Guide to Canada Day 2014 in Kingston
Following the first day of Summer and last day of school, the time has finally come to bust out your favorite red and white flare and celebrate Canada Day in Kingston. Similar to year’s past, there’s a full day of activities that largely take place in and around downtown Kingston and Grass Creek Park. In addition to the jam-packed schedule of family-friendly activities, there’s plenty to see and do on Canada Day in Kingston at our local museums, splash pads, trails and along the waterfront. Check out the full lineup of activities taking place on Canada Day in Kingston below.
9:00: Limestone Mile (departs from The Bank of Montreal on King Street): for the complete race route and registration, click here.
10:00-4:00: Canada Day at Bellevue House (35 Centre Street): cake, face painting, heritage games, costumes and live music by The Irish Roots from 1:30-2:00.
11:30: Red and White Parade (departs from Metro parking lot at Barrie and Princess Street): put on your best Red and White attire and join the Parade as it makes its way down Princess Street to City Hall.
12:00: Civic Ceremony and Mayor’s Awards (216 Ontario Street): take part in a civic ceremony on the doorstep of City Hall where Mayor Gerretsen will announce the winners of the First Capital Distinguished Citizen, Honourable Achievement Awards and the Mayor’s Award for Youth Volunteerism.
12:00 – 6:00 pm: Pump House Museum (23 Ontario Street): offering free admission all day on Canada Day.
12:30: Live Music (Confederation Park, 216 Ontario Street): performances by:
- 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’
10:00pm: Fireworks Display: Confederation Basin offers the best view.
A holiday spent downtown would not be complete without spending some time on your favourite patio, or enjoying a bite at one of the many hot spots for gourmet and local fare.
Grass Creek Park:
11:00 – 5:00: MacLachlan Woodworking Museum (located at the entrance to Grass Creek Park): free admission all day on Canada Day.
11:00: Live Entertainment (Grass Creek Park, 2993 Highway 2 East): featuring the following performers:
- 11:00: Zero Gravity Circus
- 12:00: Sonshine and Broccoli
- 1:00: Dr. Kaboom
- 2:00: Adam Knapp and Kickback
- 3:00: Rob Driscoll
- 4:00: Junkyard Symphony
- 5:15: Rueben deGroot
In addition to the live music, those visiting Grass Creek Park can enjoy beach volleyball, face-painting bouncy castles and much more!
For a full list of what’s open and closed throughout the city including bus schedules, garbage and recycling pickup, as well as aquatic facilities, check out the City’s website.