KITCHENER – Celebrate Canada’s birthday in the City of Kitchener! Join us in downtown Kitchener for Canada Day celebrations including live music and fireworks.

Musical performances to take place at city hall by local talents To The Trees and Hugo Alley, beginning at 6 p.m. Strictly Hip, musical masters of The Tragically Hip, will headline the main stage at 8:45 p.m. A spectacular fireworks display, presented by the downtown Kitchener BIA, will cap off the evening’s festivities at 10:15 p.m.

Local businesses in the downtown area will be hosting their own celebrations throughout the weekend with live music.

If you are celebrating the long weekend with fireworks, please note that under the City of Kitchener Municipal Code, fireworks can only be set off on Victoria Day, Canada Day and Diwali, and the day immediately before and after these holidays. Fireworks cannot be sold to anyone under the age of 18. Following local regulations on lighting fireworks will minimize disruptions in your neighbourhood and ensure your safety this Canada Day.

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:

Offices at Kitchener City Hall will be closed on Monday, July 2, for the Canada Day public holiday. Services normally offered by staff will be available again on Tuesday, July 3 at 8:30 a.m. The building itself will remain open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. as it does on all holidays and weekends.

The market will be closed as usual on Sunday, July 1 and Monday, July 2. It will be open for regular business hours on Tuesday, July 3.

All Kitchener Public Library locations will be closed on Monday, July 2.

All indoor pools will be closed on Sunday, July 1 and will reopen Monday, July 2 for regularly scheduled recreational swims and lessons. Harry Class outdoor pool, Idlewood outdoor pool, Kiwanis Park outdoor pool, and Wilson outdoor pool will be open Sunday, July 1.

All community centres will be closed on Sunday, July 1 and will reopen Monday, July 2.

Don McLaren Arena, Grand River Arena, and Sportsworld Arena will be closed Sunday, July 1. The Lions Arena and Activa Sportsplex are open for rentals and events. The Lyle S. Hallman Foundation indoor walking track at Activa Sportsplex will be open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 1.

The Aud will be open for regular scheduled rentals and events on Sunday, July 1. For details, visit The Activa Box Office at The Aud as well as their administrative offices will be closed on Sunday, July 1 and Monday, July 2.

Budd Park indoor soccer facility will be closed on Sunday, July 1.

City splash pads will remain open during the weekend.

King St. will be closed from Water St. to Ontario St., in addition to adjacent streets (College, Young, and Gaukel) as of Sunday, July 1 at 9 a.m., until Monday, July 2 at 2 a.m.


For more information:

Marissa LaBianca
Communications and marketing associate,
City of Kitchener
519-741-2200 ext.7191