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Canada Day in Toronto: Fireworks, what’s open/closed

Last Updated Jun 30, 2015 at 6:23 pm EST

The maple leaf is forever, and so is Canadian pride as the country marks its 148th birthday on Wednesday.

There are plenty of events taking place in Toronto to show off and celebrate your patriotism, with fireworks being the main highlight. Below is a list of fireworks displays in Toronto.

But, since Canada Day is also a statutory holiday, there will be closures in effect, which are posted below.

And, with all these events come road closures across the city, so pack your patience and the nice character Canadians are known for around the world. Click here for a list.

Fireworks in the Toronto area

Please note, the fireworks are dependent on the weather. The city is also reminding residents setting off their own fireworks in public parks is illegal.

Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay W., Toronto

As part of the its Canada Day Extravaganza, which runs now until July 1, the Canada Eve Fireworks on Tuesday will light up the sky along the waterfront in a 20-minute, two-barge free show choreographed to music from 10:40 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Mel Lastman Square
5100 Yonge St., Toronto

Celebrate Canada Day with live music, including Juno-award-nominated reggae artist Jay Douglas and the Allstars, dance, aerial acrobats, family fun, and of course, fireworks set to music. The free event runs from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., with the light show at 10:15 p.m.

Downsview Park
35 Carl Hall Rd., Toronto

The free fireworks show, which has the best views from The Meadow or the Festival Terrace, takes place around 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Ashbridges Bay Park
1675 Lake Shore Blvd E., Toronto

The annual fireworks display in the Beach starts at 10 p.m., and can also be viewed along the boardwalk from Coxwell to Victoria Park avenues.

With around 30,000 people expected to attend, drivers can expect traffic congestion in the area. Police will also be issuing tickets to drivers who illegally park their vehicles, and warn they will be towed away.

Scarborough celebrations
Partake in a free pancake breakfast, revel in buskers, enjoy a craft sale and more in Thomson Memorial Park (1005 Brimley Rd.), being held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

From 4 p.m. to around 5:30 p.m., a Canada Day parade will make its way from Brimley Road, west of the Scarborough Civic Centre, and end at Lawrence Avenue East.

The day will cap off with a free fireworks show at Milliken Park (4325 McCowan Rd.) at dusk.

Centennial Park
256 Centennial Park Rd., Etobicoke

What better way to spend Canada Day than by devouring barbecue ribs while listening to live music, and then relaxing with a fireworks display at 10 p.m.

East York celebrations
A Canada Day parade with marching bands will make its way at 10 a.m. from Dieppe Park (455 Cosburn Ave.) to Stan Wadlow Park (373 Cedarvale Ave.), where revellers can check out live entertainment and other activities from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. A fireworks show will top off the night at 10:15 p.m.

Weston Lions Park
2125 Lawrence Ave. W., North York

The Canada Day party featuring live entertainment, food and family fun, runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and ends with fireworks.

Amesbury Park
1507 Lawrence Ave. W., North York

Barbecue goodies, live entertainment, a marketplace and a strongman competition await funmeisters at the annual event, plus a fireworks show at 10 p.m.

Canada’s Wonderland
9580 Jane St., Vaughan

Spend the day enjoying the thrilling rides and then catch the music-filled fireworks show over Wonder Mountain at 10 p.m. New this year, fire divers will create a starry sky as they jump off the mountain and into the Royal Fountain.

What’s open and closed in Toronto

Closed on Canada Day

  • Most grocery stores are closed, but some are open. Please call the store nearest you.
  • LCBO locations but some agency stores will be open
  • Beer stores
  • Libraries
  • Government offices
  • No mail delivery
  • Banks

 

Open on Canada Day

  • TTC will run on a holiday schedule
  • GO Transit will run on a Saturday schedule
  • Garbage collection
  • Most malls, including Eaton Centre (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.), Vaughan Mills (10 a.m. – 7 p.m.), Square One Shopping Centre (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.) and Bramalea City Centre (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.), but Yorkdale mall is closed
  • Tourist sites and attractions, including historic sites
  • Toronto-run golf courses, outdoor swimming pools, wading pools and splash pads