As safety measures continue in an effort to keep COVID-19 cases as low as possible, Canada Day parades, festivals, and other in-person events are off the table. Thankfully, event organizers have set their sights on new ways to celebrate to keep the fun going while abiding by social distancing measures. They have decided to go digital, taking the celebrations to everyone’s doorstep. Here’s a look at several virtual Canada Day events you can enjoy in 2020.
Enjoy Canada Day the Niagara Way
The City of Niagara Falls is inviting everyone to hop online on July 1st at 11am for a virtual rendition of their Canada Day celebrations. They promise to roll out a ton of activities plus artistic performances and other shows.
On their itinerary, they will have performances from:
- Juliet Dunn
- Avenue Inn
- Great Lake Swimmers
- Spencer Burton
- Tim Hicks
With so many excellent acts coming together to entertain their digital guests, this event will likely go on until the evening hours.
Attend the Virtual Surrey, British Columbia Canada Day Celebration
The Surrey Canada Day party starts online at 10:30am on July 1st with a special segment for kids and seniors. After a lengthy break, the festivities will come back from 6pm to 9pm with virtual tours, performances, and tributes galore.
While enjoying their programming, you will see:
- Touching rodeo tributes
- Live music by Toque, The Beaches, and more
- Informative cultural acts
- Interactive dance lessons
They will even end the event with a digital firework finale that promises to impress and delight all attendees.
Check Out the Vaughan Video Reel
Tune into the Vaughan Celebrates event from 5pm to 8pm on July 1st for an amazing video reel. For the past couple months, they have been requesting everyone send in their three to seven second videos on what they love about Canada. During their event, they will show all those videos live to share the pride everyone has for their beloved country. You will hear from residents and businesses alike as they share their heartwarming messages with their community.
Watch Halifax Celebrate Canada Day Online
Halifax will be hosting one of the largest virtual celebrations in the country and you can tune in on YouTube and Eastlink TV. Canada’s national celebration is normally hosted from Ottawa but this year CBC Television is featuring cities from all across the country. They will host an afternoon special at 1pm AST and an evening special at 9pm AST. Halifax is going to be featured and they are promising quite the show.
Celebrate by Watching the Federal Virtual Show
Although the official plans are still in the works, the federal government also has a virtual Canada Day 2020 celebration up its sleeve. They are busy creating a virtual program that will highlight local artists and artisans. The program will put a spotlight on the diversity, values, and talent found across the country. Although it is unclear if the artists will perform on a private stage without an audience or stream from elsewhere, it is well worth attending to see everything this country has to offer. Make sure to download the celebration kit on June 15th or later to participate in all the fun.
Have a Blast at Home with a BBQ and More
In between all these virtual events, you can make the most of your celebrations while chilling at home. To kick off the fun, don a truly patriotic outfit adorned in red and white plus Canadian flags head to toe. If you do not have a flag on hand, never fear, simply break out the face paint and put one on your cheek.
Once you are outfitted in all the right gear, you can focus your energy on creating all your favourite meals, including beaver tails and poutine. Also, don’t forget to turn up the music and enjoy songs from all the most popular Canadian musicians, including Rush and Drake.
Whether you huddle around your computer all day with your family or have the group head into your backyard to enjoy outdoor celebrations, you can make Canada Day 2020 the most memorable event yet. Your commitment to continued social distancing serves your country well as you help everyone stay healthy during this pandemic.
Make sure to check out your local area for all their Canada Day celebrations and send us your photos; we would love to see how you celebrated Canada Day!