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Where to go for Canada Day fireworks, festivities in Kingston, Brockville and Belleville

FILE PHOTO. City of Kingston

Although it’s not Canada 150 this year, there’s no less reason to celebrate Canada’s 151st birthday on July 1.

Whether you’re celebrating in Kingston, Brockville, or Belleville, there are lots of activities planned in each area. And of course, there will be fireworks.

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In Kingston, fireworks will take place at 10 p.m., and will be set off from the Confederation Basin. In Brockville, the fireworks start around 9:40 p.m., or just after dark, and will be set off near Blockhouse Island. In Belleville, fireworks will begin at 10 p.m. at West Zwick’s Park.

If you’re interested in all-day activities, check out the lists below for what’s going on in your neck of the woods for the Canada Day long weekend.

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Kingston

SATURDAY, JUNE 30

Live music in Confederation Park:

  • 6 p.m. – Savanah Shea
  • 7p.m. – Goldwing
  • 8 p.m. – Mauricios Montecinos & Latin Beat Band

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SUNDAY, JULY 1 – Canada Day

  • 9 a.m. – Limestone Mile
  • 11:30 a.m. – Canada Day People Parade beginning at the Metro parking lot at Princess and Barrie streets.
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Canada Day Beach Party at Grass Creek Park, including attractions like mini-putt, face painting, exotic animal shows and more. According to the City, there will be food vendors and free parking. The dog park will be closed on July 1.
  • 12 p.m. – Civic Ceremony at City Hall, where the City will honour the 2018 First Capital Award winners. This will also mark the official reopening of the ‘Big Dig’ on Princess Street.
  • 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Live Music in Confederation Park
  • 10 p.m. –  Fireworks. You can watch them from Confederation Park, from Fort Henry or from wherever you can catch a glimpse.

Information courtesy of the City of Kingston.

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Brockville

Sunday, July 1 – Canada Day

  • 8:45 a.m. – A free 1-kilometre Canada Day Run for kids at Blockhouse Island.
  • 9 a.m. – A 5-kilometre Canada Day Run for adults at Blockhouse Island. Tickets cost between $15-$20.
  • 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – The 1000 Islands Regatta at Blockhouse Island. Go see the hydroplane racing finals. There will be different activities and vendors there. All-weekend pass costs $40 and a daily race pass costs $20.
  • 11 a.m.-7 p.m. – The Strawbeary Frestival  will be going on most of the day at Hardy Park.
  • 11:45 a.m. – The Canada Day Parade will stroll down King Street.
  • Noon – Singing of the national anthem and cake-cutting ceremony on the courthouse green.
  • 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Tony-Donna Dance at the Royal Canadian Legion, finishing with a BBQ chicken meal served at 5 p.m.
  • 5 p.m. – As a sendoff to the 1000 Islands Regatta, the Tony Silvestri Band with Bourne to Rock Opening! will be playing at the Blockhouse Island.
  • 9:40 p.m. – Fireworks will take place after dark over the waterfront near to Blockhouse Island.

Information courtesy of the City of Brockville.

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Belleville

Sunday, July 1 – Canada Day

All Canada Day activities will be taking place at West Zwick’s Park on July 1, from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. All activities are free, but there is a $5 parking fee. If you don’t want to drive to the park, there are shuttles leaving from Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre and the Pioneer Building at Loyalist College. There is free parking at both the shuttle pickup locations. The activities listed below will be running from 3-10 p.m. unless a time is specified. Information courtesy of the Belleville Chamber of Commerce.

  • Pony rides from Flat Rock Farms.
  • Inflatable fun factory.
  • A Canadian history colouring mural.
  • Balloon, face and hair art for kids.
  • Quinte Wood Carvers Association display.
  • 3:15 p.m. – Andy Forgie, a well-known children’s entertainer from Belleville will be on the main stage at Zwick’s Park.
  • 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – Northern Lights Steel Orchestra.
  • 4 p.m. – “Happy birthday Canada” celebration at the main stage, when CFB Trenton will be doing a Fly By, followed by the opening ceremonies.
  • 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. – Shows from the Canadian Raptor Conservancy, where owls, eagles and more will be on display.
  • 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. – A professional juggler from Ottawa, Yoshi Chladny, will have three shows throughout the night.
  • 7 p.m. – Carl Dixon Trio will include rock classics as well as songs from Dixon’s new album “Whole ‘Nother Thing.”
  • 8:30 p.m. – Andrew Martin‘s 70s Revolution, where he will be playing well-known songs from the ’70s.
  • 10 p.m. – Fireworks.

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