While The City of Calgary announced that it would not be lighting up the night sky with fireworks come Canada Day this year, The City of Airdrie is still slated to showcase fireworks at the Chinook Winds Regional Park on the evening of July 1.

Along with the fireworks, there will also be a DJ and the evening portion of Canada Day celebrations will begin at 8 p.m. and finish at 11 p.m. 

But Canada Day celebrations in Airdrie start in the morning with a pancake breakfast being hosted at City Hall from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. 

"Grab some flapjacks and maple syrup just before finding a spot to watch the Canada Day Parade. Located at City Hall Parking Lot," the city stated. 

The annual Canada Parade will start at 10 a.m. and will run till noon, hosted by Airdrie Parades.

"Join the crowds to line the streets and wave flags at community master float builders. With participants from over 80 local businesses and community groups, you’ll always spot someone you know!"

And for those who need a sweet fix, a Canada Day birthday cake will also be served at City Hall Parking Lot after the parade. 

Following the Canada Day Parade, Nose Creek Regional Park will be hosting various activities from noon to 3 p.m., including: 

  • Canadian Music Concert - Local Musicians
  • Food trucks
  • BBQ & Beer Gardens
  • Children Activities

Even though Calgarians will not enjoy fireworks on Canada Day, The City of Calgary has stated it still plans other entertainment. To end the evening on Canada Day this July, The City of Calgary will be piloting an enhanced pyrotechnic show featuring a visually stunning display of lights and sounds that will be launched from the main stage at Fort Calgary during the headliner act.

“This year we’re testing out a new way of closing out Canada Day festivities that address some of the cultural, community and environmental impacts previously experienced with traditional Canada Day fireworks, said Franca Gualtieri, Manager of Arts & Culture at The City of Calgary. “Over the next year, we’ll engage with citizens, community groups and cultural groups to collect feedback to understand Calgarians’ preferences for Canada Day programming which will help guide future decisions around Canada Day fireworks.”

The City of Calgary added that an enhanced pyrotechnic show will help mitigate disruptive late-night traffic, noise and overcrowding issues around popular fireworks viewing sites across Calgary. Attempting to reduce the overcrowding of parked cars on residential roads around popular fireworks viewing sites will permit emergency services vehicles to be able to reach Calgarians faster in the event of an emergency.

As part of Canada Day 2023, The City will offer diverse, educational and inclusive programming for Calgarians to celebrate culture and community. Programming will be a mix of participatory, celebratory, and reflective experiences. All details regarding locations, activities, and performers will be announced in June.

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