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null Message from the Mayor: Happy Canada Day

June 27, 2014 -

Celebratory Events and Activities Planned across the City 

Tuesday July 1 is Canada Day! Celebratory events and activities are planned throughout the City, including Confederation and Grass Creek Parks. We have always enjoyed a rich history in Kingston as Canada's First Capital and home to Canada's first Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald. Canada Day marks an exciting opportunity to celebrate Kingston's unique connection to the founding of our nation.

Red and White Parade

Kingstonians are invited to join the official Canada Day parade, known as the Red and White parade. The parade will depart from the Metro parking lot (at Barrie and Princess Streets) at 11:30 a.m. and will make its way down Princess Street, ending at City Hall on Ontario Street.

Civic Ceremony

Join me on the steps of City Hall at 12:00 p.m. (noon) for the annual Canada Day civic ceremony, Awards will be presented to the 2014 recipients of the First Capital Distinguished Citizen Award, Honourable Achievement Award, and the Mayor's Awards for Youth Volunteerism.

Festivities at Grass Creek Park

From 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Grass Creek Park, 2993 Highway 2 east, has programming for the whole family to enjoy. Activities throughout the day include; a full line-up of live entertainment, access to the beach, beach volleyball, family games and crafts. For a full list and schedule of activities please visit the City website at

The entertainment line-up includes;

  • 11:00 - Zero Gravity Circus – Family Entertainment
  • 12:00 - Sonshine and Broccoli – Kids Entertainment
  • 1:00 - Partita Trio – Kid's Entertainment
  • 2:00 - Adam Knapp and Kickback – Country Music
  • 3:00 - Rob Driscoll's Wild and Wacky Magic Show
  • 4:00 - Junkyard Symphony – Kids Entertainment
  • 5:15 - Reuben DeGroot – Folk/Jazz/Country Mix

Music in Confederation Park

Confederation Park will feature a great line-up of live entertainment from 12:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The line-up includes;

  • 12:30 – Adam Heenan
  • 1:45 – Little California
  • 3:00 – The Roosevelts
  • 4:15 – Spencer Evans
  • 5:30 – Drop Down Mama
  • 6:45 – The Fatones
  • 8:00 – The Trevor Walsh Group
  • 9:00 – Still Standin'


MacLachlan Woodworking Museum and Pump House Steam Museums

Both the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum and the Pump House Steam Museum will be open on Canada Day, and free to the public.


Canada Day festivities will conclude with a fireworks display at 10:00 p.m., in Confederation Park.

Wishing you a safe, fun and happy Canada Day.

Mark Gerretsen,


For more information contact:
Mayor Mark Gerretsen
613-546-4291 Ext. 1405