Weather forecast looks good for Canada Day celebrations in St. John's-metro

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Canada Day celebrations will begin in St. John's early Tuesday morning, with a Sunrise Ceremony at 6 a.m. on Signal Hill.

Canada Day logo. — Source: Government of Canada

And, despite inclement weather in recent days, Environment Canada is forecasting a mix of sun and cloud and high temperature of 26 Celsius.

St. John's Metrobus will provide a free shuttle service from the Signal Hill National Historic Site Interpretation Centre to where the ceremony will take place at the top of Signal Hill.

Memorial Day also observed on July 1

While many people celebrate Canada Day on July 1, it's also a more somber commemoration in Newfoundland and Labrador, marking the anniversary of fighting at Beaumont-Hamel in France during the First World War.

From a population of about 240,000, more than 12,000 Newfoundlanders joined up during the war.

Memorial services and wreath-laying ceremonies will be held throughout the province, coinciding with the Canada Day festivities.

Background on the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel can be found by click here to access the Veterans Affairs Canada website.

Family events from sunrise to sunset

The City of St. John’s and St. John’s Canada Day Committee will be partnering for free Canada Day family events from sunrise to sunset. Canadian Heritage is also a funding partner for some of the July 1 events.

On Confederation Hill, family entertainment begins at noon with bouncy castles, a kids carnival, face painting and a cultural concert on the Memorial Stage. Another attraction will be a giant Canada Day Cake, made from more than 3,500 Sobeys cupcakes. Central Dairies is also providing free milk while quantities last.

An evening concert at Quidi Vidi Lake starts at 8:30 p.m, featuring Connemara and followed by fireworks at 10 p.m. If weather conditions are not ideal, the fireworks will be rescheduled for Wednesday at 10 p.m.

Residents are encouraged to check the Public Advisory section of the City of St. John's website for more information regarding parking and traffic disruptions as well as changes in access to the Quidi Vidi walking trails and dog park related to this event. Pet owners are also reminded to keep their pets inside during the fireworks display.

The city says if it has to canceI any portion of the event due to fog, wind or other inclement weather, updates will be available at Access St. John’s, by calling 311 or 709-754-CITY (2489).

Big Birthday Bash on George Street

In downtown St. John's, Tegan and Sara, with special guests Repartee and GALA, will headline Canada's Big Birthday Bash on George Street tonight. Gates open at 6 p.m. for ages 19 and older.

Tickets are available online and locally from participating NAP Orangestores and etixnow ticketing kiosks

A free all-day family event will be held on Canada Day, with Rock 'N Soul presented by Subsea 7 and featuring performances on the George Street stage by Clean Sheets at 1 p.m., Billy & The Bruisers and Chris Kirby & The Marquee at 2 p.m. and The Rogues at 4 p.m. There will also be face painting and balloon making for the children.

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City of Mount Pearl events

The City of Mount Pearl's Canada Day Celebrations take place from noon to 3 p.m. at St. David’s Ball Field.  There’ll be children's entertainment with magician Mark Webber, jugglers, and Sky High Amusements. 

As well as musical entertainment by The Faded Yellow Line, there will be a huge birthday cake, Canada Day pins, tattoos, T-shirts, flags and barbecue.

Wear red and white for a chance to win a prize.  Admission is a non-perishable food item.  (The alternate site in the event of poor weather is the Reid Community Centre).

Mount Pearl/ Royal Canadian Legion to hold Memorial Day Parade

A Memorial Day Parade co-ordinated by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 36, begins 10:30 a.m. on July 1.  The parade will travel from the Church of Ascension on Smallwood Drive onto Park Avenue, finishing at the War Memorial at the Park Place Community Centre. 

A Memorial Day Ceremony will begin at 11 a.m.

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Conception Bay South events

The Town of Conception Bay South will be hosting its annual Canada Day Celebration at the Conception Bay South Recreation Complex (Pool) from 1 to 3 p.m.

Activities will include singing of the National Anthem, an official cake cutting, Sky High Amusements, free face painting and musical entertainment by The Sleeveens. There will also be hot dogs and refreshments for all.

The Conception Bay South events are funded in part by the Government of Canada.

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Town of Torbay events

Canada Day event information for the Town of Torbay is available by clicking HERE.

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Town of Portugal Cove-St. Philip's events

A listing of events in the Town of Portugal Cove-St. Philip's can be accessed by clicking HERE.

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City of Corner Brook events

Canada Day Celebrations, sponsored by the City of Corner Brook and Heritage Canada, will begin with a flag raising at City Hall at 8:30 a.m., followed by breakfast at the YMCA.  

Entertainment will b provided throughout the day at Margaret Bowater Park, featuring Kyleigh Brisson, Big Train and The Griffins.  There will be games and rides for the children along with a clown that will be making balloon shaped animals. 

The events will end with fireworks at Captain Cook Lookout.

Visit the City of Corner Brook's website at www.cornerbrook.com for a complete detailed listing of events.

More Canada Day event information

More information on Canada Day events around the province can be accessed at www. newfoundlandandlabrador.com

Canada Day in the Capital

If you happen to be in Ottawa for Canada Day, you can find out what events are planned there by clicking HERE.

 

Organizations: Environment Canada, Signal Hill National Historic Site Interpretation Centre, Battle of Beaumont-Hamel Veterans Canada Canada Day Committee Canadian Heritage Sobeys

Geographic location: St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Beaumont-Hamel France George Street Quidi Vidi Lake Canada

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