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Come to the Canada Day Beach Party and fireworks July 1

June 20, 2016

Municipal offices closed Friday. Transit runs on Sunday service.

Canada Day fireworks will be in Confederation Basin at 10 p.m. – but the July 1 beach party is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Grass Creek Park, 2993 Highway 2 E. (see more details below). Find holiday changes to City of Kingston services below the event listings.

"Canada Day is an exciting opportunity to reflect on Kingston's unique connection to the founding of our nation, particularly this year as we celebrate the 175th anniversary of Kingston being named the First Capital of a united Canada," says Mayor Bryan Paterson.  "Family-fun activities are planned across our city, including the Canada Day People parade ending at the front steps of City Hall for the presentation of our 2016 Civic Awards for outstanding citizens. I encourage all Kingstonians to join me for the celebrations!" 

Here's what is going on July 1:

Canada Day Beach Party - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Grass Creek Park, 2993 Highway 2 E.

Bring family and friends to enjoy the sandy beach, live entertainment (starting at 1 p.m.), games, inflatables, food vendors, crafts, face-painting and beach toys. Bring your swimsuit, sunscreen and water bottle (the Utilities Kingston Water Buggy will be there, too)!  For full details, see www.CityofKingston.ca.

Red & White People Parade -11:30 a.m.

Wear Canadian red and white and join the parade in the Metro parking lot at Barrie and Princess streets. The parade will walk down newly opened Princess Street to City Hall.

Civic Ceremony and Awards - 12 p.m.

Steps of City Hall, 216 Ontario St.

Mayor Bryan Paterson will preside over the ceremony to mark Canada Day and will congratulate the winners of the First Capital Distinguished Citizen Award and the Mayor's Award for Youth Volunteerism. 

Confederation Park Festivities and Fireworks - 10  p.m.

  • The Limestone Mile race begins in Confederation Park at 9 a.m.
  • Enjoy live entertainment in the park all day long.
  • The Canada Day fireworks are best viewed from Confederation Basin and start at 10 p.m.

Holiday Changes to City and Utilities Kingston Schedules

Garbage, green bin and recycling:  No collection on Friday and collection moves to the day after your normal pick-up day for the rest of the week. Sign-up to be reminded what to put out when at www.CityofKingston.ca/collection. The Kingston Area Recycling Centre is also closed July 1.

Kingston Transit: All buses will run on a Sunday schedule on Friday – except for Route 18 which runs on a weekday schedule. Plan your bus trip with Google Transit: www.kingstontransit.ca/tripplanner

Kingston Access Services: Operates with limited service Friday. Call 613-542-2512.

Administrative Offices: All administrative offices, including housing and social services and provincial offences are closed Friday.

Utilities Kingston and Kingston Hydro: Closed Friday. In the event of a utility emergency, such as a gas smell, power outage or a water main break, call the Utilities Kingston 24-hour number at 613-546-1181. Hydro One electricity customers in the west and east ends can call 1-800-434-1235. Union Gas customers can call 1-877-969-0999. Remember: for electricity used on weekends and holidays like Canada Day, electricity prices are off-peak.

Tomlinson Aqua Park, splash pads and wading pools: Splash pads and wading pools are open on Friday.  The McBurney Park wading pool opens for the season on July 1. 

INVISTA Centre/ Fitness & Wellness Centre, Artillery Park Aquatic Centre, arenas and CaraCo Home Field: Closed Friday.

Libraries: All branches of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library are closed Friday.

Portsmouth Olympic Harbour: Open. 

Grand Theatre Box Office: Closed Friday.

Kingston Fire & Rescue encourages you to enjoy the public fireworks from Confederation Park and Fort Henry. Lighting your own fireworks can be dangerous. If you choose to do so, follow the safety guidelines at www.CityofKingston.ca/fire.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality –ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future.  Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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