2024 Canada Day celebrations to take place in and around Kingston

Photo by Adam Correia.

Canada Day is fast approaching, and celebrations will be held in and around the Kingston area.

The City of Kingston invites everyone to celebrate Canada Day and “beat the heat” at the “coolest party” in town.

According to a release from the City, Canada Day celebrations will take place in Confederation Park, 209 Ontario Street, this year.

“The festivities start at 11 a.m. with the Canada Day Parade of People presented by Downtown Kingston and ends with an amazing fireworks display at 10 p.m., with loads of activities in between,” the City said.

“Three-time Scribble Jam champion and world-renowned DJ Skratch Bastid will bring the party to Springer Market Square at 8 p.m. Make sure to catch DJ Tedwin at 7 p.m. and Ayanda the DJ at 6 p.m. on the main stage.”

Some of the city’s best food vendors will also be on hand, and everyone is welcome in The Caesar Co. beer garden, though government-issued photo ID will be required to purchase alcoholic beverages, according to the release.

“Magicians, a rock climbing wall, Kids Zone, live music and so much more are waiting for you this Canada Day,” the City expressed.

For complete details, including parking or transit info, visit the City’s Canada Day webpage.

According to the release, funding is provided by the Government of Ontario. Downtown Kingston programming is supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage. 

South Frontenac

Celebrations will also take place around South Frontenac, with a fireworks finale at dusk at Gerald Ball Park in Sunbury.

“Canada Day is special in South Frontenac,” said Mayor Ron Vandewal, in a media release from South Frontenac Township. “The day is filled with so much for families to do across the whole community. Some of our fondest memories as kids are created at the Canada Day events. The fireworks show is sure to be phenomenal once again this year. Shuttle buses are being provided, so please use this service and let’s celebrate this wonderful community we live in.” 

This is the second year of hosting one fireworks show. Last year, the fireworks were in Sydenham, and in 2025 they will be at Centennial Park in Harrowsmith, the Township shared.

Here’s where you’ll find family friendly activities throughout the community on Canada Day:

  • 8 to 10:30 a.m.: Bedford celebrations at Glendower Hall, 1381 Westport Road, hosted by Bedford community members. Featuring a free pancake breakfast with live music from Jess Wedden and Chris Murphy. 
  • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Harrowsmith celebrations at Centennial Park, 4500 Centennial Park Road, hosted by the Harrowsmith S&A Club. The day will be filled with live music, children’s games and crafts, a canteen, and a vendor’s market. 
  • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Sydenham celebrations at The Point Park, 4410 Point Road, hosted by the Loughborough Canada Day Committee. The event will be bustling with live music featuring Turpin’s Trail and Hoozhear, food vendors, and kids’ activities. 
  • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Sunbury celebrations, at the Storrington Lions Hall,2992 Princess Road, hosted by the Storrington Lions Club. Live music with Jeff Code, a comedy magic show, South Frontenac Fire and Rescue foam hose nozzle (bring a bathing suit and towel), and kids’ activities. 
  • 9:45 p.m.: Canada Day Firework finale at Gerald Ball Park in Sunbury with shuttle buses taking residents to and from the fireworks show from 12 different locations across the Township. Rain date of July 2.
The South Frontenac Fire and Rescue slip n slide will be back again this year at Canada Day festivities at The Point in Sydenham. Photo via South Frontenac Township.

Visit southfrontenac.net/Canada-day for full details on all events happening including shuttle bus locations. 

The Township shared the following important safety reminders: 

Canada Day events are often very busy. Residents are reminded to slow down and drive with extreme caution, particularly near the event sites at Glendower Hall, Centennial Park, The Point Park, and the Storrington Lions Hall. 

Residents are reminded that pets often do not enjoy fireworks as much as their humans do. Please ensure pets are kept inside or tied up securely during the fireworks to prevent lost pets.? 

Volunteers are always needed. If you are interested in helping out at any of the South Frontenac events, email [email protected].

Napanee

The Town of Greater Napanee will host a day full of fun and family-friendly activity at the Strathcona Paper Centre for Canada Day 2024.

Photo by Brett Sayles.

“Join us for a fun-filled day at our annual Canada Day Celebration!” the Town of Napanee said in an announcement leading up to Canada Day. The Town shared the following schedule of events:

  • 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Firefighters Pancake Breakfast
  • 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Napanee Valley Cruisers Show N’ Shine Car Show 
  • 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Limestone Road Riders Motorcycle Group (education table and motorcycles for viewing) 
  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Pony rides by The Party Ponies 
  • 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Music by DJ Digital Mike  
  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Bounce House provided by the Greater Napanee Fire Department
  • 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – NorthFIRE Circus performance and LED animation
  • 8:00 p.m. – Free popcorn until the fireworks begin or while supplies last
  • 10:00 p.m. – Fireworks

According to the Town, these events are free to attend. Food and drinks can be purchased at Big D’s Canteen, which will be open in the afternoon and evening.

“Please bring cash if you plan to attend the Firefighters Pancake Breakfast. There is an ATM on-site,” the Town of Greater Napanee relayed.

“Lawn chairs are recommended for the evening portion of the event.”

Loyalist Township — Village of Bath

As always, Loyalist Township will celebrate July 1, 2024, with Canada Day in Bath — and this year marks the 65th anniversary of the event!

It all kicks off with The Great Decorate on Sunday, Jun. 23, 2024, starting 10 a.m.

Photo via Loyalist Township website.

“Join us on June 23rd as we kick off the Bath Canada Day celebrations with The Great Decorate! Pick up your decoration kit at the Bath Sunday Market, Canada Day Booth and sign up to join us for the parade!” Loyalist Township said of the event.

Then, on Canada Day proper, celebrations begin with a pancake breakfast presented by the Bath Firefighters Association at the Bath Fire Hall starting at 7 a.m.

Events through the day will include a kids zone with games, wagon rides, a bouncy castle, and more, live music throughout the day, a vendors’ market, and, of course, the Bath Canada Day Parade!

Make sure to pick up your Bath Canada Day button, with the winning design by grade 5 student Olivia Schnarr proudly marking the 65th anniversary, so you can wear it proudly to the day’s events.

Details on each of the events and activities, as well as how to volunteer to help out, are available on the Loyalist Township website.

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