Jun 23 | Posted by Barry Cohen

Toronto is turning red and white in preparation for Canada Day. The patriotic birthday bash is a highlight of the summer social season. Originally known as Dominion Day, July 1 honours the joining of various provinces as one country under the Constitution Act. The name changed in 1982 to reflect Canada’s official independence from the United Kingdom. 

GTA residents will honour the country’s 149th year with massive firework shows, concerts, family-friendly block parties and backyard bar-be-ques. For those interested in the social scene, special events are scheduled around the greater Toronto Area. 

Ashbridges Bay Park

Named after a British loyalist who settled the area in the 1790s, the Ashbridges Bay Park spectacular fireworks display starts around 9:30pm. Spend the day on the park’s celebrated Beach before watching the sun go down and fireworks light up.

Mel Lastman Square

Circus acts and upbeat music concerts lead up to a choreographed fireworks finale set to music. This year’s performers feature a New Orleans inspired horn barn playing top 40 hits, the funky Soul Motivators, and world-renowned hip-hop artist Emmanuel Jai. 

Toronto Ribfest

The 16th Annual Toronto Ribfest is a top-rated event in Ontario. Two stages host continuous entertainment throughout the four-day festival. On July 1, the day begins with a Citizenship Ceremony swearing in 40 new Canadians and finishes with have fireworks appropriate for Canada Day. 

Amesbury Park Canada Day Celebration

An All-star Softball tournament starts a full day of entertainment and sport at Amesbury Park. The annual Strongman, Strongwoman, and Body Building competitions showcase incredible feats of strength. Children’s activities with games, inflatables and rides start at 11 a.m. Live Entertainment opens the main stage at 2 p.m. and the whole family can enter the Talent Competition starting at 4 p.m. Vendors will showcase crafts, goods, and other local merchandise. A fireworks show caps festivities.

RedPath Waterfront Festival 

Soak in the view of Lake Ontario along the Harbourfront and welcome back the impressive tall ships. The three-day festival launches the Tall Ships Challenge Great Lake Series. The event spans the waterfront from Spadine to Bay with ships docked in HTO Park for public deck tours. Walk on an authentically recreated Viking vessel, the six decks of the Spanish ship El Galeon, and more. This year the Royal Canadian Navy participates with two 55-metre coastal defense naval ships, a navy obstacle course, and land-based activities from Harbor Square Park. End the day with the Harbourfront Center fireworks display.

To find other events nearby in GTA, visit: http://www.todocanada.ca/Canada-Day-in-Toronto-GTA/

As Canadian residents, we have much to be thankful for this Canada Day. Our country is reportedly ranked as one of the world’s safest and most stable places to live, and Toronto is consistently named as a top city. From the Barry Cohen group, we wish you a Happy Canada Day.