Message from the Mayor: Happy Canada Day Celebratory events and activities planned across the city

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June 22, 2016 -

Friday, July 1 is Canada Day! Canada Day marks an exciting opportunity to celebrate Kingston's unique connection to the founding of our nation particularly this year as we mark the 175th anniversary of Kingston being named the First Capital of a united Canada.

Red and White Parade

Kingstonians are invited to join the official Canada Day parade, known as the Red and White parade. The parade begins at the Metro parking lot (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 p.m. for the annual Canada Day civic ceremony. Awards will be presented to the 2016 recipients of the First Capital Distinguished Citizen Award, Honourable Achievement Award and the Mayor's Awards for Youth Volunteerism.

Canada Day Beach Party

Join the beach part from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Grass Creek Park, 2993 Highway 2 E. Activities throughout the day include: live entertainment (starting at 1 p.m.), access to the sandy beach, kids' crafts, face-painting and food vendors.

Music in Confederation Park

Confederation Park will feature a great line-up of live entertainment from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Don't miss the fireworks display at 10 p.m., best viewed from Confederation Park.

FREE in the City on Canada Day

The following is a list of free family activities happening across the city on Canada Day:

Artfest Kingston brings together more than 150 artists July 1 to 3 in City Park for an art show and craft sale featuring live music, workshops and interactive activities. For more information visit

Bellevue House, home of Canada's First Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald, opens its doors for free special Canada Day programming from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information visit

The Pump House Steam Museum and the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum are both offering free admission on Canada Day, for more information visit and

For a full list and schedule of City of Kingston activities please visit the City website at

Wishing you a safe, fun and happy Canada Day.

Bryan Paterson,


Media contact: For more information contact Christina Thomson, Assistant to the Mayor,  613-546-4291 ext. 1405 (cell 613-650-7231)

Twitter: @MayorPaterson