What’s open and closed in Kingston for Canada Day 2024

Photo by James Lee.

The Canada Day long weekend is upon us, with celebrations happening around the community. Take a look at our coverage of local events here.

The City, in partnership with Kingston Fire & Rescue, encourages all community members to leave the fireworks show to the experts. The City will host a free fireworks display as part of their downtown event. The show is slated to start at 10 p.m. and, according to the City, the best place to experience the show is Confederation Basin.

We’ve done our best to gather details on what is open and closed in Canada’s first capital over the holiday weekend, as well as information regarding affected City services.

City of Kingston offices and services

  • All City administrative offices (including housing and social services and Provincial Offences on Montreal Street): Closed Monday, Jul. 1, 2024.
  • Utilities Kingston and Kingston Hydro: Closed Monday. In the event of a utility emergency, such as a gas smell, power outage, or a water main break, call Utilities Kingston/Kingston Hydro’s 24-hour number at 613-546-1181. (Hydro One electricity customers in City west and east can call 1-800-434-1235. Enbridge Gas customers can call 1-877-969-0999.) Reminder for customers on time-of-use pricing: for electricity used on weekends and holidays prices are off-peak.
  • Garbage, green bin and recycling: No collection on Monday. Collection occurs the day after your regular collection day. Sign-up at CityofKingston.ca/collection to receive collection reminders by phone, text or email or get the free “Kingston Waste” app on your Apple or Android device. 
  • Kingston Area Recycling Centre: Closed Monday.
  • Kingston Transit: Buses run on a Sunday schedule on Monday.
  • Kingston Access Services: Operates with limited service Monday. Call 613-542-2512 for information.

Arts and recreation

  • Artillery Park Aquatic Centre: Closed Monday.
  • Kingston Frontenac Public Library: All branches closed Monday. Services and digital collections can be accessed online. Don’t have a library card? Register online.
  • Culligan Water Park: Open Monday.
  • INVISTA Centre: Closed Monday.
  • Rideau Heights Community Centre & Library: Closed Monday.
  • Kingston East Community Centre: Closed Monday.
  • Portsmouth Olympic Harbour and Confederation Basin marinas: Open Monday.
  • Grand Theatre Box Office: Closed Sunday and Monday. Tickets for all shows can be purchased online 24 hours a day at kingstongrand.ca.


Some shops and grocery stores will be closed or have reduced hours on Monday, Jul. 1, 2024. Please check with individual locations for store hours. Here is what we know regarding closures:

  • The Cataraqui Centre will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Walmart will be open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Costco will be closed.
  • Both Loblaws locations will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • The No Frills on Coverdale Drive will be closed and the Division Street location is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • All Metro locations will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • All Food Basics locations will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Farm Boy will be open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • The Foodland location in Amherstview will be open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • FreshCo will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Van Wart’s Your Independent Grocer will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • All LCBO locations will be closed
  • Beer Store locations vary: The Dalton Avenue and Bath Road locations will be closed; Concession Street, Midland Avenue and Princess Street, will be open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Most Shoppers Drug Mart locations will be open throughout the weekend for regular hours, but some may vary. Click here to search store hours in Kingston.
  • Many downtown Kingston businesses do open on holidays, but all keep their own hours. Call ahead to find out whether your favourite stores or restaurants are open. 

Banks and post offices

A majority of banks and post offices will be closed Monday. Call your branch ahead of time to find out.


As always, Kingstonist will be open. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on the goings-on in the city, as they happen. We will also be happy to hear from you if there is something you think we should know about. Please reach out to us on TwitterFacebook or via our contact page any time.

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