Canada Day is right around the corner, and you’re probably looking forward to celebrating with your family, but not wanting to face the expenses of travel in the current environment. With just about every Atlantic Canadian in that same boat, many will likely be looking for closer-to-home options for their Canada Day celebrations. Staying home and celebrating locally is always a great option, regardless of the circumstances.
Our province of New Brunswick celebrates with many fun and entertaining Canada Day festivities. Home to multiple fine cities, there is sure to be no shortage of red and white glamour to satisfy all of your July 1st needs. We’ve compiled a list of the best Canada Day celebrations within driving distance so you and your family can make the best of your patriotic holiday locally in New Brunswick!
To no surprise, our capital city is ready to celebrate. Fredericton has an exciting plan with fun activities for the entire family:
Fredericton’s Canada Day Committee has announced that they’ve planned a full day of music, cultural displays, food vendors and family-based activities on the Exhibition grounds on Smythe Street. A wide range of activities will be provided at no charge, including bouncy castles for kids.
In addition, they have planned what’s expected to be the largest fireworks display in the province on the evening of July 1st. This show will be staged from the Westmorland Street Bridge at 10:40 pm. The committee says that this location is ideal as it allows the display to be visible to the greatest number of people.
With Canada Day falling perfectly on a weekend this year, Fredericton has taken advantage and planned some night shows. The first will be a weekend opener on June 30th. These will be adult-oriented, licensed ticketed events taking place at the Capital Exhibit Center. The June 30th show will feature Fredericton’s own Country sensation Tristan Horncastle. The show will also include one of Fredericton’s favorite bands; Slowcoaster and Barn Bhreagh from Cape Breton. Barn Bhreagh is a traveling singer-songwriter circle where all the artists play one another’s songs. 2022 ECMA Indigenous Artist of the Year Morgan Toney will also be featured among the performers.
Tickets for the night shows are $24.50, and one ticket will give you access to both shows. Tickets are available now at fmzevents.com.
However, there will be plenty of shows during the July 1st event on the Exhibition Grounds, and they will all be 100% free. The lineup will include the rock band Good Night Sunrise from Toronto, Cape Breton’s own Dave Sampson and Fredericton’s ECMA winning band Weak Size Fish. Some family favourites will also make appearances earlier in the day, including Scotty and the Stars, the Calithumpians and a wide range of Fredericton and maritime-based artists.
St. Stephen is ready for you to come join them on the waterfront for a fun filled day overlooking the St. Croix River!
The opening ceremony will be held at 10:00 am.
Then, from 10:00am to 2:00pm, there will be Children’s Inflatables and Water Slides Courtesy of St. Stephen Volunteer Fire Department + IWK, Cotton Candy, and Outside Games!
From 11:00 am to 2:00pm, the Kings Church BBQ & Lionettes Strawberry Shortcake Fundraiser will also be up and running.
There will be cake at 12:00pm!!
Other activities + celebrations:
From 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm, there will be Free Skating at the Quartermain Arena, Garcelon Civic Center.
Also from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Free Swimming at the W.T. Booth Centennial Pool.
Finally, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, a performance: Chocolate Park – Celtic Fiddler Katherine Moller.
Rain location for all celebrations: Garcelon Civic Center
Crystal Richard & Co.
The town of Saint George will be holding a Canada Day celebration on July 1 at Magaguadavic Place beginning at 10:30 am, including:
Remarks from Mayor Detorakis
Complete with cake
Saint John & Surrounding:
This will include face painting, circus performers, arts and crafts, and more taking place at the new container village on Water Street at the Canada Day Waterfront Festival.
The Canada Day Waterfront Festival will take place from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm with a Canada Day family swim taking place from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre.
Then, at 10:00 pm, fireworks will be set off from the long wharf.
Celebrate Canada Day in Grand Bay-Westfield on Friday, July 1 with live music, kids’ activities, entertainment, a movie, and more! Most activities will take place at Brundage Point River Centre.
Celebrate Canada Day in Hampton starting at 11:00 am with an opening ceremony at the Hampton Town Square. Numerous activities are planned at various locations including food trucks, markets, live entertainment, kids’ activities, a pool party, tournaments, and more.
The Hampton fireworks display will take place at dusk on Hampton Middle School Drive.
Rothesay will be holding free celebrations Friday, July 1 from 12:00 pm–3:00 pm at Rothesay Common, Gondola Point Road.
Celebrate Canada Day in Quispamsis on July 1st from 11:00 am-3:00 pm at the Arts and Culture Park! The rain location is at the Quispamsis Memorial Arena.
Woah Canada! Moncton is pumped up and ready to celebrate. The festivities will include even more than live music and fireworks. Throughout the day, Moncton’s riverfront will be the host to a wide variety of events, including a Kidz Playzone, featuring inflatable games, face painting, a waterslide, and vendors for the whole family. This fun will begin at 11:00 am.
Partnering with Eco360, Mocton will have a proper waste sorting program on site during the festivities to help this Canada Day be a little greener!
One event at 12:00 pm will be the O’ Can You Cycle Bike Ride. Meeting behind the Moncton Press Club, red and white attire and decorated bikes are entirely encouraged!
Another event at 12:00 pm is the opening prayer and smudging ceremony by Elder Gary Augustine and teachings from the Elsipogtog Mi’kmaq Cultural Center’s traditional interpretive guides on the Riverfront Park Stage.
There will be no shortage of family-friendly entertainment from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm on the Riverfront Park Stage. This show will feature DJ Bones, Rémi Boudreau (magician), and Féeli Tout.
If you’re looking for something interesting and hands-on, check out Science…Under Pressure! You and the family will be able to take part in fun and educational activities presented by Resurgo Place, including water bottle rockets, smoke in a bottle and a balloon-powered car craft! Taking place at Riverfront Park.
Also from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm, the YMCA Mobile Fun Team is providing their free playground program that focuses on unstructured play for kids of all ages and abilities at Riverfront Park!
Vendors will be offering a variety of foods and other products from 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
At 12:24 pm, the Tidal Bore Presentation by Resurgo Place will take place at Bore Park.
From 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, the main Whoa Canada! stage, located in the Riverfront Parking Lot, will be lit up from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm with performers including:
– DJ Mobaws
– Ukrainian duo Balaklava Blues
– Acadian legends 1755
– Juno award-winner Colin James
And to close the day’s festivities, at 10:00 pm, just after Colin James’ performance finishes, the crowd’s attention will be directed to the riverfront, where the tri-community Canada Day fireworks, a presentation of the City of Moncton, the Town of Riverview and the City of Dieppe, will begin.
New Brunswick may be a smaller province, but our strong, close-knit community, and passion for where we live makes us stand out. With absolutely zero shortage of festive and patriotic Canada Day Celebrations taking place all across our beautiful province, we’re certain you and your family will have a blast over your long weekend. Staying local and celebrating Canada Day within driving distance from home, not only saves you money on gas and accommodations, but it also strengthens the love and support for your local communities, foundations and committees. Thank you for continuing to support local and being a bright contributor to our province!
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