UPDATED JUNE 2023
There’s a lot happening this July 1st long weekend!
Picnics, music, events and fireworks are all part of the fun, as we gather to observe the shared values of this country and its diverse communities. It is also a day to reflect on our past and to learn, as we move forward on the road to reconciliation and a better future.
Here are some of the events planed for July 1st as you #ExploreWR!
FIREWORKS AND DRONE SHOWS
Downtown Kitchener (Carl Zehr Square) – Fireworks begin at dusk approx. 10:20 PM
Waterloo (Waterloo Park West) – 10 PM LED Drone Show
Cambridge (Riverside Park) – begins at 10 PM
New Hamburg (Norm S. Hill Park) – 9:30 PM
Ayr (Cowan Park) – 9:45 PM
Bingemans (Boston Pizza Kingpin Bowlounge Patio) – 10 PM
CANADA DAY EVENTS IN WATERLOO REGION
Canada Day in Wilmot
Canada Day in Wilmot is a children-friendly family-focused festival celebrating the shared values of friendship, integrity, hard work, compassion, respect, and inclusion. The day begins with an Indigenous Sunrise ceremony and includes shows by the Ultimutts, Eric Traplin, the Orangeman, and concludes with a special fireworks display that will be accompanied by music curated by Juno winner and Wilmot-based producer/recording engineer John “Beetle” Bailey.
NORTH DUMFRIES TOWNSHIP
Canada Day at Cowan Park
From 6 – 10:30 p.m. drop by Cowan Park in Ayr to celebrate peace, friendship, respect, community, family, and move forward together in a meaningful and respectful way. There will be a Kid’s Zone, musical entertainment with The Barry O Kid Show as well as Electric Crush, and Crystal’s Fries and ish and Chips food trucks and Hitched Coffee will be on site too. Bring your lawnchairs or picnic blankets and settle in for the Fireworks show that begins at dusk.
Canada Day in Woolwich
Things kick off at 10:30 a.m. with a free swim at the Woolwich Memorial Centre. then, from 12-4 PM, enjoy all the free events happening including a magic show, antique car show, live music and more. Canada Day is an opportunity to learn about Indigenous culture, and the township has provided links to help you learn more about the rich history, heritage, resilience and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples across Canada.
Cambridge Celebrates Canada Day
The Canada Day celebrations at Riverside Park in Cambridge has something to do for the whole family! Events kick off with the Fishing Derby at 8 AM; there’s a midway, live music, Show ‘n Shine, food trucks, vendors, a kid’s area and more. The Cambridge Canada Day Parade is back too and winds its way along King Street starting at 11 AM. The fun finishes with the fireworks display at 10 PM.
Join the City of Waterloo in Waterloo Park for a Community Picnic! Spend the afternoon listening to live music, exploring the art market, trying out some local food trucks and enjoying the other games and fun activities. Make sure you also look up at 10 p.m. for an amazing 100-piece LED drone show that will light up the sky.
Canada Day in DTK
Canada Day returns to Downtown Kitchener with lots of family-friendly fun, an evening concert, and a fireworks display to end the night. Canada Day is also an opportunity to continue education, awareness and celebration of Indigenous culture, and the City of Kitchener provides links to several learning resources. Complete your Downtown Kitchener experience by visiting one of the many restaurants, pubs or patios.
The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Canadian Trophy and Rookie Championship will be taking place on Canada Day, July 1st, at Bingemans Recreation Center in Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario. The event features two exciting competitions: the Rookie Championships beginning at 12:30 PM EST and the main event, the Canadian Trophy Championship, starting at 4:00 PM EST.
This thrilling competition is free to attend, and the festivities extend beyond the sports action, with live music and the largest fireworks display in the Waterloo region capping off the day’s events.