Canada Day celebration in Kelowna cancelled due to coronavirus

Festivals Kelowna confirmed Monday that the 2020 Canada Day celebration has been cancelled due to the pandemic. Global News/File

The long-running, massive birthday party to mark Canada Day has been cancelled in the Okanagan’s largest city this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“Despite our hope that we could still hold a modified version of ‘Celebrate Canada Day Kelowna’ or even a large community celebration later in the summer, it’s now clear that won’t be possible,” said Renata Mills, executive director with Festivals Kelowna.

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Every year on July 1, some 60,000 people gather along the city’s waterfront for the day-long event.

The celebration includes multiple stages of live outdoor entertainment, interactive games, artisan booths, community group displays, food stations and a fireworks display.

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“Our team is quite disappointed, but completely understands the importance of supporting efforts to minimize exposure to the coronavirus, and that includes cancelling large public events,” said Mills.

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