Head to Hamilton and celebrate Victoria Day with some live music, food trucks, and fireworks. Maybe get a little hike in early before everything goes down in the evening. And you can park for free at any one of the Dundas Municipal Parking lots.
Where: Dundas Driving Park, 71 Cross St, Hamilton
When: May 19 at 5 pm, fireworks at 9:30 pm
Make the most out of the long weekend in Bowmanville. The Victoria Day SpeedFest features the NASCAR Pinty’s Series, along with fireworks, and lots of family-friendly events. The fireworks show, launched at dusk from Corner 1, is a spectacular celebration for your first long weekend of the summer.
Where: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Concessions Road 10, Bowmanville
When: May 17 to 10, fireworks on May 18 at dusk
Celebrate Victoria Day weekend with rides and the best fireworks in the region. Each fireworks show at Canada’s Wonderland has a unique design with an original soundtrack and thousands of colourful explosions, you won’t want to miss it.
Where: Canada’s Wonderland
When: May 19 at 10 pm
Local favourite spot Ashbridges Bay returns with its annual display of lights. Boasted as “Toronto’s only Victoria Day fireworks” the show will last 14 minutes. Be sure to take transit.
Where: Ashbridges Bay Park
When: May 20 at 9:45 pm
For the past 26 years, Niagara Parks has hosted Canada’s longest running fireworks series. Head to Queen Victoria Park for a spectacular fireworks display set off from below, at the river’s edge, creating an unforgettable show above the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls. The 2019 season features a new and expanded schedule, with over 110 fireworks shows, including daily fireworks throughout the summer. The series begins with special holiday shows taking place over Victoria Day.
Where: Niagara Falls
When: May 17 to 20 at 10 pm