Canada Day in Calgary

Happy Canada Day Long Weekend!

Canada Day Long Weekend is born out of Canada Day, a day celebrating the birth of the true north strong and free. At Reference they explain, "Canada Day, celebrated every year on July 1, is a Canadian federal holiday that celebrates the enactment of the British North America Act of 1867. The act united three colonies into a single country within the British Empire, and named that country Canada." Essentially, Canada Day is Canada's birthday!

Here in Calgary, Alberta, Canada Day is used to mark a number of notable moments in our year. First, it signifies the first long weekend of the summer! Campgrounds are going to be packed as people get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. Second, it is the first official weekend that Alberta students are not in school! Most schools have their final day today, bringing happiness to children everywhere. Third, it kicks off the start of outdoor fun in Calgary! Canada Day is a reminder that Stampede is right around the corner, along with all the other fun events that make summers in Calgary, Alberta so fun.

If you're looking for something to do this Canada Day, we recommend staying in the city and enjoying some of the free events happening!

Spruce Meadows: "The event kicks off at 8 a.m. on Sunday with a free pancake breakfast for the first 5,000 attendees and show jumping will be happening throughout the day until 4 p.m. Take part in family friendly activities including pony rides, face-painting, a half-pipe demonstration and more. End the day with a symphony concert with the Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra."

Indigenous Showcase & Powwow: "Head out to Prince’s Island Park for Canada Day’s Indigenous Showcase and Traditional Powwow. There will be a blessing on the main stage at 11 a.m. with the powwow kicking off at 1 p.m. Arts and crafts, an artisanal market and language teachings will be available throughout the event and get there early to snag the best viewing spot of the main stage."

Concert & Fireworks: "Calgarians can take part in the City of Calgary’s Canada Day concert this year at the Tim Horton’s Canada Day stage on Riverfront Avenue. This year’s line up includes Canadian talent such as Ghostkeeper, Post Script, Captain Tractor and Steven Page (formerly of Barenaked Ladies). Stick around to catch the firework display, which will take place on Centre Street Bridge between 11 p.m. to 11:30 p.m."

For more ideas and more information on the above ideas, head to Avenue Calgary Magazine.

Happy Canada Day!

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