Canada Day Events in Alberta
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
This year, Canada Day falls on Wednesday, July 1st, 2015. There are lots of events taking place across Canada in celebration of our country’s birthday. If you are in Alberta, Calgary and Edmonton are hosting a number of free events to celebrate the 148th anniversary of our great nation.
Canada Day in Edmonton
Canada Day Road Race
What better way to celebrate our country than by supporting fellow Canadians? Every year, the Canada Day Road Race unites the city of Edmonton in support of Alberta Cancer Research. Come and encourage the racers as they run and walk for a wonderful cause. To help you find the ideal viewing spot, you can find a map of the race route here.
Canada Day at the Legislature
Time: 10am - 7pm
Alberta’s historic Legislature Building has a special Canada Day treat for its guests. For the only time this year, you can walk across the Chamber floor. The brand new Visitor Centre in the Edmonton Federal Building will also be open to all our guests.
Canada Day at City Hall
Time: 1pm - 4pm
Free family activities are in no short supply at City Hall on July 1. Featuring bagpipes, Aboriginal dancers and lots of free prizes, this is one event you don’t want to miss.
Fireworks over the River Valley Parks
Nothing says “celebration” like fireworks. Watch as this colourful spectacle illuminates the River Valley Parks and North Saskatchewan River. Ideal viewing locations include the Alberta Legislature Grounds, Victoria Park, Ezio Faraone Park, Dantzer’s Hill, and Government Hill Park.
To see a detailed list of all the Canada Day activities in the Edmonton area, click here.
Canada Day in Calgary
First Nations Powwow
Time: 9:30am - 6pm
Presented by the Iniikokaan Aboriginal Centre of Bow Valley College, this festive and colourful celebration explores Canada’s rich history. Through traditional drums and dancing, Prince’s Island Park is transformed into an interactive piece of history that the whole family can enjoy.
Time: 11am - 12pm
What better way to show your national pride than to be a part of a living Canadian Flag? Sponsored by Calgary AfterSchool, this event gets bigger every year and is the perfect way to get the whole family involved in the celebration. Put on your red or white, and drop by Riverfront Avenue in Prince’s Island Park to be a part of this memorable tradition.
Calgary Stampede Canada Day and Harry the Horse Birthday Bash
Time: 11am - 4pm
As part of the Calgary Stampede’s Canada Day festivities, Harry the Horse, the Calgary Stampede’s mascot and international ambassador,is celebrating his 30th birthday! With interactive displays, live entertainment and a special birthday presentation for Harry at 1:30, Olympic Plaza will be the place to be on July 1.
Time: 7 pm – 11 pm
The Riverfront Festivities kick off at noon on Riverfront Avenue with the sounds of Calgary’s own Beatnik Bus. Bands will start hitting the Riverfront Stage at 7 p.m. with Dear Rouge kicking things off followed by Dan Mangan + Blacksmith. This year’s headliners will be indie pop and rock darlings, Stars. The high-energy performances will build momentum in anticipation of the fireworks show at the end of the evening.
Fireworks on the Centre Street Bridge
Presented by Hudson’s Bay, this display won’t only light up the sky, it will ignite your Canadian pride. Synchronized with live music, the best way to enjoy this spectacle is among your fellow Calgarians.
For more details and a complete list of all the events in Calgary, click here.
This Canada Day, show your pride in our great country. Don your red and white, and join your fellow Canadians in the biggest birthday bash of them all!
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