The countdown to Canada Day celebrations is on, with an all-day lineup that kicks off with a citizenship ceremony and wraps up with fireworks. Entertainment featuring School of Rock Markham, a seniors’ luncheon and parade round out the annual July 1st festivities.
“It’s a point of pride when we come together as a community, joining Canadians from coast to coast to celebrate our nation’s birthday, and in true Markham style, we celebrate in a big way,” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti.
“Markham’s story, Canada’s story, is about living in harmony knowing what we have in common far outweighs what makes us different. It’s about welcoming new Canadians and recognizing those who came before us.”
Milne Dam Conservation Park at 8251 McCowan Rd., is the official site of Markham’s Canada Day celebrations and will be the setting of a wide variety of children’s activities, live music, food trucks and more.
The city will welcome 50 new Canadians in a citizenship ceremony at the Markham Civic Centre at 9350 Hwy. 48 at 8:30 a.m. The sold-out seniors’ luncheon will bring together 800 people to celebrate the contributions of seniors to the Markham community and enjoy entertainment by vocalist Quisha Wint. It begins at 11:45 a.m. at Le Parc at 8432 Leslie St.
Watch the past, present and future of Markham come to life as the People’s Parade makes its way from McCowan Road and Hwy. 7 into Milne Dam Conservation Park beginning at 4 p.m. Members of the community are encouraged to join in the fun. The day’s celebrations close with grand finale fireworks at the park at 10 p.m.
Each year, the event draws more than 20,000 attendees. Visit markham.ca/canadaday to learn more.
Photo: Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Town Crier John Webster and his wife, Mary, at the entertainment lineup announcement. Photo courtesy of the City of Markham.