This year's Canada Day is a significant one. Not only is it the first time in two years communities will be able to gather on July 1st, but it's the first time Halifax Regional Municipality has planned their annual Canada Day programming in partnership with the Mi'Kmaw Native Friendship Centre. This collaboration has produced a more inclusive event, honouring the culture and traditions of the Indigenous Peoples, the first people to take care of the land we now call Canada.
This year there are so many great concerts, family-friendly events, and experiences planned for the Canada Day long weekend. Keep reading so you don't miss a thing!
KANA'TA: Canada Day 2022
KANA'TA: Canada Day 2022 is Halifax Regional Municipality's new format for July 1st celebrations. Re-envisioned in close collaboration with Indigenous communities, KANA'TA: Canada Day 2022 seeks to honour the traditions and cultures of the Mi'kmaw Nation and celebrates pan-Indigenous communities. See the line up of events below:
Royal NS International Tattoo Canada Day Parade | 10am
The annual Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Canada Day Parade returns after three years! The parade will begin at 10am on Duke Street, make its way to Spring Garden Road, then head up to South Park Street, eventually turning onto Sackville Street to make it's way back to Duke Street to the Scotiabank Centre to disperse.
Mawio'mi on the Commons | 11am-4pm
Mawio'mi is a Mi'kmaw word for gathering. Head to the Mawio'mi on the Commons for an afternoon of traditional dancing, singing and drumming, authentic indigenous cuisine and crafts and games!
The 6th Annual Drumming Celebration | 12:30pm-4pm
The Canada Day Drumming Celebration is a nation-wide annual event where individuals all over the country unite for six minutes of simultaneous drumming. The event strives to connect communities while promoting cultural diversity and inclusion. Join Canada Day Drumming Halifax at Ferry Terminal Park in Dartmouth to participate!
ANSMA Showcase & Pyrotechnice Finale | 6pm-10om
The African Nova Scotian Music Association (ANSMA) presents a live showcase at Ferry Terminal Park in Dartmouth. Headlining is Juno Nominee JRDN, supported by the ANSMA House Band, Dubey Downey, Asia, Cory Adams and Cyndi Cain. A pyrotechnic display finale will top off the night!
6:10pm – ANSMA House Band
6:15pm – Dubey Downey
6:50pm – Asia
7:30pm. – Cory Adams
8:10pm. – Cyndi Cain
8:45pm. – JRDN (Jordan Croucher)
9:45pm – Canada Day Pyrotechnics Display in the Park!
KANA'TA Concert & Fireworks | 6pm-10:30pm
The main event of KANA'TA: Canada Day 2022 is the main stage concert on the Grand Oasis Stage in Grand Parade followed by a fireworks finale. Crown Lands and Neon Dreams will be headlining performances by Eastern Eagle, Dee Dee Austin, and Drives the Common Man. Get your FREE passes to the main event here and please note that passes are only valid for entry before 7:30pm.
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Explore the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site for free between 9am-5pm on July 1st!
Pier 21's Canada Day programming includes free access to the Museum, live musical performances and DJs, chalk artists, a photo booth and more! This year's theme is HOPE, the Museum challenges us to consider who we were, who we are now, and who we can become together, as Canadians.
The popular Bedford Days celebration will come to a close on July 1st. Beginning with a Canada Day Pancake Breakfast and ending with a waterfront fireworks display, you can spend your whole Canada Day at DeWolf Park in Bedford! See the schedule of festivities below:
Pancake Breakfast | 9am-11am
Indulge in a pancake breakfast in the park with Sunnyside pancakes served by the Sunnyside Restaurant staff!
Glow's Fun Land | 9am-4pm
Let the kids celebrate by bouncing their hearts away! Tickets and bracelets will be sold on site.
Live Music | 11:30am-1pm
Tyler Key will be performing on the main stage!
Glow's Fun Land | 6pm-9:45pm
Glow's Fun Land is open again for the evening! Note that bracelets purchased earlier during the day session are not valid for this evening session.
Bedford Volunteer Fire Dept. Beer Fest | 6pm-Midnight
Enjoy a cash bar, live music and a DJ from 6pm until midnight!
Donair Supply & Fireworks Finale | 8pm-10pm
Atlantic Canadian party band Donair Supply will perform on the main stage. There will also be kids entertainment and a firework finale beginning at 10pm!
Sackville Patriot Days
Sackville's Patriot Days also will be coming to a close on July 1s, but not before the Celebrate Canada Parade down Sackville Drive and some other fun events!
Celebrate Canada Parade | 9am
Sackville Patriot Days is excited to present the return of the Patriot Days Parade on Canada Day! The parade will being at Downsview Mall (720 Sackville Drive, Lower Sackville) at 9am, make it's way down Sackville Drive then disperse in the Rock Church parking lot (222 Sackville Drive, Lower Sackville) for a community BBQ.
Awards Ceremony & Cake Cutting | 11am
The Sackville Patriot Days annual Awards Ceremony and cake cutting will take place at the Rock Church at 222 Sackville Drive at 11am.
40th Anniversary Celebration & Flag Raising | 11am
Head to Fultz House at 11am to celebrate their 40th anniversary and watch the raising of the flag.
Baked Bean Drive-Thru | 12pm-2pm
Don't miss the annual Fultz House Museum Baked Bean Drive-Thru! Baked Beans, Brown Bread, Chili Cheese Dogs and Hot Dogs will be available for purchase in the museum parking lot on Memory Lane in Lower Sackville. Picnic tables and benches will also be set up on the grounds if you'd like to sit and enjoy your meal while there!
Teddy Bear Picnic & BBQ | 1pm-3pm
Bring the kids - and their favourite stuffie - to the Sackville Area at 91 First Lake Drive for an afternoon of games, bouncy castles, cake and barbecue!
Meet a Mermaid at Fisherman's Cove
It's always a treat to spend Canada Day at Fisherman's Cove in Eastern Passage. Explore the shops, get a cone from What's the Scoop, and meet some live mermaids! The mermaids will be outside of Shore Things from 12pm-2pm.
Harbourside Rib Fest
Fill your belly with the best ribs in town at the 8th Annual Harbourside Ribfest. Atlantic Canada's largest volunteer-run event is coming to Dartmouth this year. Featuring five world-renowned rib trucks, a selection of local vendors, and live entertainment all day, the Harbourside Ribfest is back and better than ever! To make things even more exciting, all profits go to the Rotary Club of Halifax Harbour, a group dedicated to charitable giving both locally and internationally. RibFest will be open on the Dartmouth Waterfront at Alderney Landing on July 1st from 10am-10pm, admission is free.
Whether you're spending Canada Day in Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford or somewhere on a lake, make the most of it and enjoy the long weekend!
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