Downtown Kingston ready to celebrate Canada Day

Kingstonist file photo of 2015 Canada Day celebrations.

Get your red and white ready, Kingston! The Downtown Kingston BIA will be hosting many events celebrating Canada Day in downtown Kingston and Confederation Park.

Canada Day begins with the annual Limestone Mile, a one-mile race. The event is made up of multiple races – two kid’s races (one for those aged eight and under and one for those aged nine and up), a women’s race, and a men’s race. Athletes interested in participating can sign up online at

The People Parade along Princess Street begins at the Metro parking lot at Princess and Barrie Streets at 11:30 a.m. Residents are welcome to wear red and white and participate in the parade. Members of the Indigenous community, the Town Crier, and other dignitaries will lead parade down Princess Street to City Hall.

The Civic Ceremony will take place on the steps of City Hall at noon starting with the national anthem. The Mayor will then present the 2019 First Capital Award Winners: Youth Volunteer (Grade 5-8) Lylia Essaddam, Youth Volunteer (Grade 9-12) Aidan Tomkinson, Youth Volunteer (Post-secondary) Bibi Imre-Millei, Distinguished Citizen Patrick Murphy, and Honourable Achievements Nadia Luciuk, Terry Snider, John & Heather Price.

Throughout the afternoon, there will be live entertainment in Confederation Park. The celebration will kick off Sunday, June 30th, 2019 as local talent graces the stage with a wide range of musical performances, and continue all day long on Canada Day.

This year’s fireworks extravaganza will start at 10 pm sharp and is best viewed from Confederation Park.

Music Schedule:

Sunday, Jun. 30, 2019

  • 6:00 pm Savannah Shea
  • 7:00 pm Head Over Heels
  • 8:00 pm Mauricio Montecino

Monday, Jul. 1, 2019 (Canada Day)

  • 1:00 pm Lotus Shaker
  • 2:15 pm Dead Root Revival
  • 3:30 pm Oscar Evans Band
  • 4:45 pm Still Standin’
  • 6:00 pm Oakridge Ave
  • 7:30 pm Trevor Walsh
  • 9:00 pm The Wilderness

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