On Friday, July 1st, everyone in Niagara Falls will celebrate Canada Day. Niagara Falls has always kept a reputation for throwing big parties, and Canada’s 149th birthday will be no exception, kicking off a long weekend in celebration of the birthday, book-ended on Monday with special July 4th celebrations for our neighbours to the south.
2016 Niagara Falls Canada Day Celebrations
The early morning activities are less party-celebration and more inspirational, with the 5km run/walk for St John Ambulance kicking off at 9am. Those skipping the run can help donate to local Rotary Club’s in Niagara-on-the-Lake by enjoying a speciality Canada Day pancake breakfast.
Niagara Falls Canada Day Near City Hall
In Niagara Falls many activities will take place downtown near City Hall. It is located near Victoria and Queen Street. One of the first celebrations will be the Canadian heritage ceremony at the Seneca Theatre on Queen Street, and once that’s concluded it’s a quick walk to Victoria Avenue for the big shows to begin. The Niagara Falls Concert Band will be playing in front of the public library from 10am, and the big parade for the day starts marching at 11am.
City hall on Queen Street will continue celebrating with an award presentation, and free pieces of the massive birthday cake as prepared by Portage Bakery. And then the life music acts begin in front of the hall, including a Chicago tribute band.
After that, there are additional Canada Day party options. Parents might want to take their kids to the Scotiabank Children’s Zone at Rosberg Family Park – rock-climbing, face-painting, mini-golf and a reptile kingdom await there from lunchtime onward. Public art exhibitions, car shows and on-street entertainment across the urban centre will fill anyone’s afternoon. Keep a special lookout for the sports events, as BMX and skateboard stunt shows in particular are performing near St Clair’s Avenue.
Niagara Falls Canada Day Fireworks Display
The live music and entertainment will continue at the city hall until 9pm. The final act will be a fireworks display over Queen Victoria Park kicking off from 10pm. It’s one of the spectacles that Niagara Falls does best, and it’s a thrilling way to cap one of the big celebrations of the year.