The City of Kitchener wants you to stay safe as you celebrate Canada Day in the city on July 1.

Fireworks safety

To meet physical distancing guidelines, public firework displays will not be permitted, and in-person, public events have been cancelled. Fireworks cannot be set off in municipal parks, sports fields, laneways, or on school board property.

Residents are encouraged to exercise caution with private backyard firework displays, ensuring they meet the safety requirements and setbacks on their own property. Additionally, residents are reminded of Provincial safety guidelines limiting gatherings of more than 10 people. Please note that municipal by-law officers will be enforcing current public health restrictions.

What’s open and closed on July 1

With the Canada Day holiday, some municipal buildings will be closed to the public on Wednesday, July 1 including City Hall and the pick-up services at all Kitchener Public Library (KPL) branches. In-person appointments at City Hall and KPL pick-ups will resume on Thursday, July 2.

Kitchener parks and open spaces are open for use, except for some amenities, such as playgrounds. With more than 200 parks and over 200 km of trails available for use, residents can enjoy a picnics, and other outdoor games and activities on Canada Day. Please remember that physical distancing guidelines should be followed.

Splash pads at McLennan, Centerville Chicopee and Kingsdale are open, but with limited opening times and occupancy limits to due to provincial restrictions. Splash pads will be staffed, and queues are expected in busy periods. Families should expect wait times and plan their visits accordingly.

Many sports fields are available for recreational use, our basketball courts, tennis and pickleball courts are open and there are picnic tables and benches available to support visits. Please remember when using our parks, trails and open spaces to maintain physical distancing.

For more information on what’s open and closed, visit

Canada Day broadcast

This year, the City of Kitchener plans to bring residents together virtually with a Canada Day broadcast on CTV News Kitchener featuring musical performances from The Beaches, Bad Child and Rufus John, along with profiles of heroes making a difference in our community through these unprecedented times. The broadcast, airing from 5-6 p.m., will serve as the finale in the Kitchener Says Thanks virtual concert series.

To check local listings for the live TV broadcast, visit or RSVP for the City’s Facebook event to be notified when the show is about to begin.