Vancouver's Canada Day at Canada Place celebration has been cancelled

Apr 20 2020, 6:00 pm

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Vancouver’s Canada Day at Canada Place celebration is the latest event to be cancelled.

Event organizers made the announcement on Monday afternoon, shortly after similar news broke about the 2020 Honda Celebration of Light.

“As we continue to navigate through the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and Canada Place Corporation have decided it is in the best interests of our community to cancel the 2020 Canada Day at Canada Place celebration,” reads an emailed statement from the organizers.

The cancellation includes the daytime event as well as the evening fireworks planned for July, 1, 2020. The celebration typically features a two-barge firework show in the Inlet, live musical performances, and a citizenship ceremony.

The Canada Day at Canada Place celebration is in its 33rd year.

The cancellation follows Saturday’s press conference, in which BC’s Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said people should temper their expectations for what this summer might look like when it comes to planned private gatherings such as weddings and large-scale public events.

On Monday, the 2020 Honda Celebration of Light also announced that it was cancelling its physical event.

Canada Day at Canada Place organizers say that they’re “exploring other ways to celebrate, including virtual celebrations.”

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