Canada Day Celebrations Across Alberta

Whether you’re staying close to home or planning a Canada Day road trip, you’re sure to find plenty of family friendly ways to celebrate Canada’s birthday this year. Here are some of our favourite activities happening around Alberta this Canada Day.
Northern Alberta
Fort McMurray
Take part in the annual free two-day Canada Day celebrations around Fort McMurray. The party starts on June 30 with live entertainment followed by a midnight fireworks display. On July 1, enjoy a pancake breakfast before the Canada Day Parade, then take in some fun family activities at MacDonald Island Park.
Grande Prairie
Plan to spend a lot of time in Muskoseepi Park on June 30, with live music, bouncy castles, food vendors, and a midnight fireworks display. On July 1, secure your spot early to take in the Canada Day Parade before heading back to the park for live entertainment, cake, activities for kids, and Grande Prairie’s various food vendors.
Central Alberta
There’ll be no shortage of family-friendly events in Edmonton to enjoy, from tours of the Alberta Legislature Building or a visit to City Hall to festivities at city attractions such as the Valley Zoo and the Muttart Conservatory. However you spend July 1, be sure to make your way to the river valley for the fireworks display, scheduled for 11 p.m.
St. Albert
This Canada Day in St. Albert is dedicated to the RCMP. Fuel up for a fun day with a pancake breakfast, then enjoy the activities in the city parks and historical sites. For the family, there’s live entertainment, games, crafts, cookies, ice cream, face painting, and food vendors. The fireworks start at 11 p.m. at Mission Park; arrive early to get a good viewing spot.
Red Deer
Come out to the Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society for a fun day at Bower Ponds that includes a giant red and white cake, arts and crafts vendors, cultural performances throughout the day, and a fireworks display at 11 p.m.
This year’s celebrations are commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Flag and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir John A. MacDonald. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, live entertainment, a scavenger hunt, tours, delicious treats at the on-site concessions, train rides, and a cadets dunk tank. The list goes on of all the fun things you can do before the fireworks start at 11:15 p.m.
Southern Alberta
Plan on spending the day on the riverfront where you can enjoy free family activities, a First Nations Powwow on Prince’s Island, a living flag, a food truck roundup, and DJs at Festival Market. Arrive early to secure a spot to watch the fireworks display that’s scheduled to start around 10:45 p.m. — last year nearly 250,000 people came out to celebrate.
Celebrations are taking place all over town from Henderson Lake Park, to Galt Gardens, to the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, the Galt Museum, and more. Enjoy live entertainment, games, crafts, sketch artists, balloon animals, family activities, and a fireworks display that start at 11 p.m.
Celebrate Canada Day in the mountains. Make your way to Main Street for the parade, then spend the afternoon in Centennial Park (a short five-minute walk away) for food, live music, and family fun, including face painters, puppets, bouncy castles, and a fireworks display scheduled to start at 10:30 p.m.
Medicine Hat
Expect a full and fun day in Kin Coulee Park. This year’s celebration has a pancake breakfast, hayrides, pipes and drums, children’s activities, displays and demonstrations, a Canada Day souvenir stand, multicultural entertainment and, of course, birthday cake. The fireworks display at 11:15 p.m. puts the finishing touches on this fantastic day.

Krista is an Online Content Specialist in Edmonton with AMA, a part-time freelance writer, budding editor, jewellery maker, health nut, baker, and believer that dark chocolate makes the world a better place.