(By: Angela McLean)
More so than any other holiday, fireworks are an integral part of Canada Day celebrations. Amidst the buzz of Canada 150 this year, there is no excuse for not being prepared with a plan of action as to where your squad will take in a fireworks spectacle.
Check out six places to see fireworks in and around Toronto this July 1 – and all weekend if you are lucky.
Nathan Phillips Square
At Nathan Phillips Square, it is ‘go big or go home’ – fitting, since they already host the famous Toronto sign that draws locals and tourists alike. For yet another reason to come down to the square outside City Hall, enjoy four music and entertainment-filled days from June 30 to July 3, with nightly fireworks at 10:55 p.m. Artist highlights include the Barenaked Ladies (June 30), Charlotte Day Wilson (July 1), OVO Sound’s dvsn (July 2) and Belly (July 3).
Toronto’s landmark tourist destination has a fireworks display of their own and the best part is that it can be seen from around the city. Can’t get close enough in person? Watch the fireworks and hear the music simulcast on Boom 97.3FM and online at boom973.com. Fireworks begin at 10:30 p.m.
Already respected for its diverse and unique programming, the open-air Harbourfront Centre is set to deliver another interesting line-up with MC/instrumentalist/producer Mother Tareka, music and dance group HATAW x HAN HAN x DATU and genre-defying artist-activist Vox Sambou headlining the evening. The fireworks, set to music inspired by the sounds of the land known as Turtle Island, are not to be missed at 10:45 p.m. (P.S. The giant rubber duck is just down the street at HTO Park. Go get a photo for Snap!)
Just outside of the city in Etobicoke, you can enjoy your fireworks with a side of scrumptious ribs. That is because the park’s fireworks show, which kicks off at 10 p.m., is also part of the annual Toronto Ribfest.
Mississauga Celebration Square
While many residents would surely like to forget last year’s infamous cancellation, Mississauga Celebration Square rarely disappoints with its fireworks display and live entertainment. This year, get excited for performances from a wide array of all-Canadian performers including electro-pop band Neon Dreams and JUNO Award-winner K’NAAN. Fireworks are scheduled for 10 p.m.
Why settle for just fireworks when you can have an entire day filled with fun and entertainment? In addition to performances from Canadian artists and bands like Navigate the Sky, Fred Penner and Exco Levi, the whole family can enjoy attractions like rides, food trucks and a zipline – yes, you read that right. Fireworks are set to light up the sky at 10 p.m.
Where will you be seeing fireworks this Canada Day? Let us know and tweet us pictures @RUtvNews!