Canada Day 2020 is being celebrated in ways never previously imagined. You truly have to applaud the creativity of many venues and cities. They are determined to celebrate our wonderful country and the COVID-friendly parties are fantastic! Check out all the ways – both virtual and in person – to celebrate Canada Day in Metro Vancouver in 2020.
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Canada Day 2020 Virtual Celebrations:
Canada Day Car Procession: The community of Mt Lehman, in Abbotsford, is hosting a neighbourhood procession. If you have a classic car, join in the parade for a “drive through the country”. Meet at the Mt Lehman Hall at 9:45am on July 1st. Stay in your car. The parade will depart at 10am. You can find the parade route and all the details on the Mt Lehman Community Association Facebook page.
Canada Day Drumming: Legacy 150 Celebrations Society is moving the nationwide celebration online this July 1st. For the past three years, Legacy 150 has held the Canada Day Drumming celebration in 15 cities across 5 time zones with a 6-minute simultaneous drumming at 11:00 AM (PDT). This year, they have reached out to more cities and are expecting participation from all 10 provinces and 3 territories with more than 1000 participants. The event will be broadcast from 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM (PDT) with a 6-minute simultaneous drumming at 11:00 AM (PDT). It can be viewed live on the website as well as on Facebook and YouTube Live.
Abbotsford: It’s a HUGE party in Abbotsford. The Canada Day celebrations run all of July! On July 1st families can enjoy a virtual pet parade, interactive play zones, an artwork contest, a 7pm community sing-a-long of O Canada, and virtual fireworks. The party continues with performances by local artists all month long: Harlequin Gold, Becca Hess, Tres Fou, Saint Solider, D Fretter, and MRKT.WY.
Coquitlam: Get out your red and white attire, hang your Canadian flag and celebrate with your family at home on Wednesday, July 1 as Coquitlam presents its annual Canada Day celebrations online with live music, dance, interactive activities and more. The 12th annual Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day will be a full day of family fun, broadcast here at coquitlam.ca/canadaday that will bring the festivities into living rooms, patios and backyards across the city. Featuring a mix of live and pre-recorded segments, the broadcast will go live at noon (12pm) July 1 and run until 7 pm with many of the much-loved aspects of the celebrations traditionally held at Town Centre Park. The recorded stream will remain online until the evening of July 5.
Township of Langley: Come celebrate with the Township of Langley on July 1 and be entertained, informed, creative, proud, and local with tons of activities and resources all day long starting at 9:00am. They have a contest where you can show your Canadian spirit to win prizes! Then join the virtual party at 7:00pm for a community-wide O’Canada sing-a-long, followed by a short ceremony and performance by three-time Juno winner Jim Byrnes.
Maple Ridge: Canada Day is going virtual on July 1, 2020! Let’s celebrate Canada’s 153rd birthday together while apart in true, Maple Ridge style…with entertainment, community engagement and activities for all ages. There are fun, FREE activities to check out. There’s livestream entertainment, contests & activities, and games & printable fun.
North Shore: This Canada Day Celebration is a free online event and includes performances perfect for all ages, contests and much more! Be sure to explore their website for details of the upcoming festivities on July 1st from 1.00pm!
Check out the North Shore musicians including Melanie Dekker, Adam Woodall, Early Spirit, Andrea Superstein, Kevin Driscoll and Nurse Jennifer Rampre, Brockton World Music Program, North Shore Celtic Ensemble and The Benders.
Richmond: July 1 marks Canada’s birthday and although this year’s festivities will look different, the show must go on—online and at home that is. Canada Day celebrations will move to online platforms this year as the City of Richmond, in partnership with the Steveston Community Society, celebrates Canada Day at Home on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. The Canada Day at Home festivities look to capture some of the magic that fills Steveston Village every year but from the safety of family bubbles and home gatherings. Tune in to see a Welcome from Mayor Malcolm Brodie and take part in a city-wide singalong of O Canada led by Steveston’s own Audrey De Boer. Find all details, including activities to help you prepare for Canada Day and a program schedule, at www.richmond.ca/CanadaDay.
Surrey: Join the City of Surrey for Virtual Surrey Canada Day presented by Coast Capital Savings. Hosted by four-time Olympic gold medalist, Hayley Wickenheiser, this year’s free family-friendly virtual event will feature a series of segments including musical entertainment, virtual tours, Indigenous and cultural acts, a “Family Hour” for kids and seniors, dance lessons, a rodeo tribute, and a virtual firework finale to end the night. The livestream will feature musical performances by local Surrey artists and Canadian groups including Colin James, 54-40, Bif Naked, Toque, Said the Whale, and Madeline Merlo.
Will Stroet: The City of Coquitlam has planned a fun online event for everyone to tune into for free. The day includes a pre-recorded concert with Will Stroet and the Backyard Band kicking off the celebration at 12:15 PM after the mayor’s remarks, followed by a fun day of live and pre-recorded performances.
Canada Day 2020 In Person Celebrations:
Canada Day Block Parties: The City of Delta is encouraging residents to celebrate locally by planning a physically distanced block party on your front lawn or apartment balcony. To get the party started, the City will be offering a limited supply of We Love Delta Block Boxes to neighbourhoods interested in planning a #WeLoveDelta Block Party (at a distance). Block Boxes are filled with all of the Canada Day decorations and supplies you and your neighbours will need to throw an amazing Canada Day block party. Supplies are limited – so coordinate your neighbours, start planning, and order your Block Box!
FlyOver Canada: Celebrate Canada’s Birthday from July 1st to July 5th at FlyOver Canada. Join the festivities all weekend with Canada Day inspired props at the photo station, interactive Canada trivia throughout the attraction and an assortment of Canadian treats at the Flying Whale Waterfront Cafe.
Museum of Vancouver: Celebrate Canada Day with discounted admission to the Museum of Vancouver all day long (10-4 pm)! Dive into the story of Vancouver from the early 1900s to the 1970s by exploring the permanent history galleries. Enjoy the nostalgia of big city lights of Neon Vancouver Ugly Vancouver. Experience a visual feast of innovation and tradition with Haida Now, and witness the power of protest art with Acts of Resistance!
PNE: On Canada Day the PNE will host the first ever drive thru Canada Day celebration. Designed with full COVID protocols in place as a ‘reverse’ parade, which will see guests drive their cars along the Parade Route. The experience will celebrate everything Canada with live performers, logger sports, and a celebration of Canada’s national sport of hockey along the route. Guests will be encouraged to decorate their vehicles in a Canadian theme and dress in their favourite red and white and wave the flag with pride. The experience is $10 per car, regardless of number of passengers plus the cost of any food purchased with that going to our concessionaires. Fair food includes corn dogs, hot dogs, poutine, cotton candy, and lemonade. All food purchases must be made in advance. Three of the PNE longest standing and multigenerational families will be supported through this event. Tickets are available now at Ticketleader.ca.
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