The City of Kitchener wants you to stay safe and have fun this Canada Day. Join us in downtown Kitchener on Friday, July 1 for free concerts and fireworks. Enjoy a block party with performances by The Free Label and Ramsay Almighty on Gaukel Street from 3 to 6 p.m. Rufus John, Bad Child, Alyssa Reid, and headliner Glass Tiger, will perform on the main stage in Carl Zehr Square from 6 to 10:30 p.m. The evening will end with a beautiful fireworks display, around 10:20 p.m., weather permitting. For more information, visit To find more City of Kitchener events taking place this summer, visit 

This holiday weekend, residents are encouraged to keep safety top of mind and exercise caution with private backyard fireworks displays. Under the City of Kitchener Municipal Code, fireworks can only be set off on privately owned property, provided residents are able to meet the setback requirements, on Victoria Day, Canada Day and Diwali, and the day immediately before and after these holidays. Fireworks are not permitted to be set off on any City-owned lands, parks or schoolyards. Fireworks cannot be sold to anyone under the age of 18.

Questions about fireworks can be directed to the Kitchener Fire Department at 519-741-2496 or the corporate contact centre at 519-741-2345. In the event of an emergency or dangerous situation, always call 911. For more information on fireworks safety, visit

Some city facilities will be closed or open modified hours this holiday weekend:

Facility closures

Offices at Kitchener City Hall will be closed on July 1, for the Canada Day public holiday. Services normally offered by staff will be available again on Monday, July 4 at 8:30 a.m.

Kitchener Market

The market will be closed Friday, July 1. It will be open for regular business hours on Saturday, July 2.

Kitchener Public Library

All Kitchener Public Library locations will be closed on Friday, July 1. Regular hours resume on Saturday, July 2.


Lyle Hallman Pool, Forest Heights Pool, Breithaupt Centre, and Cameron Heights Pool will be closed on Friday, July 1. Harry Class Pool, Wilson Pool, and Kiwanis Pool will be open during regular operating hours, while Idlewood Pool will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.


City splashpads will remain open throughout the weekend.

Community centres

All community centres will be closed on Friday, July 1 for Canada Day.

The Aud and arenas

The community arenas including the Lyle S Hallman walking track will be closed on July 1. The Aud will be open for scheduled rentals.

Kiwanis Park and Budd Park

Kiwanis Park will be open for regularly scheduled programs on Friday, July 1.

Budd Park will be open for scheduled rentals on Friday, July 1.


For more information:

Bethany Rowland
Director, Corporate Communications